OC Weekly is out with its “scariest” list of 2015 and there’s the usual hodge-podge of criminals and political figures, but one entry that’s sure to draw the ire of the radical Tom Tait fanatics — Garden Grove’s “Great Wolf Lodge,” an indoor water park financed by the city of Garden Grove in the same manner that Tait routinely vetos in Anaheim. But this is different because Tait’s company is a contractor on the project.
From OC Weekly:
THE GREAT WOLF LODGE
Anyone who has driven on Garden Grove’s stretch of Harbor Boulevard can’t help but notice the tubular terror that is the Great Wolf Lodge. Just on the outskirts of the Disneyland Resort, the water-park resort is not only a case study in corporate welfare–the city booted poor RV-park residents off the land and gave it away for free to the developer, then rewarded said developer with $47 million in subsidies for a 600-room hotel in a desperate attempt to be anything but Garden Grove–but it’s also a WATER PARK BEING OPENED IN THE MIDDLE OF AN APOCALYPTIC DROUGHT.
Mitigating factor: Jobs, jobs, jobs! Trade-union construction jobs!
Garden Grove recently authorized a $42 million bond payment to the developer for the project and when a commenter to the Voice of OC story linked it back to Tait & Associates, the Taitbots descended quickly:
Please go to the post to read the entire string of comments. I realize Tait & Associates has a business to run, but you do not have to take every client that comes your way. Especially if the job is financed in a manner you didn’t vote for in nearby Anaheim. What it looks like is you used your vote to kill projects that might compete with your neighbor city’s own construction project.
Since Tait & Assicates probably shouldn’t have pursued this deal to begin with, just about every contract I’ve been involved with has had an “opt out” or “cancellation” clause. But this deal is what it is — a contract that let’s Tom Tait and his company have their cake and it eat it too.