Aitken calls for equity and fairness from resort district businesses Ashleigh Aitken says resort businesses, such as Disney, luxury hotel operators, and developers, that are benefiting most from Anaheim’s growth and infrastructure improvements need to be better corporate citizens for the benefit of all of Anaheim’s neighborhoods.
Anaheim, CA—Ashleigh Aitken, candidate for Anaheim Mayor, held her opening “Community First” campaign event last night at JT Schmid’s restaurant. She discussed a wide range of issues impacting Anaheim with law enforcement, labor, education, legal, business, and other neighborhood leaders.
Below are some of her additional comments on economic equity and fairness: “We’re all happy to be able to live in Anaheim. We don’t mind contributing more to the strengthening of our neighborhoods if we know it’s going to our kids’ schools, and we know that it’s going to help our roads, and we know it’s going to make Anaheim a better place to live. But it’s a little bit harder if you talk to residents and find out that they are working really hard and they are paying their fair share. And some of the people and businesses that are doing extremely well in Anaheim—that are the economic engines in Anaheim—are not paying their fair share.
We want our Resort District to thrive. We want it to be successful. We need it to be successful, but not on the backs of residents and working families in Anaheim. We should all work together and partner to improve our neighborhoods.
I had the honor of being introduced tonight by Bruno Serato, chef and owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant. Bruno is the shining example of a business leader partnering with our communities. He is not solely focused on the financial success of his business. He is equally devoted to the lives he is changing by feeding children and arranging housing for those in need. And he does it, not because the city made him do it, but because he cares—and it’s the right thing to do.
As a former Federal Prosecutor and as a consumer attorney, you want your Mayor to: not be afraid to fight, know how to fight, and know how to win. Those are three critical skills the law has taught me. I’ll use those skills as Mayor to make sure everyone in Anaheim is really getting a fair share.”
In addition to serving as a local federal prosecutor, Ashleigh previously served Anaheim residents as Chair of the Community Services Board. As a two-term commissioner, she helped secure funding for local non-profit organizations to lift people out of poverty, prevent elder abuse, offer job training and placement, and provide additional education and arts resources to our at-risk youth.
She is also the former Chair and a current member of the Orange County Fair Board, where she is helping to lead improvements on the grounds, add recreational opportunities, offer free programming to over 100,000 schoolchildren at the Centennial Farm, and mitigate traffic on event days. They recently opened up the Heroes Hall museum and education center in honor of our military veterans.
Ashleigh also helped procure the state’s largest migrant farm worker memorial as a tribute to the people who gave their blood, sweat and tears to transform Orange County into what it is today. Ashleigh and her husband, Michael, live in Anaheim with their three daughters and an ark of animals. Ashleigh and Michael work at the family-run law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn. She continues to support and volunteer with the local Assistance League of Anaheim, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Special Olympics, Chance Theatre, Anaheim Ballet, Muzeo, and South Coast Repertory.
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