We’re scratching our heads, again, and it’s Anaheim that’s causing our itch. Yesterday Freedom Communications announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the City of Anaheim for the exclusive rights to solicit the naming rights from a corporate sponsor for the new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, a.k.a. “ARTIC.”
Periodically we find ourselves here at LiberalOC puzzled by our agreement with Libertarians on policy issues, particularly when it comes to spending taxpayer funds. We see such expenses as investments, while Libertarians see needles boondoggles of uncontrollable government overreach. But for the past couple years we find that Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is more often the only person of reason on the Anaheim City Council.
A prominent California attorney has alleged that members of the Anaheim City Council violated state law when they voted on behalf of a $158 million hotel subsidy, after accepting contributions from a PAC tied to the project’s developer. Attorney Cory Briggs urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to prosecute the council members in a letter sent Thursday.
Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Franz Miller, set a March 17, 2014 trial date for the Anaheim Voting Rights discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of Anaheim Latino activists who claim that the current at-large system of electing city council members violates the California Voting Rights Act by suppressing the ability of Latinos to be elected in a city that is 53% Latino by population in favor a a wealthy and predominantly whit segment of Anaheim voters.
The Orange County Register’s lead editorial today suggests that Comic-Con, the world’s largest pop culture event, has outgrown its location in San Diego and that Anaheim could handle the event as the Anaheim Convention Center has nearly 300,000 more square feet of space to house the massive nerdprom. In a few words: no Anaheim can’t. …
Apartheid eradicator, South African icon, and former President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday today. Mandela, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa, is celebrating his birthday on his 41st day in a Pretoria, South Africa hospital.
On Tuesday the City of Anaheim got three more weeks before a judge decides if a trial is warranted in a Voting Rights case filed against the city. Judge Miller granted Anaheim one last chance to change it’s mind before he makes a decision on July 30th. You know the saying, “Give ‘em enough rope, and they’ll hang themselves.”