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Anaheim breaks tourism record for fifth straight year with 24.2 million visitors

February 13, 2018 |

A bigger convention center and two popular theme parks helped the city of Anaheim break its tourism record — again.

Anaheim welcomed 24.2 million visitors in 2017, about a 5% increase over the 23 million visitors in the previous year and more than 30% higher than 2012, according to Visit Anaheim,…


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Anaheim janitorial company paid workers below minimum wage, lawsuit alleges

November 30, 2017 |

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra sued an Orange County janitorial company, alleging the firm engaged in a conspiracy to defraud its workers who clean the stores of major retailers throughout the state.

Becerra, in a suit filed Thursday in Orange County Superior Court, alleged One Source Facility…


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Disneyland fans gripe about Shanghai Disney’s free digital Fastpass, which costs $10 in Anaheim

September 8, 2017 |

Visitors to the Shanghai Disney Resort in China will soon get to use a smartphone app to reserve a time to visit their favorite attraction without waiting in a long line — at no additional cost.

But some Disney fans are irked because the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim launched a similar app in July…


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Disney announces new Marvel attraction in Anaheim and the name of its Star Wars land

July 16, 2017 |

With demand continuing to grow for Disney parks and movies, the entertainment giant announced plans to add new attractions throughout its parks, including a new Marvel superhero expansion in Anaheim.

During its fan exposition D23 in Anaheim, Disney officials on Saturday revealed details of planned…


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Anaheim breaks visitor record, with crowds flocking to Disneyland and convention center

February 13, 2017 |

Several bustling conventions, a slew of new hotels and an army of Disneyland fans helped the city of Anaheim draw a record 23 million visitors last year, tourism officials said.

The 2016 record, a 2.3% increase over 2015, represents the fourth year in a row that Anaheim has exceeded its previous…


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Airbnb sues Anaheim over law that makes the rental site liable for hosts who violate city law

July 28, 2016 |

Airbnb sued the city of Anaheim on Thursday, challenging a new city law that imposes fines on short-term rental sites for listing homes and apartments that violate the city’s rental regulations.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, marks the second time in so many months that…


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Anaheim gives Disney a tax break for a new luxury hotel

July 13, 2016 |

The operators of the Happiest Place on Earth are a bit happier today.

Following lengthy debate, the Anaheim City Council voted to give Disneyland a tax break of about $ 267 million over the next 20 years to build a luxury hotel on what is now a parking lot near the theme park.

The tax break, which…


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Anaheim bans short-term rentals in residential areas

July 1, 2016 |

In response to vocal complaints from residents, the Anaheim City Council voted to ban all future short-term rentals in residential areas of the city and gave existing rental operators 18 months to close up shop.

Following a five-hour meeting that included testimony from short-term rental operators…


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Disney chief rejects idea of third Anaheim park but confirms expansion

March 13, 2015 |

A new Disney theme park in Anaheim is probably not in the works but an expansion of Disneyland is very likely.
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Anaheim Versus Detroit: Detroit In A Landslide

June 21, 2013 |

  It’s not super often that Detroit is lifted up as an example of good governance.  The city has been wracked with decades of stagnation, has had a series of mayors parade from city hall to jail, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently placed the city into receivership and appointed an “emergency manager” to restructure debt and approve council and mayoral decisions with the goal of putting the city on a better, more sustainable path.  But the shameful actions taken last week by the City Council in Anaheim served as a reminder that Detroit has done some things that are a model of good governance.  And recently too. Anaheim is a city of 343,793 that lies in the heart of Orange County.  The OC used to be a bastion of conservatives, this has changed over the past 20 years as immigrants from Mexico and South Asia have become an ever larger presence.  This has changed the demographic makeup and the politics.  The city is now majority minority. The area comprises part of a safe Democratic district. Big changes have been happening. Big changes have happened in Anaheim everywhere, that is, except on the City Council, whose membership has remained wealthy and white. How has this happened? Anaheim elects all of its Council members as citywide at-large members, which empowers the politically active and well-connected, and effectively mutes the voices of immigrants and the poor, who vote less often and have less money to impact the political process. This is a sad subversion of representative democracy. The solution to this is to introduce district-level representation, so that each geographic area in a city sends a representative to the Council.  Because people sort according to race and class, this is a better way to ensure that the full range of voices is represented in the city’s governance structure.  Anaheim’s entrenched powers-that-be rejected this last week, in essence deciding that preserving their power was a higher priority than embracing America’s ideals.  This is a travesty and the Council should be ashamed.    In contrast, Detroit used its voter-led initiative process to move from an all at-large Council system to one with district representation, thus ensuring broader Council representation. Although the first election under the new rules will come under the receivership, meaning the new Council members will have only limited power, this is a strong move in the right direction. Anaheim, are you taking note?
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