OCEA Robocall Targets Anaheim Council’s Murray, Eastman, and Sidhu – Again
Posted by Chris Nguyen on February 28, 2012
OCEA had a Sunday, February 12 robocall and a Saturday, February 11 mailer targeting Anaheim Councilmembers Kris Murray, Gail Eastman, and Harry Sidhu. The Anaheim Chamber dropped a Saturday, February 18 mailer defending the three Councilmembers.
Essentially, these robocalls and mailers are the result of a 3-2 Anaheim City Council (Mayor Tom Tait and Mayor Pro Tem Lorri Galloway dissenting) for a $158 million tax plan favoring GardenWalk Hotel I, LCC on January 24. How the plan works in a nutshell is that GardenWalk Hotel I, LCC will retain 80% of the Transient Occupancy Tax money from the GardenWalk Hotel for the next 15 years. (The Transient Occupancy Tax is known colloquially as the hotel bed tax.) My post here explains the controversy.
Well, yesterday at 2:58 PM, the OCEA launched another robocall targetting Murray, Eastman, and Sidhu. Read the transcript below or click to play:
Hello, I’m Larry Larsen, your Anaheim neighbor and local businessman.
If you want to tell Anaheim Councilmembers Murray, Eastman, and Sidhu it’s wrong to give wealthy corporate developers 158 million tax dollars while they cut public safety, libraries, and parks, now’s your chance: join us at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Tell them to give Anaheim citizens the right to vote and stop the giveaway. Demand your vote! Tell them to put it on the ballot.
Join me and our neighbors tomorrow: Tuesday, 4:30 PM, Anaheim City Hall, 200 South Anaheim Boulevard.
This is the same Larry Larsen who did the last robocall.
It looks like Anaheim’s going to be embroiled in this $158 million controversy for the rest of this election year.