Anaheim City Council Regulates Yard Sales, Gives Millions to Steve Lodge Connected Company

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The elections in Anaheim may be over, but the current council still has some fucking up to do!

Take Tuesday's meeting, where it once again became crystal clear that being an increasingly "business friendly," more freedom, less government kind of town doesn't extend to those who have side hustles out of necessity to make ends meet. They get code enforcement instead!

In a unanimous vote, the Anaheim city council tackled one of its supposedly most pressing "quality of life" issues. Reigning in slum lords with rent control? Nah. Repaving shitty roads? Nah. A living wage for hotel workers? Hell to the nah! Tackling the "great menace" of garage sales? You betcha!

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Thanks to the brain trust up on the dais, Anaheimers can only lay out their belongings for sale four months out of the year. The first Saturday and Sunday of March, June, September, and December, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., is all that's allowed now. New or used items "acquired or consigned solely for the purpose of resale" will be regulated out of existence.

Councilwoman Gail Eastman, the only current "representative" of Anaheim proper, spoke on the issue, likening garage sales to swap meets at times adding that they "just add to the clutter and confusion along our streets and detract...from our neighborhoods." Eastman was heartened by supporters of the ordinance who told her that "this will help give Anaheim a better image."

Before regulating garage sales, council members, excluding Mayor Tom Tait, voted to give Hill International, Inc., who employs failed council candidate and dirty cop Steve Lodge, more than $9.6 million dollars to conduct "environmental and project development activities" into its new streetcar system to come that would connect the resort area to nearby sporting venues. Lodge is, of course, chummy with members of the 'we want it all' council majority, but this is not another simple story of another '3-2' fuck you. Councilwoman Lorri Galloway, darling of Anaheim liberals, joined in the fray.

What happened to all the "clutter and confusion" rhetoric? Apparently, that only applies to those ever so unsightly garage sales.

And there you have it, folks. Everyday working-class people--which in Anaheim means a lot of Mexis in the mix--get regulations for their entrepreneurial side hustles while resort area connected dealings run away with millions.

Who is next in this grand hypocrisy? Eloteros? The paleta man?

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player1
player1

That's all they know how to do,(city council)build build build create minimum wage jobs and continue to overcrowd Anaheim already 300,000 plus population neglect Lapalma Park and build a bridge to nowhere....................

cynthia241
cynthia241

Anaheim based the ordinance on what is done in Santa Ana. Anaheim has been one Hell of an armpit when Santa Ana has a higher standard for blight than we do! The fact is people abuse the yard sales, turning their yards into constant swap meets. Imagine not being able to park in front of your house on weekends because the next door neighbor has racks of stuff for sale every weekend, it gets old fast. Each to his own, but if you are selling stuff that often you need to get a space at the swap meet and let us enjoy our homes and yards on weekends. Next I hope they go after the used cars for sale lining public streets. Blight is not OK.

NGCoot
NGCoot

Four times a year works just dandy for Santa Ana.

ANGEL1
ANGEL1

I have no problem with this.  It's 4 TIMES A YEAR you can have a garage sale.  Please.

anon
anon

When councilwoman Eastman said they  "just add to the clutter and confusion along our streets and detract...from our neighborhoods" was she talking about garage sales or gangbangers?

NGCoot
NGCoot

 @cynthia241 

 

SA has a higher standard for autos for sale on public streets.  From the SA Muni Code:

 

"Sec. 36-136. - Parking at certain places and for certain purposes prohibited.

Parking for sale ... No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of displaying such vehicle for sale."  This also applies to parking for sale in a store parking lot.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @cynthia241 Cynthia: Are you kidding me? Where's the blight in yard sales? Our street has had yard sales forever, and no one has ever complained. And what's wrong with having a "For Sale" sign on your car and parking it on the street? That's how I bought my VW bus! And you call yourself a libertarian-leaning lady? That's NIMBYism at its worst.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @cynthia241 You want the city to go after "corn carts" next. What's that about? Go read Taco USA...

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @NGCoot Typical hypocritical conservative PENDEJO!!! And a Klan apologist haha.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

I have no problem, zero, with all the lawn sales going on that were supposedly in need of such a regulatory ordinance. None.At.All.

cynthia241
cynthia241

@GustavoArellano My friend I have no problem with yard sales, which is why I supported an ordinance that condenses them to four times a year, or I myself would be screwed. I need to host one soon too. The objection is to the perpetual yard sale, we have people rolling up racks of new merchandise and selling off the lawn EVERY weekend, using a residential lot as an unlicensed retail shop. It clogs parking and turns an otherwise quiet neighborhood into something it was not intended for. Quality of life nose dives as well as property values, and no you do not get to devalue the property I am working my butt off to hang onto because you don't want to roll your racks of 3 for $5 shirts to the swap meet. Selling your car is fine, but again we have those who abuse the system, roll down any major street in the flatlands and you see a row of 7 to 10 cars all lined up on the curb, marked for sale by owner, with the same phone number on all of them. This is not a college kid selling his beater for that post grad upgrade, this is a business dodging the expense of a car lot and licensing, which means he is also propbably dodging his tax bill too. Want to run a business that impacts the area? Great, we welcome enterprising people and Anaheim has one of the lowest costs of doing business in the area, but rent space appropriately zoned for your business and quit making life miserable for those of us trying to keep our neighborhoods as residential neighborhoods and not converted to unlicensed business use. Time to be fair to all property owners and/or tenants not just those pushing to get their own way at the expense of others.

NGCoot
NGCoot

@GustavoArellano You got the conservative part right - the rest not so much.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @cynthia241  Again, I don't see anything wrong with anything you described. Which house has 3 T-shirts for $5? Or the street with a bunch of cars for sale?

cynthia241
cynthia241

And please forgive the typos, I am using a tiny pain in the butt keyboard.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @NGCoot  Actually, the conservative part is the least-true part. I also forgot "crybaby," of which you are the most prominent example of all our commenters!

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