Would a $15 Minimum Wage Campaign Help Working-Class Anaheim More Than a Gate-Tax?

Categories: Dishney

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Photo by flickr user Glen Scarborough
Anaheim City Hall
It's been nearly two weeks since the Anaheim city council gave Mickey Mouse a decades-long entertainment tax exemption, and activists are still reeling over it. The 3-2 vote during a marathon meeting promised total reimbursements of any future levy for up to 45 years in exchange for $1.5 billion in Disney expansion efforts. The latest sweetheart deal brought the people's pitchforks out again with angry residents vowing to double down on political revenge.

But Duane Roberts, a former Anaheim city council candidate (and Weekly 'Best Gadfly') says that a "Fight for $15" minimum wage increase campaign would benefit working-class residents more than a gate-tax could've ever hoped for.

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Darreck Michael Enciso, Disney Resort Hotel Worker, Allegedly Tried to Hook Up with Girl

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Darreck Michael Enciso could get more than four years in prison.
A Disney Resort Anaheim hotel restaurant staff member was charged Monday with attempting to sell tickets to Disneyland in exchange for sex with a minor.

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Anaheim Passes 30-Year Disney Gate-Tax Ban, to Resort Elite's Delight

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Photo by flickr user Glen Scarborough
Anaheim City Hall?

Disneyland began celebrating its 60th birthday in late May, and the Anaheim city council lined up the House of the Mouse with a generous gift. The theme park is planning a future billion-dollar investment for resort area expansions but wanted a lil' something in return. At the end of the marathon meeting that began yesterday afternoon and wrapped up this morning at 1:04 a.m., the council majority gave it to them: a ban on any future gate tax on admissions on Disney for at least 30 years!

The resort cabal, usually glaring at their tablets in the back rows of council chambers during other meetings, came out full force to barely contain their glee at fleecing Anaheim residents for decades to come, while said residents were mostly relegated to a spillover room, as young people protested outside.


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Dr. Sears, OC Republican Legislators Illin' Over Gov. Brown Signing Vaccinations Bill

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Too late for this boy, who was infected in 1963.
That late December/early 2015 outbreak of measles traced from Disneyland to other parts of Orange County, across California, over the border to Mexico and to other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington state prompted Golden State vaccination legislation that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday--and then immediately blasted by Orange County Republican legislators and a pediatrician embraced by "anti-vaxxers" or those opposed to or skeptical of vaccinations.

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San Francisco Corrections Officer Left Glock and Cocaine Behind on Family Disneyland Trip: DA

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Ye olde fanny pack
A fanny pack with a loaded Glock 20 handgun and .45 grams of cocaine that was accidentally left in an Anaheim hotel room earlier this month was linked to a San Francisco juvenile corrections officer who was on a family vacation to Disneyland.

Robert Dandrea Minor now could find himself on the other side of adult corrections officers, inside a prison cell for four years. That's what the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) essentially says in a statement this afternoon that indicates the 51-year-old resident of Hercules is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.

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Disneyland Claims Abuse as Termination of Club 33 Membership Draws Lawsuit

Categories: Court, Dishney

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Absinthe/Wikipedia Commons
What's the secret word?
The 84-year-old author of a Disney fan book and 47-year member of Club 33 alleges in a lawsuit against the Burbank-based entertainment giant that his lifetime membership in Disneyland's exclusive private restaurant was wrongfully terminated.

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They're All Mad Here: Disney California Adventure's Biggest Cult Hit is Back

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Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
Here we stand/Worlds apart/Hearts broken in two, two, two.

Hundreds of people crowd around a small outdoor stage in Anaheim on a surprisingly brisk and damp November night. Just the week before, Orange County had averaged in the low 90s as the third year of California's super-drought raged on, but on Nov. 30, 2014, it seemed as if the heavens themselves mirrored the misty-eyed melancholy of the audience. Through tears, their collectively occluded gaze is fixated on the six-piece band onstage, which is halfway through the thumping, heart-rending opening of Journey's overwrought ode to puppy love, "Separate Ways."

One night will remind you/How we touched and went our separate ways.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Present from Anaheim: Progressive Politics

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Illustration by Trevor Keen
From my 2010 cover story on UNITE HERE

In 1988, Disneyland held a huge celebration for Mickey Mouse's 60th anniversary. To commemorate it, they let all Anaheim students attend for free, and gave us T-shirts of Mickey Mouse looking like a rodent version of Huey Lewis down to the fuzzy suit and sneakers.

Oh, those were the good ol' days of Disneyland-Anaheim goodwill, back before Anaheim constructed an I-5 off-ramp to go directly into the Resort and Mexicans began to assert their political influence in the city. Now, for Disneyland's 60th anniversary, they're faced with the unhappy prospect of having to deal with a bunch of Aztlanistas on the City Council at the end of next year.


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Walt Disney was Apparently Thinking About Saving Water in Anaheim Long Before Drought

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The New York Times went to Disneyland--and all they got was a lousy Mickey Mouse t-shirt. Actually, the Gray Lady's Elizabeth Zach wanted to know whether the Rivers of America were still flowing given California's drought and state-mandated 20 percent water usage cutback.

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Pluto Accused of Hurting Kid's Back with Country Bear-Like Hug at Disneyland

Categories: Dishney

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He's so huggable!
I don't know why anyone would expect less from a dog alternately raised by a mouse and whatever the hell Goofy is, but Pluto is accused of sending an 8-year-old boy to the hospital after a strong hug at Disneyland that one would expect from a country bear more than a costumed canine.

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