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The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce PAC has published its voter’s guide for the June primary: 

ACC voter guide for June 2014

Various Charter Amendments
Shall the Charter be amended to: modernize and remove outdated language to reflect changes in the City and law; authorize financial documents’ availability in electronic format; update matters regarding boards/commissions; allow setting City Manager compensation by agreement, resolution or ordinance; authorize methods for selling municipal property; permit City Council to delegate Treasurer’s appointment/removal to City Manager; allow Treasurer and Finance Director to be the same person upon Council approval?

Measure C makes several modifications to the City Charter. These modifications are designed to streamline our local government, create additional financial safeguards, close potential loopholes, and increase transparency at City Hall.

For these reasons, we ask all voters to vote “YES” on Measure C.

Change to Term of Office – Mayor
Shall Anaheim City Charter Sections 500 and 504 be amended to change the term of office of the Mayor from four years to two years, and to clarify how “eight years of service” is determined for the purpose of calculating term limits for someone serving as Mayor by also amending Section 503.5?

Measure D is a simple and straightforward measure:
• Changes Anaheim Mayor term to two years
• Increases accountability by requiring the Mayor to face voters every two years
• Limits Mayor to eight years in office
• This is the same as every other City in Orange County with a Directly-Elected Mayor
• Allows voters to reaffirm a good Mayor or more quickly remove a bad Mayor
• Strengthens Anaheim’s Term Limit Law
• Keeps Mayors focused on our priorities – keeping Anaheim safe bringing jobs to our city, and improving neighborhoods
For these reasons, we ask all voters to vote “YES” on Measure D.

Safe and Sane Fireworks
Shall Anaheim Municipal Code Section 6.40.030, which prohibits (bans) the retail sale, possession or use of safe and sane fireworks in the City of Anaheim except pursuant to a public display permit issued by the Fire Chief, be repealed and the City Council granted the authority to regulate safe and sane fireworks?

We support Measure E because it:
• Restores Anaheim traditions by allowing Anaheim residents to participate in a long-standing holiday tradition of celebrating our freedom
• Supports Anaheim’s Community by allowing the legal sale of Safe and Sane fireworks by charitable organizations that get to keep a large portion of the profits
• Is safe for the community by allowing residents to purchase fireworks specifically authorized by the state government
• Provides major benefits to Anaheim by not forcing residents to celebrate the Fourth of July in neighboring cities
• Received unanimous support by Anaheim City Council
• Allows City Council to continue to restrict fireworks from areas (such as Anaheim Hills) where Fire Chief recommends
For these reasons, we ask all voters to vote “YES” on Measure E.


Jeff Farano

As is customary, the mayor’s State of the City speech is preceded by remarks from the chairman of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, giving the chamber’s perspective on the state of the city. Here is Chairman Jeff Farano’s speech from Monday’s event:

Thank you for that kind introduction, Phil. For the last three years I’ve had the honor of standing before you as chairman of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and sharing the Chamber’s perspective on the state of our city. Next month, I will hand the chairman’s gavel over to my able successor, Ross McCune of Castile Builders.

While I have enjoyed being the Chair of the greatest Chamber of Commerce not only in Orange County but in California, I am also excited to see Ross use his proven business skills to continue growing the Chamber and carrying out its policies. Through my experiences around the state and nationally, I truly believe that pound for pound this chamber gets more things done than any other chamber or business organization in the state. And since this will be my last time to do this I would like to recognize and thank my wife Sue for allowing me the time to serve in this important capacity.


Many of you here are long-time Anaheim residents, business owners or both. Some of you are newer to our community – but we’re all partners in one of the major economic centers of this state. Anaheim didn’t achieve that status by chance or fate. Let’s take a moment to reflect on how Anaheim became the success that it is, and why this is such a great place to live and to do business.

Take, for example, Disneyland and the Resort Area, the Angels and the Stadium, the Ducks and the Honda Center, the Anaheim Convention Center and soon, ARTIC. It is no accident they are all located in Anaheim. They are here thanks to the vision and planning of Anaheim’s civic leadership.

These – and more recently the Platinum Triangle, GardenWalk, the Canyon District and the soon-to-open Anaheim Packing District – didn’t just happen in a vacuum. Anaheim is home to all of this, and more, because the leadership of this city and the private sector have shared a vision and worked together as partners to plan out and implement that vision.

For more than half-a-century, Anaheim’s civic and business leadership have worked together to bring businesses and jobs to the people of this city. Anaheim’s leaders had the vision to welcome Disneyland in 1955 as well as each of its expansion projects over the years. The Angels came to Anaheim in 1966, because city leaders had vision to see how it would benefit Anaheim to be the home of a world-class professional baseball franchise.

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Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 against Mayor Tom Tait’s motion to cancel the city’s contract with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to administer the Anaheim Enterprise Zone.

The consensus opinion among the four “no” votes was since staff was already working with the Chamber on revising the contract’s scope in light of legislation ending the California Enterprise Zone program, which could entail the agreement evolving into an economic development partnership of the sort the Chamber has historically had with the city – then it made sense to wait for staff to come back to the council with a finished product for consideration.


The Anaheim City Council hasn’t yet taken up Mayor Tait’s proposal to cancel the Anaheim Chamber’s Enterprise Zone contract (a premature move in the minds of many since the EZ is in operation until the end of the year).

Anaheim Police Association President Kerry Condon has sent a letter to the Anaheim City Council in opposition to this move. Among other things, the APA  states that “a healthy and growing economy in which every Anaheim resident who wants a job and can find one is a big part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime in the city.”

As Ronald Reagan said, “I believe the best social program is a job.”

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Anaheim_Chamber_LogoThis “Action Alert” went out yesterday from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce regarding an item on today’s City Council agenda, namely a move by Mayor Tom Tait to immediately kill the city’s Enterprise Zone contract with the Chamber:

ACTION ALERT: Support Needed for Chamber at Anaheim City Council Meeting

Dear members of the Board of Directors,

In case you have not seen the following linked article, Mayor Tait intends to introduce a motion tomorrow night to immediately terminate the city’s Enterprise Zone contract with the Chamber on the position that it is not needed since the enactment of AB 93 – legislation to eliminate Enterprise Zones beginning January 1, 2014.

“Anaheim Chamber’s deal for doomed program up in the air”

The reality is there is still much work to be done for the remainder of 2013, before AB 93 takes effect, and cancelling the contract would be premature and deprive Anaheim businesses of the opportunity to utilize EZ incentives for the rest of the year. Additionally, we need to work with the City to market and help companies utilize the new $3.75 billion in tax incentives created under AB 93 over the next five years and Chamber leadership has already met with the Governor’s office last week to begin the process.

Here is why the Chamber’s partnership is vital to the Anaheim Community:

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The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce issued a statement last week from CEO Todd Ament blasting Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 93 and SB 90:

“Today, Governor Jerry Brown is signing AB 93, which abolishes the last real economic development tool available to California cities: the California Enterprise Zone program. Despite countless success stories and the creation of jobs for hundreds of thousands of people with barriers to employment, the Governor and many of our state legislators have been swayed by the unions to eliminate an effective tool that creates, retains and attracts jobs in California.”

“In 2009 Anaheim was suffering from double-digit unemployment rates. The City of Anaheim, with support from the Anaheim Chamber, took the initiative to apply for an Enterprise Zone designation, which was granted in 2011 and became active in February 2012. Since that time, the Chamber has processed nearly 3,000 vouchers, each representing a new job created in Anaheim, provided 28,414 businesses with assistance that has protected thousands of jobs, and met with more than 200 businesses from a variety of industry types that were interested in locating to the Anaheim Enterprise Zone.”

“We were pleased to learn from many high ranking officials in Sacramento, including in the Governor’s office, that the Anaheim Enterprise Zone exemplified the very best of what was expected from Enterprise Zones to successfully provide employment and was widely considered the very best of the state’s 42 zones.”

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This came over the transom from the transom from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce:

Chamber Gearing Up for Fourth of July Celebration

The Anaheim Hills Fourth of July Celebration is quickly approaching and the Canyon Hills Community Council and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce have a variety of events that are open to the community. The festivities begin with the Firecracker Run 5K/10K from 5:30 to 10 a.m. at the Canyon High School track, which will also be the site for the Pancake Breakfast that runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., pet owners will converge on the Canyon High School campus for the Yankee Doodle Dog Show.

From there, focus will shift to Peralta Park where food booths will be feeding attendees from 12:30 to 8:45 p.m. while they enjoy entertainment from 3 to 8:45 p.m. and a Fourth of July Parade that starts at Canyon High School. Finally, the evening will culminate in a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m.

To view the schedule of events flier, click here, or for more information about the Anaheim Hills Fourth of July Celebration, visit

Here’s the flyer for the event with the day’s schedule of festivities:

4th of July flyer

newTasteMan150The 18th Annual Taste of Anaheim, organized by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, takes place next Thursday, May 9 at the GardenWalk mall.

Guests get to enjoy the food proferred by the raft of restaurants – 40 eateries and breweries — participating in the event, and live entertainment will be featured as well.

Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door.

It’s a great event; a lot of fun. Don’t miss out!

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