Judge Voids Controversial $158 Million Anaheim GardenWalk Hotel Subsidy

Mon, Dec 10, 2012

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{All is not rosy in the land of GardenWalk}

In response to a lawsuit filed against the city of Anaheim and hoteliers, Judge Steven Perk voided an ultra-controversial $158 million GardenWalk hotel subsidization project in Orange County Superior Court today citing a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act. The tax giveaway earlier this year enraged the hell out of Anaheimers and iron branded councilwomen Gail Eastman, Kris Murray and termed out councilman Harry Sidhu as the loathsome crony corporatist trio that they were for approving the deal. In mounting a legal challenge back in February, Amin David, Martin Lopez, Jose Moreno (trustee for the Anaheim City School District), Lorena Moreno and Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) lawyered up with Briggs Law Corporation and offered to negotiate with the city before taking the subsidy to court. The time frame given expired and months later the plaintiffs/petitioners have now prevailed.

Read more about the court’s ruling on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/12/gardenwalk_anaheim.php

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