Business and Tourism

County Of Orange Calls On Governor To Re-Open Disneyland Resort, All California Theme Parks

[Editor: Last week, County CEO Frank Kim sent this letter to Govenor Gavin Newsom. This is part of the ongoing movement to safely re-open Orange County continues pressuring Governor Newsom to expeditiously issue guidelines so that long-dormant segments of the local economy can re-open – permitting people to go back to work, tax revenues to begin flowing again, and generally ...

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Union Watchdog: Local 11 Still Grumpy About the Happiest Place On Earth

[This originally appeared on EyesOn11.com September 21, 2020.] The City of Anaheim is asking California to issue reopening safety protocols for theme parks, “citing that the city is facing unprecedented financial woes due to the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.” The city currently has a $100 million deficit, and a 15 percent unemployment rate. Unite Here Local 11’s members aren’t ...

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Florida Using Long Closure Disneyland Resort & Theme Parks As Wedge To Lure CA Businesses

The State of Florida is taking advantage of California’s fitful and shifting re-opening strategies, on top of the state’s already hostile business climate, to woo California businesses into relocating to the Sunshine State.  The latest salvo spotlights Governor Newsom’s failure to issue re-opening guidelines for theme parks – a major generator of jobs and tax revenue – long after such ...

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Disney Calls On Governor Newsom To Re-Open Theme Parks

Pressure continues to build on Governor Newsom to take action to resuscitate the ailing convention and tourism sector. Yesterday, Disney publicly called on the Governor to issue re-opening guidelines  for theme parks. The Disneyland Resort and other California theme parks have been closed for more than 6 months, and are one of the few economic sectors foe which Newsom has ...

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Building A Re-Opening Plan On Shifting Sand

[Editor: This op-ed originally appeared in the OC Register on September 21, 2020] by Will O’Neill, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Beth Haney, Janine Heft and Brian Goodell We need to safely re-open California – or at least Orange County – now.  We are three weeks into the new “tier” system to reopen California.  The official guidelines have changed three times and we ...

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OC Register: No COVID-19 Outbreaks At Largest US Theme Parks Since Their Re-Opening

There have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at the 20 largest amusement parks in the nation, the OC Register reported yesterday. Meanwhile, California theme parks remain shuttered after six months – with devastating effects for their local economies – while waiting for Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to figure out guidelines to allow them to do what theme parks all ...

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Angel Stadium Agreement: $320 Million Sale Price, 7-Acre Public Park, Hundreds of Affordable Housing Units

On September 9, the Anaheim Planning Commission will take up the proposed final agreement keeping the Angels in Anaheim while selling the stadium and surrounding acreage to SRB Management, a partnership controlled by team owner Arte Moreno.  The highlights of the agreement: A final sale price of $320 million, consisting of $150 million in cash and $170 million in city-requested ...

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JW Marriott Anaheim’s Long Road To Opening

The JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort officially opened for business yesterday. It has been a long and difficult road for this beautiful property – the first 4-Diamond hotel to open in the Anaheim Resort since Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel opened its doors in January 2001. The project was approved by the Anaheim City Council in early 2012. The developers, Ajesh Patel ...

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JW Marriott Anaheim Resort Opens Today

The JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort, the first 4-Diamond hotel in Anaheim since the construction of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, opened for business today. The property was previously scheduled to open in March of this year, but was delayed due to the pandemic-induced statewide economic shutdown that closed the Disneyland Resort. The JW Marriott boasts 466 rooms, which include 19 suites. ...

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City Council To Consider $4 Million Expansion Of Community & Economic Recovery Plan

This Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will vote on expanding the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, including the extension of eviction protections, more support for local businesses and increased funding for COVID-19 testing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The expansion would tap up to $4 million of the $33 million in CARES Act funding the city received from the ...

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