PHOTO: About
100 red dome tents were pitched outside of City Hall today as the City
Council heard public comments on housing in the Anaheim Resort area.

Every now and then, a local news story makes me scream at my television, as is the case with Disneyland and the City of Anaheim.

There’s a big fuss going on between the Mouse, residents, business owners, and the local government over a proposed 1,500 unit housing complex near the theme park that is scheduled to include a decent number of affordable housing units.  So what’s the problem?

A Disney-funded referendum would ask voters to block housing in the city’s Resort District.  In other words, find housing anywhere but near the happiest place on Earth.

I tell ya, it makes me sick.  I know too many parents that scrape together the dough to take their kids to Disneyland and California Adventure.  Parents who are not wealthy, in fact nowhere near it, but are trying to give their children the Disney experience.  Yet, the same family oriented company that is so quick to disassociate itself with anything they perceive as anti-friendly, doesn’t find affordable housing for families that important, at least not when it interferes with their plans for a third resort.  And Lord only knows what the rates per night are going be once it’s up.  Disneyland itself already costs an arm and a leg.

Look, we’re rapidly running out of places to house all of the people we have in Los Angeles, not counting the growing number of homeless who aren’t even be able to afford the affordable housing that’s available.  If it comes down to another resort in sunny Southern California or 1,500 units of living space that includes low-income housing, where do you think our priorities should be?

And for the record, it’s no secret who makes up the most of the residents in low-income housing here in Southern Cali…Blacks and Latinos.  It’s also no secret who makes up the voting block in Anaheim (Orange County).

The Mouse should be ashamed of this very anti-family, not to mention anti-poor behavior.  If I were you, I’d think twice before heading over to Disneyland.  Disneyland may be the happiest place on Earth for those that can afford it, but for the majority of us, the happiest place on Earth is our homes and everyone deserves the right to decent affordable housing, even in Anaheim down the street from Disneyland.