Gabriel San Roman
Anaheim First Kicks Off Town Hall Series, Carves Out Astroturf Agenda
Updated: Aug 12, 2020
Anaheim First is averse to being chided as nothing more than a pro-Resort front since its inception a year ago at the behest of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Visit Anaheim and the Anaheim Community Foundation. Either way, the controversial nonprofit backed by deep pockets is able to do things that grassroots groups could only dream of, like running ads in the OC Register promoting a series of town halls throughout Anaheim’s six council districts. Anaheim First followed those up by sending slick mailers, like the ones stuffed in mailboxes come election time, inviting residents to its District 1 town hall.
The West Anaheim Youth Center played host to about 100 people who turned out on Wednesday evening to get involved in Anaheim First’s work supporting Mayor Harry Sidhu’s initiative to invest $250 million into neighborhoods over the next ten years.
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