Barnes and Moreno: Anaheim Faces a Crisis of Leadership

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu admits there is no good time to change City Managers, but there are certainly worse times than others, and wise leaders are expected to know the difference. Council members Denise Barnes and Jose Moreno cast two dissenting votes against removing Chris Zapata from his position as Anaheim City Manager on April 21st, and they offer Voice of OC readers their reasons for that opposition.

Anaheim City Council Sacks City Manager

Anaheim’s City Council sacked City Manager Chris Zapata, after he raised concerns last month over a $6.5 million city bailout for Visit Anaheim, the advertising arm of the Disneyland-area resort industry, and it’s executives’ high salaries.

Anaheim Council Funds $6.5 Million Bailout To Advertise Disneyland Resort Area

The Anaheim City Council voted on a $15 million relief package, with $6.5 million of it going to advertise for the resort industry — which is shut down indefinitely. Another $2 million goes to the Anaheim Community Foundation to provide direct assistance to residents and community nonprofits. And up to $6 million will be directed to homeless services and housing assistance for residents.