Monday, November 21, 2005

Anaheim update

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

Anaheim is always mentioned on the list of cities supposedly vying for the 2008 convention, but the only references I could find were from the 2004 convention(s).

From an Anaheim hotel site in September 2004:

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and a delegation of city officials will visit the Republican National Convention this month to lobby on behalf of Anaheim for the 2008 convention. A similar effort took place at the recently concluded Democratic Convention in Boston.

But whether it’s worth the effort is a matter of debate. Anaheim’s image would get a boost from hosting a political convention, said Charles Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “All that media coverage with a dateline ‘Anaheim’ is good,” he said. “One of the problems Anaheim has is that we’re not a household name to those who make decisions in the corporate board rooms.”
When Los Angeles hosted the 2000 Democratic Convention, the entire jewelry district shut down for a week because of street closures in the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. Though some cities now raise private funding to bid on and host major events like political conventions, Kyser doesn’t think the cost is worth it. “The city has to put up a lot of money for dubious economic impact,” he said.

And from a July, 2004 NY Post Cindy Adams note via Kitty Litter:
And while we're into this Boston mindset, I saw a flier that says: "Save the date: Friday, July 30, 8:30 a.m., join the City of Anaheim, California as we kick-off our bid to host the Democratic Convention in 2008." Anaheim?! What happened to those other exciting citadels like Biloxi, Kookamunga and Tuscaloosa?! Anaheim?! 2008?! Boy, will Hillary be thrilled!


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