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Walt Disney never asked Anaheim’s residents to pay for his projects


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Walt Disney with a map of Disneyland circa 1950s. (Photo credit: unknown)

Community Editorial: Would Walt Disney Have Been So Bold?

By CYNTHIA WARD, Voice of OC

From the moment Walt Disney first set his leather loafers in the carefully plowed rows of citrus planted in our Santa Ana River bottom soil, Anaheim’s leaders welcomed him in a mutually beneficial partnership.

Our post-war city fathers accommodated Disney — within reason — back when closing Cerritos Avenue was considered a major concession to a private property owner. But as anxious as Mayor Charles Pearson was back in the ’50s to be part of Walt’s dream, he and City Manager Keith Murdoch never forgot they were stewards of the public trust, and there were lines that they never stepped across, lines Walt Disney would never ask them to cross in the first place. Continue reading

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