OC Register Endorsement - Kenneth Batiste for District 5
Endorses Kenneth Batiste for Council District 5:
The District 5 seat currently is held by Steve Faessel. We had endorsed him in 2016 largely because of his support for limiting taxes and opposition to Anaheim’s draconian short-term rental ban. We’ve been disappointed, however, by his vote for the stadium deal, his belief that pension liabilities will be handled simply by boosting the economy, and his backing of status quo policies involving the Resort Area and major spending issues.
This year we support Kenneth Batiste. Although we disagree with his emphasis on housing subsidies, we like his criticism of the city’s special tax breaks for hotels and the convention center bond. He also is open to reforming the city’s overly costly benefit plans. Batiste opposed the stadium deal — and argued that Anaheim should have sold this prime property at auction.