The possibility of an affordable housing development being built near the gates of Disneyland sent the park's officials to a recent Anaheim City Council Meeting. A vote expected by many to pass resulted in a tie, and the housing project faded away.
A pitched battle between housing advocates and Disney officials turned into a political convention of sorts Tuesday. Low-wage employees - a few near tears - and well-connected business types - many wearing red "Save the Anaheim Resort District" stickers - vented over the future of the city's tourist neighborhood.
Although the council indicated last year that it supported the idea of bucking Disney and approving a large residential complex with low-cost units near the gates of Disneyland, that support dissolved into a 2-2 council split by evening's end - a tie that meant the housing plan was dead.
In its place, the land in the resort district - adjacent to acreage where Disney has toyed with the idea of a third amusement park - can now be developed as a hotel-condominium project.