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Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 17, 1992, Anaheim, California NORTH COUNTY NEWS THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 1992 CAMERA'S EYE 'y.w. ' ....... ** * »'*#» > *. - . v - 'fi:. •• flBMif tigri?/ . - Mía t 1 - LJC-ilfe - * V* • : & ♦ M. Loren HernandezTJorth County News A rose walk leads the way to the Don and Jackie Tucker's illuminated house at 426 S. Indiana St. For a list of other decorated homes in the north Orange County area, see Page 2. CITY COUNCIL Commissioners shown the door By David Heitz North County News In a move that some residents likened to a politically motivated palatial purge, the City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to remove two planning commissioners and a redevelopment commissioner. Amid boos and hisses by about 20 audience members, resident John Moses shouted: "This is like Russia!" Another woman hollered: "We need a new mayor!" The motion to oust Bob Zemel and Steve Bristol from the Planning Commissien and Steve White from the Redevelopment Commission was made by Councilman Irv Pickler and Please see OUSTER/6 Mall owner, city strike plaza deal By David Heitz North County News A few years from now, city officials hope that the sounds of beeping cash registers will replace the gripes of the few customers who frequent the deteriorating Anaheim Plaza. The City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to adopt an Please see PLAZA 6 NEWS FOCUS MELTING THE ICE As far as hundreds of Orange County hockey fans are concerned, Anaheim has netted a National Hockey League team — end of story. Even Irv Pickler, the City Council's lone dissenter on the Anaheim Arena project, said he is excited about the prospect of a Disney-owned team playing in the arena and believes it basically is a done deal. "i have a feeling it's going to fall into place," he said. "I think the formalities will just take maybe a short period of time." The Walt Disney Co. announced Dec. Id that it has been awarded a conditional expansion franchise by the NHL, giving the company the chance to Hockey fans, Pickler warm up to idea of team By David Heitz North County News place a team in the nearly completed arena. Disney officials deny speculation by some that the company is buttering up Anaheim by placing a team in the arena and saving the city SI million a year. "I don't think a lot of people are saying that," said Kerry Hunnewell, a Disneyland vice-president and project manager for the proposed $3 billion Dis neyland expansion. Disney officials do not know how they will pay for $1 billion worth of infrastructure improvements needed to undertake building three hotels, a Westcot theme park and two state-of-the-art parking structures. Presumably, they will be asking Anaheim to help foot the bill. "They were really two separate issues," Hunnewell said. "Every project that the Walt Disney Co. does has to stand on its own separate feet." The team could hit the ice as early as next season. The arena's developer, Ogden Services Corp., has not signed an agree- Please see PICKLER 9 Business owners eye cold cash from arena By David Heitz North County News Some local businesses stand to make some cool profits if Walt Disney Co. slides a team into the Anaheim Arena. The Mighty Ducks, or whatever the team might be called, is going to need a place to practice. The players will need regulation sticks and pucks, but fans will want imitations. Jerseys and other paraphernalia branded with the team's logo will be hot items, too, giving sporting good? stores something to hang next to sweats that advertise the Los Angeles Rams and California Angels. "I think we could sell a lot of it here," said Jet'i Solomon, manager at Big Five Sporting Goods on Harbor Boulevard. "We gef people who come in when tlie Ram* p'.-uy who want to buv up stui':." Erro! 1 ':-' ..re: nerat (.i!.ic:ai ( na, said he h->p prepare for H piace. 'We're in 'he proces- <-i composing a letter >o P:>nev right now." he >3¡J Mt>rui:.y. He said he Joe* no! know Please see HOCKEY 4 aster, a part ìrJvn Ice Ar" - '.ile team u ni „ames a; SPORTS Wrasslin' revue: The North County News winter prep preview ends with a look at local wrestling programs. /30 Making merry: A psychologist offers parents tips for coping during a lean Christmas gift-giving season /23 POLITICS Pitching city's future: Mayor Tom Daly and City Manager Jim Ruth make contact with congressmen at capital /8 COMMUNITY Service with a smile: An A.r.ai - ■ d«--, ana his '-mcups volunteer : . ■ e treat cfiirfre ' ■■'• dental protM ,'5 DISTRICT House < hunting: Anaheim City School District trustees and ads boosters study where to relocate arts center /10 INDEX Automotive ......B1 Classifieds.......A44 Legals .........A33 Milestones.......A18 Obituaries .......A4 Real Estate........CI 3 Sections/ 32 Pages
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