UNITE-HERE Targets Honda Center with Huge Public Record Request

UNITE-HERE continues its war on the Honda Center. On October 10, Jessica Choy, a research analyst and spokeswoman for UNITE-HERE headquarters in the Bay Area, submitted this public record request to the City of Anaheim:

To Whom it May Concern:

Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting copies of documents related to the Honda Center and Anaheim Arena Management LLC. Specifically, I am requesting copies of: 

1. All emails, letters, and other written communications sent or received by staff or elected officials of the City of Anaheim to or from any representative of Anaheim Arena Management LLC, including but not limited to Tim Ryan, Jay Scott, and Kevin Starkey from January 1, 2012 to the present; 

2. All emails, letters, and other written communications sent or received by staff or elected officials of the City of Anaheim to or from any representative of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club LLC, including but not limited to Michael Schulman, Tim Ryan, Jay Scott, and Doug Heller from January 1, 2012 to the present; 

3. All emails, letters, and other written communications sent or received by staff or elected officials of the City of Anaheim to or from anyone with an email address ending in @hondacenter.com or @anaheimducks.com from January 1, 2012 to the present;

4. And all emails, letters, and other written communications sent or received by staff or elected officials of the City of Anaheim from January 1, 2012 to the present that contain the following words/terms:

– “Anaheim Arena Management”

– “AAM”

– “Anaheim Ducks”

– “Honda Center”

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies of the requested records. 

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information.

Readers may remember that UNITE-HERE is suing Anaheim Arena Management (which operates The Honda Center), claiming AAM violated the arbitrary, unjust and misnamed “Displace janitors Opportunity Act.” Not surprisingly, money is at the root. A by-product of AAM bringing food service in-house was those food service workers were no longer members of UNITE-HERE, and UNITE-HERE needs that dues revenue. This PRA almost certainly is part of some strategy by UNITE-HERE to reclaim that revenue.

In the meantime, AAM food service workers — many of whom were former Aramark employees (and UNITE-HERE members) — are enjoying the same or higher pay, without having to fork over the dues money.

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