Briceno To Moreno: “My Team Loves The Idea For You To Get Arrested”

Using the California Public Records Act, Anaheim Blog obtained this January 2019 text conversation between District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno and Ada Briceno, the chair of the OC Democratic Party and co-president of UNITE-HERE Local 11 (a major Moreno campaign donor and supporter) – pertaining to Moreno’s participation in the union’s illegal shutdown of the Katella/Harbor intersection.

Some background: Joe Lamond, president of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), drove up from San Diego to address the January 15, 2019 Anaheim City Council meeting and voice his concerns over Local 11 drawing the upcoming NAMM show into its labor dispute with the Anaheim Hilton and the Sheraton Park Hotel:

The next day, January 16, Moreno texted Lamond’s contact information to Briceno:

Two days later, on January 18, Moreno texted Briceno as to whether she had spoken to Lamond:

What was the “big ask”? Good question. It presumably was related to Local 11’s plans to distrupt the opening day of the NAMM Show – Anaheim’s biggest, most lucrative convention.

A few days later, on January 21, Briceno texted Moreno about UNITE-HERE Local 11-led plan to shut down the Katella/Harbor Blvd on January 24, telling the District 3 councilman that her team “loves the idea of you getting arrested”:

On January 23, Briceno followed up with Moreno to see if he was committed to joining the large group of union and progressive activists planning to get arrested after shutting down the busy intersection. Local 11’s planned “action” was well rehearsed and they needed to submit names to the police, give their attorneys time to prepare the necessary post-arrest paperwork ahead of time, etc.

Of course, Moreno did join Briceno and 18 others in shutting down one of the city’s busiest intersections on the opening night of Anaheim’s biggest trade show – one that generates $100 million in economic activity. In a post-arrest text exchange with Briceno, Moreno gushed about the orchestrated mass arrest:

Moreno’s “incredible display of power and compassion” not only violated the laws of the city he was elected to govern, but cost Anaheim taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars due to the necessity of a massive police mobilization -law enforcement resources therefore not available for ordinary police duty.  While Moreno often talks about the necessity of following the law – just last night he opined how Anaheim police need to adhere to California’s Sanctuary State law – he’s happy to break it when it serves the interests of a key campaign supporter.

Moreno and his 19 co-defendants are being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney, and are being jointly represented by criminal defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for August 20 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom N9 of the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

District Attorney Spitzer spoke to the weekly meeting of Moreno’s Los Amigos group on May 29, under the condition that Moreno not bring up or speak about the pending prosecution. According to sources, Moreno told individual attendees that agreement wasn’t binding on them, and encouraged them to speak to the DA about the case.


  1. West Anaheim Resident


  2. you knew he was a crook when you elected him.

  3. David Michael Klawe

    And now the Shearton Park Hotel’s leasehold rights are up for sale, and the entire current management is leaving, per Hotel-online, and a press release

    ANAHEIM, CA—August 13, 2019—RealINSIGHT Marketplace and Berkadia are pleased to offer for sale the leasehold interest in the 486-room, Sheraton Park Hotel at The Anaheim Resort for your acquisition consideration. Located steps from the Anaheim Convention Center, Disneyland® Resort, Disneyland California Adventure® Park, Downtown Disney, and the Anaheim Garden Walk. This represents an exceptional opportunity for investors to acquire an institutional quality, full-service, Marriott branded hotel in a premium location with significant operational upside through renovation/brand conversion, leasing vacant space, reconfiguring the hotel layout, and the potential to add additional keys.

    The auction will take place on the online commercial real estate sales platform, RealINSIGHT Marketplace through a unique custom auction process.

    About the Property:

    486 Rooms
    Full Service
    Five Restaurants
    Four Buildings
    13 Floors
    Renovated in 2014

    This offering represents an exceptional opportunity for investors to acquire an institutional quality, full-service, Marriott branded hotel in a premium location with significant operational upside through renovation/brand conversion, leasing vacant space, reconfiguring the hotel layout, and the potential to add additional keys.

    What makes this opportunity great is its proximity to both Disney and the Convention Center. Steady
    demand generation from both leisure and corporate which is sought after by hotel investors.

    Key Highlights Include:

    Potential to Expand and Add Additional Keys
    Ideally Positioned in Anaheim’s 500-Acre Resort District
    Adjacent to Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney District, the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and the Anaheim Convention Center
    Multiple Additional Income Sources, Including Morton’s Steakhouse Lease
    Over 19,000 SF of Meeting Space
    Significantly Below Replacement Cost
    Unencumbered of Management

    Tour Dates Are Available: August 13th-15th & 21st-22nd

    Indicative Bids Are Due: August 28th

    Investors will be notified if they are selected to participate in a closed Best & Final Auction, which will be held on September 18, 2019.

  4. What self-serving jerk.

  5. Anaheim Resident

    Love love love Dr. Moreno. This whole thing makes me respect him even more. Anything that gets Mathew Cunningham’s undies in a twist is good for Anaheim.

  6. Dr. Moreno has shown us time and time again who he is. He should be recalled. He works against Anaheim and only serves his own interests.

    He is bad for Anaheim. His group is bad for our schools and the youth of Anaheim et al.

    District Attorney: Anaheim is waiting to see if our laws are applied across the board. If those who break the law are not held accountable how can we expect others to respect said laws?

  7. Stand for something or fall for anything. Unions keep our families strong. Better wages, and better benifits. Ask Police , Firefighters, and Teachers. Your willing to cough up all your money to the evil empire well lets make sure its reaches the small guy aswell.

  8. Gaston Castellanos

    Moreno is fighting for his constituents. Working families in the resort district face unfair wages and really bad working conditions documented in a survey last year: Unfortunately, we live in a society where we use taxpayer dollars to subsidize corporate hotels and theme parks but balk when there is a cost for protesting corporate abuse.

    • Matthew Cunningham

      Moreno couldn’t find a legal means of “fighting for his constituents”?

    • Mr. Castellanos,

      Let’s be clear, FEW of Moreno’s District three “constituents” work at Disney. Reports are as few as 6% of employable population of District 3 work in the resort area.

      TO BE CLEAR: There are approximately 20,000 registered voters in Moreno’s district, Disney ALONE has 30,000 employees with another estimated 16,000 thousand working in surrounding business’. This does not include the transitional/seasonal employees at the ACC and the Union Workers that work the shows.

      I could go on, but, the mere fact that Abel Valenzuela is involved makes this report not believable. WAKE UP BRO.

  9. Stand for Anaheim

    What a loser. Knowingly costing taxpayers for his ridiculous behavior. He should pay restitution.

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