Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

District 3: Lifelong Resident Natalie Rubalcava Leading AUSHD Trustee Al Jabbar For Council Seat

Natalie Rubalcava, a lifelong resident of District 3 and chief operating officer of the Orange County Business Council, is leading Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Al Jabbar in the race to represent the open District 3 seat on the Anaheim City Council. Rubalcava, a centrist Democrat, was leading Jabbar by 582 votes when the first returns were reported around ...

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District 4 Election: Councilmember Gloria Ma’ae Leads Progressive Activist Carlos Leon

Councilwoman Gloria Ma’ae appears to be on her way to defeating her progressive Democratic challenger, Carlos Leon, and securing a full four-year term representing District 2 on the Anaheim City Council. As of midnight last night, Ma’ae was leading progressive activist Carlos Leon by 388 votes, 53.38% to 46.62%. Councilwoman Ma’ae was in front from the first vote tabulation report, ...

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Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva Trailing In Re-Election Bid

In what could shape up as a major upset, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a liberal Democrat, is losing her bid for a fifth term to Republican Soo Yo, a member of the ABC School Unified School District Board of Education and unapologetic conservative. The last vote tabulation report had Quirk-Silva trailing Yoo by 371 votes. Quirk-Silva began the evening ahead of ...

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Jabbar Saved Campaign Donor Planned Parenthood From Losing Contract With AUSHD

It’s Election Day in Anaheim and across the nation. The contest in Anaheim’s District 3 is between two candidates: Natalie Rubalcava and Al Jabbar. Although both are Democrats, they represent radically different strains of that party. Rubalcava comes from the moderate tradition that understands businesses and entrepreneurs are the geneses of economic growth and opportunity while supporting a vigorous labor ...

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Bus Service Resumes As OCTA, Teamsters Return To Negotiating Table

Bus service for Orange County residents resumed Monday as the Orange County Transportation Authority and Teamsters Local 924 returned to the negotiating table in an attempt to hammer out a mutually acceptable contract for the approximately 150 striking mechanics, maintenance workers and technicians represented by Local 952. The union called the strike on Thursday afternoon, halting bus service on Friday, ...

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Maintenance Worker Strike Halts Bus Service In Orange County

Bus service in Orange County came to a halt today as the union representing the Orange County Transportation Authority’s bus maintenance workers called a strike after rejecting an offer that would raise the top pay for mechanics to nearly $90,000 annually, plus increased healthcare and pension benefits. The approximately 150 mechanics, machinists and technicians are represented by Teamsters Local 952. ...

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Union Interests Pour Another $150,000 Into Electing Aitken, Jabbar and Leon To Council

Anaheim Resort union interests have dumped another $150,000 into their independent expenditure campaigns supporting Ashleigh Aitken for mayor and Al Jabbar and Carlos Leon for city council.  All three candidates are Democrats. The $150,000 came from UNITE-HERE Local 11, a militantly progressive union that primarily represents hotel workers. $100,000 went into an IE committee supporting Aitken and Leon, and the ...

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Resort Unions Pump $125,000 Into Electing Allies To Anaheim City Council

Resort unions are ratcheting up their effort to elect their political allies to the Anaheim City Council, pouring at least $125,000 into independent expenditure committees. On September 22, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 contributed $125,000 to an IE committee called “Helping Working Families Get Ahead in Support of Aitken for Mayor and Leon for Council 2022, Sponsored ...

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OC Auto Show Returns To Anaheim Convention Center

The OC Auto Show has returned to the Anaheim Convention Center for the first time since 2019, and thousands of attendees will flock to the ACC through Sunday, October 2 to explore hundreds of new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, electric vehicles, exotics and more. Show-goers are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, and experience new technologies, and test-ride a ...

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