Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

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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City Council Unanimously Approves $4 Billion ocV!BE Project To Transform 100-acres Around Honda Center

On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to approve ocV!BE, an ambitious $4 billion development project by the owners of the Anaheim Ducks to transform the 100-acre area around the Honda Center with new entertainment, dining, residential, officce, hospitality, and lifestyle amenities. OcV!BE is an initiative of Henry and Susan Samueli, the longtime owners of the Anaheim Ducks and ...

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Where Do Anaheim Candidates Stand On Hotel Worker Union’s $25 Minimum Wage Initiative?

UNITE-HERE Local 11, the militant hospitality workers union, is circulating an initiative to impose a series of costly labor rules – including a $25 an hour minimum wage – on Anaheim hotels and event venues. Buried in the initiative is language exempting hotels and event centers from these mandates if they agree to unionize. Obviously, the numerous Garden Grove hotels ...

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AUSHD Sees “Community Schools” Model As Vehicle for Building “Political Capital”

District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno wants the Anaheim City Council to put itself on record as supporting the “community schools” education model being pushed by the Anaheim Union High School District and the Anaheim Elementary School District. This evening, the city council will vote on a resolution of support for the community schools model. Earlier in the week, the ...

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Resort Unions Open Campaign To Elect Aitken, Jabbar and Leon

A coalition of Resort unions, led by a militantly left-wing hotel workers union focused on imposing a $25 minimum wage on Anaheim hotels and event venues, has launched an independent expenditure (IE) campaign to elect Anaheim mayoral candidate Ashleigh Aitken and council candidates Carlos Leon (District 2) and Al Jabbar (District 2). All three Democrats are part of a candidate ...

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Hari Lal Pays $146,377 Delinquent Property Tax Bill In Wake Of Media Scrutiny

On September 18, I broke the story that Hari Lal, running for Anaheim City Council from District 6, hadn’t paid his property taxes the beginning of 2019 and owed $146,377.93 in delinquent property taxes. This is public information, and accessible to any member of the public on the OC Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website. The article also included Lal’s convoluted explanations, which ...

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