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OCTA Reaches Agreement With Bus Maintenance Workers Union

The Orange County Transportation Authority and Teamsters Local 952 – the union representing the agency’s bus maintenance workers – reached agreement on a new contract after union members voted this weekend to approve it. The contract largely follows an OCTA offer the union had been rejecting for several weeks, at one point prompting a three-day strike that immobilized Orange County ...

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Councilman Jose Diaz Elected To OCTA Board of Directors

Last week, OC’s City Selection Committee met at the Orange City Council chambers and went about filling seats on regional governing bodies with little controversy, including the election of Anaheim Councilman Jose Diaz to the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, However, the body deadlocked on electing the Orange County City Representative on the OC Local Agency Formation Commission, an ...

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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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Tait Appoints Jose F. Moreno to OCTA Board of Directors

The City Selection Committee met this evening, as they do every November, to make appointments to certain regional bodies such as the Orange County Transportation Authority. Mayor Tom Tait is in the middle of a two-year term. Since he is leaving office on December 4, it’s necessary to appointment a replacement. Some background: The OCTA Board of Director is comprised ...

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What About California Government Code 1090?

Anaheim Insider here. The OC Register picked up on the issue I’ve been posting about: Mayor Tom Tait’s conflict-of-interest issue regarding being an OCTA Director when his company has a contract with the OCTA. I examined the validity of Tait’s rationalizations in this post. Another point to consider: California Government Code 1090: 1090. Members of the Legislature, state, county, district, judicial ...

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No Conflict of Interest, Huh?

Anaheim Insider here. The Orange County Register has picked up the issue of whether Mayor Tom Tait can and should serve on the OCTA Board of Directors since the company that he owns and runs has a $330,000 contract with OCTA. The contract runs for another 19 months, and so far OCTA has paid Tait & Associates $127,483. It is ...

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Tait Owes Explanation for Ousting Eastman from OCTA

Anaheim Insider here. Last week, Mayor Tom Tait ousted his council colleague, Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman, from the OCTA Board of Directors, to which he had voted to appoint her a year ago, and take it for himself. After talking with a number of insiders who were present at the scene of the crime, it is clear Tait’s action ...

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Stop the Presses! Disney Has Had Input Into Development Of Anaheim Transit System!

Is this what passes for news nowadays? Today, the Voice of OC reports that Disneyland has had input into the development of the Anaheim Rapid Connection system. Wow, what a shock. Public agencies (the smart ones, at least) always consult with and seek input from the public — which includes businesses — when developing transportation projects.  Yet, the Voice of ...

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Voice of OC Downgrades E-mail from “Politically Explosive” To Merely “Questionable”

On Friday, the Voice of OC published an article about an e-mail the reporter had not even seen, breathlessly describing it as “politically explosive.” Last night the Voice published a follow-up story — this time after actually reading the e-mail (or as it turns out, e-mails) in question and being educated on the actual context and meaning. The description of the ...

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Thank You, Mayor Tait

I’ve been informed that Mayor Tait, at last night’s City Selection Committee meeting, nominated his council colleague Gail Eastman to the OCTA Board of Directors, and that she was handily elected. Those of us who very much want to see an end to the destructive divisions on the Anaheim City Council are relieved and encouraged by Mayor Tait’s extending this ...

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