Government & Politics

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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Vote ‘Yes’ on Measure J

As a conservative, I’m not fond of taxes. However, I also know the government services we need, like police, fire, and road repairs, are expensive. Therefore, we must find a way to pay for these services. The Transient Occupancy Tax is a way to bring in that revenue while minimizing the burden on the residents of Anaheim. Measure J corrects ...

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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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Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Calls On Supporters To Report Churches To IRS

Be warned, (conservative) churches of Orange County: not only is Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva watching you, but she’s also egging on her followers to report you to the Internal Revenue Service. Last week, Quirk-Silva tweeted her intention to take some kind of action against churches engaged in political campaigns: The state legislator urged her supporters to surveil churches and repot them ...

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More Narrative-based VOC Reporting On Anaheim’s Council Elections

The Voice of OC’s narrative-based reporting on Anaheim elections continues with today’s article on campaign finance reports for the mayoral and council elections. “In the wake of an explosive FBI affidavit alleging deep corruption at city hall, the same interests called out by federal agents for influencing policy making are spending huge sums for the November election, heavily backing their ...

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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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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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