Liberal Democrat Julio Perez has already accepted the maximum campaign contributions from the SEIU (the Service Employees Union), for his 69th Assembly District campaign. And he touted their endorsement on his website. But the SEIU also appear to be allowing him to use their office space for his campaign office. That is called an in-kind contribution. Perez appears to be violating campaign finance laws by accepting the maximum cash contributions from the SEIU and free rent. That free rent could be worth thousands of dollars.
Santa Ana’s service workers are going all in with the unknown Julio Perez
The City of Santa Ana’s service employees aren’t happy with City Manager Paul Walters and our City Council – “”The day after council members approved the new agreement with service employees, union leaders announced their endorsement of Julio Perez, who is running against Martinez and Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly for the 69th Assembly District seat,” according to the Voice of OC.
Imagine that. These union workers have decided to stick it to the people of Santa Ana by endorsing a candidate from Anaheim, Perez, instead of Councilwoman Martinez, who grew up here, graduated from our schools, and still lives here. Amazing. Continue reading
Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s bio says he grew up “working in the cotton fields.” Like Solorio I grew up doing manual labor, with my father, who owned a small janitorial service. Now Solorio is trying to pass a new law, A.B. 350, that will in fact affect janitorial laborers.
Dubbed the “Displaced Property Service Employee Opportunity Act,” AB 350 forces companies that provide building security, maintenance, window cleaning or food services to retain the employees of the previous service contractor for 90 days and then offer those employees continued employment unless their performance is unsatisfactory, according to CalWatchdog.
What this proposed law boils down to is that companies that provide certain services, and replace other contractors will have to hire their employees. I remember my dad won a lot of jobs by replacing ineffective janitorial service providers. Dad would have had a cow if he had to hire employees who did a bad job for their previous employer! Continue reading
Local politicians lined up to greet those at today’s Labor Day celebration at the Santa Ana Zoo
My son Jacob and I visited the Orange County Labor Federation’s special Labor Day celebration at the Santa Ana Zoo today.
They had a great turnout – and a lot of fun for the families in attendance. There was a jumper and a sport-themed inflatable attraction; cotton candy, snow cones (raspados!), hot dogs, soda and chips, and plenty of games.
And, as one might expect, a whole bunch of local elected officials and political candidates showed up to greet the attendees. Continue reading
Alfredo Amezcua pulled together an amazing coalition at tonight’s community meeting
I attended a community meeting tonight at the Santa Ana Public Law Center. The meeting was moderated by Alfredo Amezcua, a local attorney and former college education board member, who also prepared the agenda. The organization he heads up is called the “Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development.”
The main focus of this organization is the pending Station District development, which involved properties acquired by the City of Santa Ana over by the Train Station. How those properties get developed is this group’s main concern.
We heard tonight from Eric Altman of OCCORD and his colleague Becky Dennison. They told us about what they did with the Grand Ave. Project in Los Angeles. They met with the developer regularly and were able to work on what is called a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). Continue reading