Tue. Oct 4th, 2022

Janet Nguyen versus Jose Solorio

The Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Trustees voted 5-2 tonight to  authorize their Chancellor to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council.



Impressively their Student Trustee, Ryan Ahari, voted against this debacle.  I am told he is a fan of Ron Paul.  He might be the smartest Trustee!  His vote doesn’t count unfortunately. Republican Phil Yarbrough and Arianna Barrios were the only no votes.

What does this mean? It means that the RSCCD will hire only union contractors when spending the Measure Q bond money that is coming from our property taxes.  This means they will have less bidders, as non-union contractors will be shut out.  That means higher prices – which is to say that our tax money will be wasted in order to feather the union members’ nests.

Several of the Trustees said some incredibly stupid and incorrect things in the process.  John Hanna, who told me a few years ago that he would never again vote for a PLA, tried to change the name of this deal from a PLA to a “community and student workforce agreement.”  He admitted though that it was still the same deal – a union only PLA.  The board voted unanimously to change the name of this disaster.  But it is still a PLA.

Jose Solorio tried to delay the vote, sensing that he was giving a huge gift to his GOP opponent for the 34th State Senate District, Janet Nguyen.  That didn’t fly either.

Hanna said that PLAs are important for safety.  I have to call BS on that.  Every contractor abides by the same Cal/OSHA standards.

Hanna also said PLAs equate top quality work.  This guy really has no clue. Public construction projects have very tight specifications.  Every bidder has to agree to do the work as it is mandated, using the same techniques and materials.  And there are inspections at every step.

Solorio said that the non union contractors would now have the same benefits as the union shops.  No.  The workers will have to get into a union hall, which is damn hard to do, and they they will have to pay dues that they will never see in the future as they will just go back to non union contractors after the work is over.

Solorio also said that PLAs save money. Another lie.  All public works contractors pay the same salary rates, and the lowest bidder always wins.  But with a union only PLA there will be no non union bidders. The union contractors have to abide by silly work rules that just delay project completion and add unwarranted costs to these projects.  Money gets wasted, not saved!

The unions will now pony up some of their dues money for Solorio’s campaign.  Well, good luck to him.  There is no way I am backing Nguyen but I am now quite unenthusiastic about Solorio.  He voted to waste our money tonight and that is simply inexcusable.

This blog had over 5,000 views last November 6.  My OC Politics blog had over 3,000 views on that same day.  I now publish Anaheim and Fullerton blogs too.  Every one of these blogs will now be pointing out Solorio’s shortcomings, through the general election in 2014.  These blogs totalled over 70,000 views in the month of March, 2013.  Sorry Jose.  We don’t reward ineptitude.

By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

19 thoughts on “Jose Solorio gives Janet Nguyen an early Christmas present”
  1. The vote last night was 5-2. Arianna Barrios and Phil Yarbrough dissented. (Student Trustee, Ryan Ahari, also voted against it.) The special interest deal for Big Labor that Jose Solorio & RSCCD Trustees moved forward last night will cost the district over $29 million dollars in waste. And that is before the interest kicks in on paying the $698 million dollar bond back. Learn more at http://www.BuildMoreSchools.com. PLAs discriminate against 8 out of 10 construction workers and the working class families that depend on those workers.

  2. There is old Bohemian cliché: “Everything bad is good for something” which has been empirically proven throughout my life so you can bet on it.

    In essence, if you do not like something bad you can either force a change or wait until the change will come to you.

    I prefer the later.

    Therefore, in this stage of the liberal-left-self-destruction it is important to give them long enough rope and enjoy watching the flick.

    Just remember that Solorio is a classical Latino destroyer communist who should be ridiculed and stigmatized now and when the change will come because the garbage like him will change too like the chameleon.

  3. “Every one of these blogs will now be pointing out Solorio’s shortcomings, through the general election in 2014″……. Hmmmmmmmm

    That may not be enough Art.

    The copy and paste will not do.

    I think that we should form a clique “The Insiders” and meet 2 times per month somewhere in a public and disuse the OC politics.

    I am sure we can find some community free space.

  4. OK, everyone who would like to talk with us, pleas look for a free space for one hour or two.

    Maybe we can use Bustamante’s office since he is not using it….. that is a joke!

      1. Shur!

        The only problem is that there are too many of such associations.

        By the way, Colins wanted to start something like that years ago, film it and put it on the YouTube.

  5. Listen to Fiala, talking about Occupying public space, with a clique of “insiders” trading scoop about the O.C. politicians. It’s already in process Fiala four times a month.

  6. “It’s already in process Fiala four times a month”…….. Hmmmmmmm

    But I do not meant with moron mongoloids reciting Marxist Bible like how to destroy Corporations and redistribute wealth from 1% (excluding Hollywood Jews) to 99%.

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