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OCEA Media Brief: Sept. 5, 2012

No on Prop. 32: Stop Special Exemptions

California Labor Federation: (Helen Gan) Why I'm speaking out against Prop. 32
"I can’t understand why people vote against their own interest. If Proposition 32 passes, it will be followed by many other laws reducing union activities and eroding your benefits. For your own sake, for the sake of your children or grandchildren entering the work force, for workers everywhere, Vote NO on Prop. 32."



Voice of OC: Bustamante returns to Santa Ana City Council Dais
 Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante Tuesday night attended a full public council meeting for the first time since his July 2 arrest on multiple charges of sex crimes. With the press deluge largely subsided and few residents looking on, Bustamante’s attendance prompted little reaction from the public and his council colleagues. The councilman—looking noticeably thinner since the arrest—made no comment while the council deliberated city business, despite casting critical votes on a controversial downtown property tax.



2012 Hot Dog Schedule: OCEA's Hot Dog Wagon will be at Sheriff—Aliso Viejo Substation, 11 Journey, in Aliso Viejo, tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 6. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Mother Jones: At Democratic Convention, unions battle 'thug' image
There is no way to sugarcoat it: Labor unions got shafted in the planning of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Labor leaders say they weren't consulted before Democrats picked Charlotte, North Carolina, an anti-union city in a "right-to-work" state, to host their quadrennial confab. ut don't be fooled into thinking union leaders and rank-and-file members are avoiding the Democratic convention. Labor is here—and it's on a mission.



Voice of OC: Judge reverses ruling on ballot case; 'Chavez' OK
 In a reversal of his earlier tentative ruling, an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday afternoon that Anaheim City Council candidate Steven Lodge could use his birth surname of "Chavez" on the November ballot. The judge ruled, however, that Lodge must also use his middle name, "Albert." His name on the ballot will read: Steven Albert Chavez Lodge. Judge Charles Margines also ruled that the ballot may not describe Lodge as a "retired policeman" because he still has a full-time job and therefore is not retired.

LA Times: Anaheim candidate can keep Latino name on ballot, judge rules

OC Register: Judge—Chavez Lodge keeps full name on ballot


Costa Mesa

Daily Pilot: Costa Mesa council passes COIN ordinance
The Costa Mesa City Council passed two measures Tuesday that make significant changes to city employees' compensation. In one, the city's firefighters agreed to a new contract that eliminates minimum staffing requirements, reduces retirement benefits for future employees, and freezes pay until 2017. The other, the Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance, or COIN, will expose future labor contract negotiations to added public scrutiny.

OC Register: Costa Mesa OKs new approach to contract negotiations

OC Register: (Updated) Costa Mesa pushes outsourcing despite conflict
Last week, even as the legal maelstrom swirled, Costa Mesa asked the union to give its blessing to outsourcing jail services to save the city millions. Costa Mesa argues that it can proceed with contracting out jail services — even in light of the injunction and pending suit — because state law expressly allows “general law” cities such as Costa Mesa to do so.

“From beginning to end, the city’s letter is a litany of misrepresentations, from its misleading characterization of the court’s ruling to its inaccurate description of the RFP (request for proposals) process,” said an email from Jennifer Muir, assistant general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, which represents Costa Mesa city workers.

Daily Pilot: Candidates' forum is Wednesday in Costa Mesa
The fourth Feet to the Fire forum—this time with candidates for Costa Mesa City Council—will take place Wednesday evening. Six of the eight candidates for three open City Council seats are expected to attend the event at the Costa Mesa Community Center tonight.

OC Register: (Mickadeit) Feet to the Fire forum in Costa Mesa is tonight
"This is the first time the Feet to the Fire Forum will be streamed live on the internet. Starting at 7 p.m. you can tune in live at for those that can't attend in person."

A Bubbling Cauldron: Feet to the Fire Forum tonight

Date Created: 9/5/2012 11:21:37 AM

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