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OCCORD & Cory Briggs Lose GardenWalk Hotels Lawsuit; Tait Wages Guerrilla War Against Latest Hotel Deals

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The leftist advocacy group Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) has lost it more than three-year-long litigation against the economic assistance agreement between the City of Anaheim and the developer of the GardenWalk Hotels project. Orange County Superior Court Judge David McEachen ruled again against OCCORD and Briggs; appealing to the California Supreme Court is now their only option ...

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The Radical Politics of the UNITE-HERE/OCCORD Coalition

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In addition to being interim executive director of OCCORD, Ada Briceno is also secretary-treasurer of UNITE-HERE Local 11, which represents workers at the Disney properties, the Anaheim Hilton and Aramark food service employees. Following last week’s Anaheim City Council vote approving the district map and sequencing sought by the UNITE-HERE/OCCORD-led political coalition, Briceno exhorted her supporters, “In November, we are going ...

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OCCORD/Tait Rally Fizzles

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Anaheim Insider here. The press release issued by OCCORD for the rally it is organizing with Mayor Tom Tait claimed “hundreds of Anaheim residents and dozens of community groups” would swarm Anaheim City Hall for a pre-council meeting rally and press conference. Here are photos of the press conference/rally posted a few minutes ago by OCCORD on its Facebook page: ...

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Tom Tait and OCCORD Organizing Left-Wing Rally Before Today’s Council Meeting

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Anaheim Insider here. The progressive political interests that have dominated Anaheim’s districting process are gearing up for a show of force at tonight’s City Council meeting. Their goal is to shout down the Council Majority and intimidate Councilman Jordan Brandman into caving to their demand to exclude West Anaheim’s District 2 from the 2016 ballot in favor of Latino-majority District ...

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BREAKING: Judge Dismisses OCCORD Lawsuit Against GardenWalk Hotels Agreement

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UPDATED with reaction from City of Anaheim Superior Court Judge David McEachen has dismissed the OCCORD lawsuit against the City of Anaheim’s economic assistance agreement with the GardenWalk Hotels project. The left-wing advocacy group has been represented in this suit by liberal litigator Cory Briggs (who is also CATER’s partner-in-litigation against the Anaheim Convention Center expansion). Judge McEachen ruling clears ...

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BREAKING: Court Ruling On GardenWalk Lawsuit Goes Against OCCORD & Cory Briggs

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The Orange County Superior Court has issued a tentative ruling against the lawsuit filed by Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) in an attempt to invalidate the economic assistance agreement (EAA) between the City of Anaheim and the GardenWalk hotels project. The leftist activist group (which is funded largely by unions and progressive foundations) had hired liberal trial ...

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OCCORD Hires Veteran Union Organizer/Left-Wing Activist Ann Werboff As New Executive Director

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) has announced the hiring of a new executive director to take the place of founding ED Eric Altman. Altman left OCCORD to lead the campaign to create a structural Democratic majority on the Anaheim City Council via by-district elections (in which endeavor he is inexplicably being aided by Mayor Tom Tait). The new ...

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OC Democratic Party Activist Seeking Top Job At OCCORD

According to a reliable source, Jeff LeTourneau, a long-time left-wing activist who last year lost a bid for OC Democratic Party chairman, is in the running for the OCCORD executive director position, vacated when founder Eric Altman tendered his resignation to run the campaign to persuade voters to adopt single-member council districts in November. As amply documented on this blog, ...

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UPDATED: Eric Altman Leaving OCCORD to Run Campaign For Single-Member Council Districts

  For those still under the false impression that the push for single-member council districts (aka by-district elections) in Anaheim is not a political project of the Left, here’s some news: Eric Altman, founding executive director of left-wing advocacy group OCCORD, is leaving that post to run the campaign for the by-district initiative on the November ballot. A message from ...

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OCCORD Gives Birth To Committee for Council Districts Campaign

In my earlier post ruminating on the possibility of the OCEA playing sugar-daddy to the single-member council districts ballot initiative campaign, I mentioned OCCORD (Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development) as a leader of the left-wing coalition in that side of the issue. And it appears OCCORD will indeed be taking a leading role in the campaign. On March ...

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