Government & Politics

Expert Warns On $18 Minimum Wage Initiative: “Learn From The Mistakes Of Los Angeles”

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Employment declined at hotels in the LA International Airport district after they were subjected to a “living wage” requirement – even as hotel hiring increased outside that “living wage” zone, an economic development policy expert told the Anaheim City Council during testimony about the likely impacts of the Anaheim Resort unions’ proposed $18 minimum wage initiative. Ruben Gonzalez, along with ...

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Election Law Expert: Resort Unions’ $18 Minimum Wage Initiative A “Litigation Bonanza”

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The Resort unions’ proposed $18 minimum wage initiative is vaguely worded, broader than proponents suggest, contains weak protections for small businesses, is constitutionally problematic and promises to be a “litigation bonanza” is approved, one of the state’s leading election attorneys testified to the Anaheim City Council last week. Bradley Hertz has practiced election law for 30 years and been involved ...

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Anaheim Radisson BLU Is Not A 4-Diamond Hotel; But UNITE-HERE Still Uses Racketeer Tactics

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The Anaheim City Council last night voted unanimously to approve  plans for a Renaissance BLU hotel on an arrowhead-shaped parcel sandwiched between the I-5 freeway and Anaheim Boulevard.  The 12-story hotel will have 326-rooms with ground floor and rooftop restaurants, and pool amenities. It will also include a 348-space parking structure and hotel gym. The hotel developer is Greenlaw Partners ...

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It’s In The Numbers: $18 Minimum Wage Initiative Will Reduce Revenues for City Services

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Last Tuesday, city Finance Director Debbie Moreno gave a budget workshop for the Anaheim City Council. It was an overview of city finances and administration. While the $18 minimum wage initiative sponsored by Anaheim Resort unions wasn’t formally on the agenda, it was clear from the numbers that Anaheim city revenues and services will be negatively impacted if it passes. ...

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Lessons For Anaheim In LA Convention Center Expansion

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Entertainment giant AEG is proposing a $1.2 billion expansion of the LA Convention Center and the JW Marriott Hotel. Proponents say the facility is already relatively uncompetitive as a first tier convention destination, and is falling behind cities such as Anaheim that have completed their own convention center expansions. The $500 million convention center expansion would add 350,000 square feet ...

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LA-OC Building Trades Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose the Anaheim Job Killer Initiative

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This just came over the transom from the Los Angeles-Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council: LA-OC Building Trades Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose the Anaheim Job Killer Initiative ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles-Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council, representing 48 local unions/affiliate councils and over 100,000 hardworking skilled trades members, announced today that they had voted unanimously to ...

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Working at Disney Is A Unique Opportunity

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[This column by Disneyland Resort cast member Michael Estes was originally published in the OC Register on Sunday, April 22, 2018] Working at Disney Is A Unique Opportunity by Michael Estes After reading so much recently about the employment experience of Disneyland Resort cast members, I wanted to share my story. The specifics are unique to me, but the broader ...

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District 3: Long-Time Neighborhood Activist Mitch Caldwell Launches Council Bid

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[From the Mitch Caldwell for Anaheim City Council campaign:] Mitch Caldwell, a 56-year Anaheim resident, businessman, and neighborhood activist, today announced his candidacy for the Anaheim City Council in Council District 3. Commenting on the issues facing the neighborhoods of District 3, Caldwell described his motivation for running for City Council: “I was 14 years old when my parents moved ...

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