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Is Rent Control Advocacy Part of Good Parenting? OCCORD Thinks So

If you asked people to list the attributes of good parenting, it’s unlikely anyone cite rent control advocacy. Don’t tell that to OCCORD, the social justice advocacy and community organizing group with a $1.5 million annual budget. At the political rally it organized at Katella High School last month, the progressive lobbying group passed out this flyer: Apparently, being an ...

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Fact Check: Progressive Special Interests Rally Misleads Public On Angel Stadium Negotiations

Last week, OCCORD, UNITE-HERE LOCAL 11 and SEIU organized a “community forum and educational event” at Katella High School. The topic: Angel Stadium lease negotiations. About 150 people attended – primarily OCCORD staffers, UNITE-HERE Local 11 and SEIU members and some allied local elected officials; a full complement of Anaheim City Council gadflies and a smattering of unaffiliated residents. OCCORD ...

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Council Aides: Moreno Hires Radicals, Barnes Hires Cynthia Ward

There have been recent changes in the ranks of aides to Anaheim City Councilmembers, as two councilmembers have added two political activists to their ranks. As readers may (or may not) know, the mayor and councilmembers are each allotted a budget to hire council aides to assist them in their duties. Technically, they work for the city manager’s office. At ...

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Should Living Wage Advocates Have To Pay A Living Wage?

Attention social justice warriors: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) is hiring a community organizer for Orange County. For those unfamiliar with CLUE, it’s essentially the radical clergy auxiliary for left-wing labor unions. Its applies a varnish of religiosity to progressive causes du jour: the “living” wage, open borders, supporting teacher strikes, environmental justice, opposing charter schools, etc.  CLUE ...

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OCCORD Executive Director Shakeel Syed Calls America “Racist”

When UNITE-HERE Local 11 has a political interest in an Anaheim City Council council agenda item, it’s a safe bet Shakeel Syed, the executive director of its subsidiary OCCORD, will be there to speak. Last week, for example, he and other UNITE-HERE Local 11 minions joined co-president Ada Briceno speaking against Councilwoman Kris Murray’s proposal to revise the $18 minimum ...

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“Welcoming Anaheim”: Will Anaheim Institutionalize Identity Politics?

Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s day job is associate professor of Chicano Studies at Cal State Long Beach. The left-wing politician is a long-time practitioner of identity politics and during the 2016 campaign, he supported Sanctuary City status for Anaheim when asked about it at a progressive candidates forum. He’s been backpedaling on it since being sworn in, pushing a more ...

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James Irvine Foundation Spending Millions on Progressive Political Activism in Orange County

One doesn’t ordinarily think of charitable foundations as political players, but the reality is ostensibly non-partisan not-for-profits spend enormous sums funding progressive organizations and their political agendas. For example, the James Irvine Foundation – which has nothing to do with The Irvine Company other name a common namesake – spends tens of millions of dollars funding “civic engagement” and “democracy” ...

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

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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UNITE-HERE Hypocrisy On Hotel Incentive Programs

Cross-posted from OC Daily A militant, politically left-wing union that for years has denounced tax subsidies for luxury hotel development in Anaheim is embracing just such subsidy program in Santa Ana due to the city council’s inclusion of mandatory “labor peace agreements” for participating hotels. For the last four years, leaders of the militant hotel workers union UNITE-HERE Local 11 ...

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The Radical Politics of the UNITE-HERE/OCCORD Coalition

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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