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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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“In November, We’re Going To Turn This City Council.”

As expected, the Anaheim City Council cast the third and final vote on Tuesday to ratify the Reyes Map of six council districts, set the election sequencing at Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 on the 2016 ballot. Districts 2 and 6 will be on the 2018 ballot, along with one of the four districts up this year – that ...

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Districting Panel Chair Headlined Democratic Fundraiser Days Before Vote on “People’s Map”

Anaheim Insider here. In October 2015, a few days before the Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts recommend the map being aggressively pushed by a group of liberal and Democratic special interests, the chair of that Advisory Committee headlined a political fundraiser for the Democratic Foundation of Orange County (DFOC). The advisory committee was composed of retired judges, and chaired by retired ...

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Tom Tait and Jose Moreno Headline Pro-Districts Panel Talk

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Dr. Jose F. Moreno (leftist academic and would-be Anaheim councilmember) will be the featured members on a panel tomorrow night sponsored by the Arab-American Civic Council to discuss the impact of the recently adopted council districts map and sequencing. Joining them on the panel will be Mirvette Judeh. The panel is entitled “We The People’s ...

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Anaheim City Council Votes Again for the Reyes Map, Puts Districts 1, 3, 4 And 5 On 2016 Ballot

The left-wing coalition led by UNITE-HERE and OCCORD won a complete victory tonight: the city council not only voted again for the coalition’s preferred district map, but retreated from its earlier vote to put the two West Anaheim and the two Latino-plurality districts on the ballot this year. Instead, the council voted unanimously to ditch West Anaheim’s District 2 and ...

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