[Cross-posted from OC Daily]
Most of the focus on Anaheim’s District 4 contest has been on the incumbent, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, a conservative Republican. But what about her principal opponent, Fr. Arturo Ferreras-Querijero, who is comparatively unknown outside of progressive political circles.
Ferreras-Querijero is a registered Democrat whose politics can be fairly characterized as being on the far-left end of the political spectrum. He’s a former Roman Catholic priest who is now a priest of the Ecumenical Old Catholic Church, a dissident sect that broke from Rome in 1870 over the papal infallibility doctrine, and has since diverged sharply from the Catholic Church on issues such as Sacraments of marriage and Holy Orders.
Ferreras-Querijero is active in progressive political causes. He is an Orange County leader in CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice), a Religious Left political group. CLUE advocates for a range of left-wing causes. CLUE’s stances include:
- Supporting Proposition 30 – Governor Jerry Brown’s $9 billion package of tax increases.
- Actively participating in a campaign to unionize charter schools.
- Joining the campaign by the giant government union AFSCME aimed at pressuring the UC Board of Regents to adopt the “living wage” requirement, which actually reduces the number of jobs and would impose costs on the UC system then would ultimately be passed on to students in the form of higher tuition. Here’s CLUE’s letter to the UC Regents, signed by dozens of progressive clergy – including Fr. Ferreras-Querijero.
Fr. Ferreras-Querijero was a vocal supporter of one of the most egregious anti-property rights, anti-business actions taken by a Orange County city council in memory: Anaheim’s forced “amortization” shutting down all existing short-term rentals less than 18 months from now. This was led by Mayor Tom Tait from the council dais, in coordination with the militant hotel workers union UNITE-HERE, its “community organizing” appendage OCCCORD and leftist activists like Ferreras-Querijero. The small businesses into which literally hundreds of individuals and families have invested their savings are being extinguished in order to advance the conjoined political agendas of Mayor Tait, UNITE-HERE and OCCORD.
He supports UNITE-HERE’s current campaign of political blackmail against a hotel developer; the union is trying to qualify a referendum on the city’s development agreements with the Wincome Group’s for the development of two 4-Diamond hotels. UNITE-HERE will drop the referendum if Wincome Group will require employees of those hotels to join the union. In a different setting, it would be called racketeering.
Here’s Fr. Ferreras-Querijero laughing it up with UNITE-HERE organizers:
No honest person believes this is a principled stand by UNITE-HERE, fighting for “letting the people decide.” Neither of Ferreras-Querijero’s big backers – UNITE-HERE and OCCORD – are opposed to using TOT tax rebates to attract luxury hotels. Wincome Group had signed a “labor peace agreement” with UNITE-HERE prior to approval of the TOT tax rebate agreement, there would be no referendum.
If Fr. Ferreras-Querijero is elected and forms part of a progressive council majority, long-time Anaheim watchers expect to see official council support for such union strong-arm tactics.
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