I’m an Anaheim resident. I’m a proud trade unionist and representative for union members across Orange County. I support working people negotiating to get a better wage. So, you’d think I would support Measure L in Anaheim. But I don’t. The truth is that Measure L would help very few of my Anaheim neighbors get a raise, and would hurt the rest of us, a lot. I represent those that work building hotels, and those are the immediate jobs that are being threatened
Because Disney is exempt from Measure L, very few people actually get a pay increase under Measure L. But because it does target two planned four-diamond hotels, in Anaheim, those projects will be cancelled if Measure L passes. That puts my brothers and sisters who make their living in the building trades out of a job. In fact, Measure L would kill about 2,000 good-paying construction jobs – jobs that have a guaranteed hiring preference for Anaheim residents and veterans and provide an opportunity to many young men and women from Anaheim to start a career and move them from poverty wages and into the middle class through our Apprenticeship Programs.
Members of our trades feed their families by building projects like these hotels. That’s only possible when construction projects are happening. For the workforce that I represent, I have a duty to make sure they are never put out of work. They would likely work for one of the sites in Anaheim that will be stopped if Measure L passes, leaving them without an opportunity to make a living.
These sites are planned to be hotels, which will accommodate the booming tourism economy Anaheim thrives on each year. These hotels do not just provide jobs to construction workers. All kinds of occupations go into running a single hotel, occupations which would be lost with Measure L. To sum it up, two potential hotels in Anaheim would be canceled and 3,000 jobs would be lost. There is always room for more jobs here in Anaheim, especially jobs that help make our economy stronger.
Construction workers depend on a strong, growing economy to keep food on the table. We cannot allow policy that kills economic growth in Anaheim to pass, and prevent hundreds of other future hotel workers from supporting their families. Measure L ignores how the City’s growing economy is a source of income for so many everyday people.
The special interests behind Measure L tried to take care of their people, at the expense of everyone else. And they fought hard to prevent voters from knowing the truth. They insisted that the City refrain from running an economic analysis on Measure L, they did not want the wage requirement to be included in the ballot question, and they did not want Anaheim voters to vote on the measure – they just asked City Council to make it law. No doubt, they did not want voters to know that truth – far more people are hurt than helped by Measure L
I am proud to be Orange County’s Representative for Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trade Council. Our workforce has learned a skilled trade so that they can provide a decent, middle class life for their family. Measure L takes that away.
Measure L is bad for Anaheim. With less than a month until election day, it is critical that Anaheim residents are informed on the impact this will have on the city’s economy. This November, remember to vote no on Measure L.