UNITE-HERE Local 11 is choreographing a stage-managed mass arrest during its planned disruption of the NAMM Show’s opening day tomorrow evening. The leading man in this “civil disobedience” production? District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno.
News began leaking out earlier today that UNITE-HERE Local 11 had informed the Anaheim Police Department of its plans to break the law tomorrow evening – even providing a list of the designated law-breakers.
Talk about kabuki protest. Any OC leftists who is anyone will be there.
Ada Briceno – the Local 11 boss and new chair of the OC Democratic Party – announced on her Facebook page this afternoon that Moreno would be headlining their staged arrest/media opportunity:
Councilman Moreno has expressed his concern – on several occasions – about the strain on finite police resources and manpower. Apparently, that concern is trumped by the political necessity for him and his union allies to waste police effort and man-hours conducting and processing deliberately-provoked arrests for purely political purposes.
Keep in mind that in order provoke arrest by the Anaheim police, Moreno, Briceno and their comrades have to engage in acts the police deem as endangering the public. Think about that: an Anaheim councilman will engaged in behavior that by definition endangers the public, in order to provoke an arrest for purely political purposes.
This is the same Moreno who a week ago publicly castigated the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for – in his opinion – violating SB 54, the Sanctuary State law. Apparently, Moreno believes breaking the law is OK if it helps a union ally win a labor dispute.
In the conversation thread of her Facebook post, Briceno assured progressive activists they could attend without worrying that being booked would interfere with their schedules – since only pre-designated protesters would be arrested:
Later, Anaheim council gadlfy and activist Duane Roberts explains how union-choreographed “arrests” work:
The call is going out over social media for progressive activist bodies to wave UNITE-HERE signs:
Briceno and Moreno claim their fighting for “fair wages” for UNITE-HERE members who work at the Anaheim Hilton and Sheraton Park hotels – where starting hourly wage for housekeepers is about $17. According to sources, the union is demanding the same deal they extracted from luxury hotels in Los Angeles last month: escalating the starting hourly wage to $25 by 2023.
What Briceno and Moreno ignore is – as always – economics. Average room rates at those luxury hotel properties in Los Angeles are significantly higher than at the Anaheim Hilton and Sheraton Park. Leftists like Moreno and Briceno must believe all businesses have the equivalent of Scrooge McDuck’s treasure vault – stuffed with an inexhaustible supply of gold to satisfy their demands.
The Anaheim Hilton is one of a very few Anaheim Resort hotels whose workers represented by UNITE-HERE Local 11. The Hilton is also characterized by regular changes of ownership. Coincidence?
This is most likely part of the opening act of a Jose F. Moreno primary challenge to Rep. Lou Correa or Assemblyman Tom Daly – both of whom he despises as “corporatist” Democrats.
Indeed, what we are seeing tomorrow is the Jose F. Moreno who ran for city council in 2016 but went into hibernation after the drawing of lots meant he had to run for re-election in just two years. During 2017 and 2018, candidate Moreno was replaced by the carefully modulated, circumspect Councilman Moreno 1.0 – who quickly forgot his campaign promises to repeal the anti-campaign ordinance and support making Anaheim a Sanctuary City.
Councilman Moreno 2.0 is termed out with nothing to lose politically, and his leftism is presenting itself fully. Engaging in some labor martyr street theater helps burnish his progressive street cred with the restive radical Left.
District 3 residents will be gratified to know their council representative is devoting his time to wasting their police resources on self-serving political grandstanding – while simultaneously causing Anaheim’s biggest, most lucrative trade show to have second thoughts about staying in Anaheim.
But hey – all revolutionaries understand that revolutions have casualties and collateral damage.