Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Cynthia Ward Flip-Flop-Flips On Unions’ $18 Minimum Wage Initiative

Council gadfly-turned-mayoral candidate Cynthia Ward has a history of flip-flopping. For example: She used to believe the Disneyland Resort was of such paramount importance to Anaheim that it must be protected at all costs. Now she views it as an albatross around the city’s neck. She used to oppose by-district council elections as a recipe for corruption and ward politics, ...

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UNITE-HERE Local 11 Wants A $25 Minimum Wage In The Anaheim Resort

UNITE-HERE Local 11 is spearheading the initiative campaign to impose an $18 minimum wage on targeted Anaheim Resort businesses. At its Leadership Conference last month, Local 11 passed five resolutions setting their 2018 agenda.  One of those is a $25 an hour minimum wage: There’s asterisk to that demand noting it applies only businesses receiving local government subsidies – that ...

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Bernie In Anaheim: Class Warfare Rhetoric Misses Resort Reality

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, brought his class warfare road show to Anaheim this past Saturday, tossing out the standard progressive tropes about “corporate greed” and throwing his support behind a union initiative to impose an $18 an hour minimum wage on targeted Anaheim Resort businesses. Sanders tried to imbue the union initiative with a moral patina:  ...

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UNITE-HERE Welcomes Communist Party Support For $18 Minimum Wage

You can’t make this stuff up. UNITE-HERE Local 11 is the militantly left-wing hotel workers union that is leading the charge for an initiative to impose an $18 minimum wage on targeted Anaheim hotels and hospitality businesses. On its Twitter feed this week, the union promoted the support its getting from the Workers World Party – an avowedly Communist group: ...

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If $18 Wage Initiative Passes, Wincome To Cancel 2nd Luxury Hotel; Disney Looks At Garden Grove

Bisnow.com is reporting that if the Resort unions’ $18 minimum wage initiative passes, both Wincome Group will cancel its planned 4-Diamond hotel projects in Anaheim, while Disney is in discussions with adjacent Garden Grove about potential hotel projects there. The move could be a blow to future development in the area. Wincome and Disney have operated in the city for ...

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Socialist Bernie Sanders To Campaign In Anaheim for $18 minimum Wage Initiative

America’s leading democratic socialist politician is coming to Anaheim on Friday to rally the left in support of the Coalition of Resort Labor Union’s (CRLU) $18 minimum wage initiative. Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who nearly wrested the Democratic presidential nomination from the Clinton machine, will speak at the River Church arena, next to Anaheim City Hall, this Saturday, June ...

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Expert Warns On $18 Minimum Wage Initiative: “Learn From The Mistakes Of Los Angeles”

Employment declined at hotels in the LA International Airport district after they were subjected to a “living wage” requirement – even as hotel hiring increased outside that “living wage” zone, an economic development policy expert told the Anaheim City Council during testimony about the likely impacts of the Anaheim Resort unions’ proposed $18 minimum wage initiative. Ruben Gonzalez, along with ...

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Election Law Expert: Resort Unions’ $18 Minimum Wage Initiative A “Litigation Bonanza”

The Resort unions’ proposed $18 minimum wage initiative is vaguely worded, broader than proponents suggest, contains weak protections for small businesses, is constitutionally problematic and promises to be a “litigation bonanza” is approved, one of the state’s leading election attorneys testified to the Anaheim City Council last week. Bradley Hertz has practiced election law for 30 years and been involved ...

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Anaheim Radisson BLU Is Not A 4-Diamond Hotel; But UNITE-HERE Still Uses Racketeer Tactics

The Anaheim City Council last night voted unanimously to approve  plans for a Renaissance BLU hotel on an arrowhead-shaped parcel sandwiched between the I-5 freeway and Anaheim Boulevard.  The 12-story hotel will have 326-rooms with ground floor and rooftop restaurants, and pool amenities. It will also include a 348-space parking structure and hotel gym. The hotel developer is Greenlaw Partners ...

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It’s In The Numbers: $18 Minimum Wage Initiative Will Reduce Revenues for City Services

Last Tuesday, city Finance Director Debbie Moreno gave a budget workshop for the Anaheim City Council. It was an overview of city finances and administration. While the $18 minimum wage initiative sponsored by Anaheim Resort unions wasn’t formally on the agenda, it was clear from the numbers that Anaheim city revenues and services will be negatively impacted if it passes. ...

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