The Dark Side of Julio Perez

Orange County Labor Federation Executive Director Julio Perez addresses Fast for Families Rally in Brea on 2/25/2014 (Photo: Lou Delgado)

The fired Orange County Labor Federation Executive Director Julio Perez made a number of mistakes leading to his dismissal.  The first was his alledged sexual harassment and retaliation against a female employee as documented in the OCLF investigation o when he was suspended, he knew what he had done.  He was asked to turn in his laptop and tablet and wiped both to factory settings, which gave the investigator a tip there was certainly something there (note to the OCLF: hire a forensic security specialist who can drill down to the server level IP addresses accessed by Julio Perez if you really need the evidence; that doesn’t go away.

Julio had to know he was going to lose, but stayed in the game anyway (praying for a miracle?).  He should have negotiated a quiet resignation to “pursue other opportunities” or to open his own political consulting firm (where he could sexually harass anyone without a master to answer to).  But instead, Julio used his protections as a union employee t fight the charges against him and lost.  He’s been fired.  Our sources say he gets no severance, only unpaid vacation time and access to his pension if he needs it.  Good luck finding the next job.

Julio could have quietly admitted to the abuse, offered a resignation and secured a non-disparagement clause in his separate agreement which might have allowed him to be hired someone else.  As he did none of that, he wears the badge of shame he deserves.  Perhaps there’s a job as a porn movie critic awaiting him.  He handled this as bad as anyone could have handled it.

We have reached out to those who lead the #metoo movement in Orange County.  Anahiem mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway chimed in with this statement:

“Jennifer Beuthin and the Orange County Labor Federation delegates, through their action of firing Julio Perez, executive director of OCLF, have given hope to women and girls who have been victimized by sexual harassment and sexual violence.  For far too long, this vile behavior by perpetrators has been tolerated and ignored by people in power who have had the authority to stop it, but instead do nothing . #MeToo and its supporters are changing the world for the better.”

Lorri Galloway, Executive Director, The Eli Home for Abused Children

No word yet from Danielle Sebrin or Kim Nguyen.

But let me take it back to Danielle for a minute and the abuse she suffered at the hands of OJ blogger Greg Diamond who refused to believe those accusing Perez of misconduct, and identified her employer and suggested people “not contact her employer” even though that was the implied message of this post.  This is a guy who challenged the DPOC’s e-board approved policies on sexual harassment at the January meeting and as he did, the eyeballs of women around me rolled back in their heads.  Why was this so hard?  I believe it’s because Diamond routinely dismisses the opinions of women.  That’s just my opinion.  One DPOC central committee member suggested she file a complaint against him for wasting her time and I said “don’t…it will go on for another half-hour if you do.”  Northeast corner of the room Greg; I didn’t take names.

Greg Diamond

From Diamond’s post, absent the evidence revealed in the hearing, these gems:

 *the word “Porn” is sometimes used in a metaphorical rather than literal sense*. Certain cooking shows or movies are sometimes described as “food porn”; some money flaunting/investment shows are “wealth porn.”   What IS this metaphorical usage? It means roughly “something designed to appeal to the watcher’s animalistic instincts for gratification.”

What CDs might Julio have had in his office that he might call “porn”? How about anti-union videos produced by union-busting firms (at least some of which are in OC) to convince workers to reject unionization efforts by presenting them “enhanced” facts designed to appeal to their greed and (who knows, I don’t watch that stuff) perhaps an enjoyable angry sense of superiority.  In other words, “porn” would be a *negatively* coded term there , for “this is something bad produced by bad people, so I may want you to watch it to see what we’re fighting against, but I’m warning you about it so you don’t get ‘turned on’ by it.”

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If Danielle Serbin now devotes her efforts to uncovering sexual misconduct going back as many years at Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher – the conservative Republican union-busting law firm at which she is an associate – I’ll be far more impressed and her bravery. Getting the whole real history on OCYD’s past would also be admirable.  Otherwise we’re picking and choosing.

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OCLF is proceeding the correct way, with an outside (confidential) attorney investigation and her request should be heeded.  Chumley, by contrast, is simply being a thug and trying to “play the ref” to make sure that OCLF gets rid of Perez, because that’s what the people who tickle his belly want from him.  (Another metaphor there.)  With that “there are many that doubt,” Chumley sounds like Fox News, in which he has invested.  There are many who think that Chumley is a Republican plant, but that’s no proof.  As I’ve mentioned above, if this was simply Julio’s dry and wry humor at work, his bosses on the Board would have been entirely appropriate to tell him to cut it out, because not everyone gets that sort of thing.  Is this good cause (which probably wasn’t needed) for firing him, if it was misunderstood wit?  That seems really unlikely — not when someone’s so good at his job and a recognized advocate of women’s rights.

As for the clumsy swipe at me: again, I’ve never claimed to have the answers — but I know that if there are benign explanations for ambiguous actions, you had better be able to show that those explanations are unlikely if you want the charge to stick.  That goes for lawyers, police, journalists, whistleblowers — and even large aquatic mammals intent on destruction.

The investigation by OCLF was far worse than anything Diamond excused.  Sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact and retaliation — he dismissed all of it by putting Perez first and the victims second.

When is learned of Perez’s firing, nearly 24 hours after it happened, Diamond wrote this as a comment on the OJ blog:

I’m sorry that he apparently did these various things of which he was accused. (I am interested in his version of the events, which I presume is discrepant from that of the OCLF based on his being fired rather than having quietly resigned, but if he thinks that he’s been railroaded he can find good representation.)

I[m (sic) not sorry for my not having prejudged him based on the available evidence. (Editor’s note: try asking your step-daughters or wife what they thought)

I suppose that I shouldn’t be sorry at these words celebrating Julio’s demise:

Andrew McKercher, lead organizer with IBEW Local 569 in San Diego, soon after the delegate vote confirmed Perez’s firing in a Facebook post. “Bye Bye Julio Perez of UFCW 324 / OC Labor Federation!” McKercher wrote. “After months of administrative leave and a thorough investigation, OC Labor Federation terminated Julio amongst sexual harassment allegations. #cleaninghouse.”

Instead, I choose by be inspired by the #cleaninghouse tag. If anyone thinks that they have a case of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation against any of the unions comprising the OC Labor Fed — and heck, in McKercher’s honor I’ll throw in IBEW Local 569 in San Diego — I will be happy to evaluate their case for free. (editor’s note: because hiring a lawyer with a recent stroke is always a path to victory)

I expect that the Building Trades especially will appreciate my offer of help with their #cleaninghouse. You can contact me via mail2greg4-bernie at yahoo dot com. (editor’s note; it’s been 2 years; Bernie lost…let it go)  (I’ll make this its own post at some point — but not yet, because it would be unseemly.)

Diamond is still dismissive of Perez’s actions by suggesting he had been railroaded.  Cowardly at best.

Nelson chimes in to the debate on comments on the OJ blog and AnaheimBlog:

OJ Blogger Vern Nelson

from OJ:

Well, like I said, I think it’s weird that so many people, mostly anonymous peckerwoods, have been bugging me and Greg to make SOME kinda statement, ANY kinda statement, about the allegations against Julio, BEFORE AN INVESTIGATION WAS EVEN COMPLETED. I mean, who jumps to conclusions about a person like that?

Now that it’s been done, and we can reasonably assume that the allegations were true, I can safely say that it was wrong to take sexual advantage of a position of power as he did. I hope that this sort of behavior soon becomes the mythology of a distant past, and applaud the victims who came forward to put a stop to it.

It’s an extra shame that the guy who did this was, politically, a progressive powerhouse who will be missed in the public arena. Why were Dan Chmielewski and his shabby nameless entourage so obsessed with the Julio allegations, more than any others? They have hated him since at least 2012, when he was the progressive candidate against their dear corporatist Tom Daly, for Santa Ana’s assembly district.

At the time, “enterprise zones” were one of the big campaign issues. Tom, obedient in all things to Disney, spoke in hushed reverent tones of the program; while labor progressive Julio fiercely opposed them. Even though Tom (mostly thanks to the multiple manipulations of his predecessor Solorio) won the election, he lost that war – Governor Brown and most of the legislature quickly came to admit that Julio was right and Enterprise Zones were a scam that helped nobody but economic giants like Disney and the Honda Center… and they were kicked to the curb! http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2012/04/a-natural-fit-tom-daly-backed-by-anaheims-coddled-hotel-industry/

The slightly more articulate Cunningham’s eulogy makes us miss and appreciate Julio more, and regret his personal failings. Pontificates the Wordsmith, “Perez is a leftist firebrand whose politics tended to blur the lines between being a union leader and a community organizer.” Oh, you say that like it’s a bad thing!

Wrapping up in the manner of someone who thinks any union would ever look to him for advice, Matt concludes, “Whomever [sic] is hired to replace Perez as executive director will say a lot about the director of the Orange County Labor Federation and whether it sees itself as a vehicle for organizing workers and bargaining on their behalf with employers – or as a platform for advocating for progressive social issues.”

Au contraire, I hope Julio’s replacement will be in his mold, EXCEPT for the taking sexual advantage of a position of authority!

 

And from Anaheim Blog, this from Nelson:

Vern

From my OJ statement:

“…Now that [the investigation is] done, and we can reasonably assume that the allegations were true, I can safely say that it was wrong to take sexual advantage of a position of power as he did. I hope that this sort of behavior soon becomes the mythology of a distant past, and applaud the victims who came forward to put a stop to it.

Cunningham’s eulogy makes us miss and appreciate Julio more, and regret his personal failings. Pontificates the Wordsmith, “Perez is a leftist firebrand whose politics tended to blur the lines between being a union leader and a community organizer.” Oh, you say that like it’s a bad thing!

Wrapping up in the manner of someone who thinks any union would ever look to him for advice, Matt concludes, “Whomever [sic] is hired to replace Perez as executive director will say a lot about the director of the Orange County Labor Federation and whether it sees itself as a vehicle for organizing workers and bargaining on their behalf with employers – or as a platform for advocating for progressive social issues.”

Au contraire, I hope Julio’s replacement will be in his mold, EXCEPT for making his female underlings watch porn with him!”

Despite Nelson’s words, he is accused of sexual assault by Lorri Galloway, a candidate for Mayor of Anaheim, when she gave the multiple DUI Nelson a ride home.  Nelson’s rebuttal against Galloway challenged her to refute his claims nothing happened by asking “why didn’t she tell women in Eli Home shelters about him?” The truth is Galloway is bound by codes of silence and secrecy when it comes to those who seek safe passage from her.  She can’t say anything.

So the liberals at the OJ blog are confirmed to be pro-harassment given the investment they’ve made in defending Julio Perez.  Whoa to the candidates these guys support on the primary trail; the stink they emit will rub off on you.

As I see it, Diamond owes the OCYD president an apology.  Nelson ought to shut up about anything to do with #metoo.  And Perez might want to Lawyer up.  I am waiting to hear if the OCDA will file criminal charges against him for his behavior.  I buried the lede again.

  13 comments for “The Dark Side of Julio Perez

  1. Dan Chmielewski
    January 30, 2018 at 7:41 am

    an early morning text told me to go to the OJ blog to read a comment from Mr. Diamond regarding this post; he writes:

    Note to DPOC Chair Fran Sdao — YOU know that there is one blog — ours — that does not violate confidentiality by spilling the secrets of DPOC Executive Board meetings and that there is another blog — Chumley’s — that does so whenever the mood strikes. You also know that I generally have not taken gratuitous pot shots at DPOC for what happens at its meetings — and that I have not written here about what happened at the last meeting, where DPOC adopted a policy on sexual harassment THAT WAS NOT LISTED AS AN ACTION ITEM ON THE AGENDA; WAS NOT ITSELF ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA; WAS NOT PASSED OUT TO THE DELEGATES BUT JUST PROJECTED ONTO A SCREEN, MAKING DISCUSSION ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE; ETC.

    Regarding the notion of confidentiality of the meeting, there were quite a few guests milling around in the back of the room who are not Central Committee members or alternates. Paul Lucas was enjoying a yummy dinner salad from McDonald’s and I don’t believe he holds any party position whatsoever. So the notion this meeting was “confidential” is humorous.

    Let’s take it back to this particular comment from Greg: “You also know that I generally have not taken gratuitous pot shots at DPOC for what happens at its meetings ”

    Perhaps its the stroke, but there is this post: http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2017/05/dpoc-insiders-cheat-to-gain-a-cdp-chair-endorsement-for-eric-bauman/ and this quote from the story: “That headline was months in the making — and it exposed some of the worst “rigging of the system” that has outraged rank-and-file Democrats and our allies for, especially, the past two years. The election was a sham; the process was absurd; the result was illegitimate.”

    Additionally, in your view, the local party — of which you are an e-board member — in your own words: “…. It’s an insane system with a (deservedly) weak state party and a local party that has squandered its credibility by trying to squeeze Democrats like Josh Newman and Farrah Khan out of previous races — in my opinion based upon who is and isn’t “a member of the (anti-leftist) club.”

    Lastly, Ms. Sdao hired a wonderful communications consultant for the party who is doing a great job updating the web site and acting faster than I can on needed breaking news announcements; the Communications Committee was, with my full support, eliminated and Fran will likely purge other committees to streamline operations and eliminate redundancies. It didn’t stop me from setting Fran up to talk with a reporter from NBC News on Saturday and being on hand when they need professional counsel as needed. Nice attempt at spinning I was removed as chair when the committee itself was dissolved. In case you didn’t notice, Fran gets considerably more coverage than either Frank or Henry got. You can thank me later.

  2. 4th District Resident
    January 30, 2018 at 8:45 am

    “He should have negotiated a quiet resignation to “pursue other opportunities” or to open his own political consulting firm (where he could sexually harass anyone without a master to answer to).”

    Solid creepy.

  3. David Vasquez
    January 30, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Considering Vern Nelson himself has been accused of sexually harassing a prominent local politician, he looks pretty silly chiming in.

    As for Diamond, he has repeatedly blamed victims, defended a child molester and has called a political ally who is accused of DRUGGING and RAPING his ex wife a hero.

    This is no bridge too far for these two.

  4. OCDEM
    January 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    You’d be eating McDonalds too if you spent all your money on Meth and Weed!

  5. David Vasquez
    January 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I am pretty sure it was Loretta Sanchez that rode the “Enterprise Zone” wave…but, let’s not let facts get in the way…..

    The reality is, you have two UN-EMPLOYED (under em-ployed if we want to be politically correct),
    One has a PHd, a law degree and lives in a run down rental in an obscure North Orange County neighborhood, he has said is unwilling to conform to societial norms and has trouble wearing shoes. That equates to a Fred Flintstone with Wilma having a FULL-TIME job as a care giver/ nurse, in other words a FREELOADER.
    The other is a FIVE TIME convicted DUI defendeant who moved from his parents home at 53 to a grieving GANG Mom that has several kids from different Fathers (one Father was killed in a knife fight in TJ), This woman’s claim to fame is her gang member son, hopped up on METH, stole a a car, got into a gun battle with cops and guess what……..LOST.
    Vern hooked up with this lady and has continued to DRINK, promoted her as a WAIT FOR IT………CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE!
    Now Vern, is a (reportedly accomplished concert pianist), but has NO JOB.

    I am pretty sure Mirvette Judah spends 20 hours a week at Nordstrom in Brea Mall ($300 in SUGARFINA?????) but she can’t get Vern a gig on the ivories. Maybe Nordstrom doesn’t hire felons?

    What do these two losers expect? NO JOB, NO CREDIBILITY, RAPIST as friends…….

    What do you think Dave “Fourth District Resident” Zenger? Is drugging and raping women cool with you, Ryan and Tony?

  6. OCDEM
    January 31, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    So one of Greg’s colleagues told me Vern had a court date this morning wherein he was required to relinquish any firearms he owns. It was for untold reasons postponed until next month.

    It is beyond understanding how this guy is on the loose.

    Is Vern employed?

    • David Vasquez
      January 31, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      I don’t know about his employment status, but someone sent a email with Vern’s court details, apparently he was convicted and sentenced to 3 years in prison, but the sentence was stayed, and he is on felony probation. He needs to keep his nose clean and remain sober.

      He does have to serve some county time, because he can not afford the fines. How a man in his mid fifties can’t scape enough to pay for his court fees gives me a better understanding of his advocacy on behalf of the addicts on the SART. He appears to be a step away from that.

      So it was a coleman tent or take on the persona of “The White Man On Anna Drive”. Either way you slice it, It spells:

      L-O-S-E-R

      Let’s see: clothe and feed myself or fight Posieden
      Work On Sobriety or Bitch about parking in Anaheim
      Get a job or leach of his wife
      Pay an Attorney or let the rest of us pay for a PD
      Pay a few grand in fines or do 14 days in county

      Very telling.

      • January 31, 2018 at 8:36 pm

        I’ve heard his case doesn’t come up until 2019. It carries a sentence from 16 months to 16 years.

    • February 1, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Feb 14. How romantic

  7. January 31, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Whoa is word play that neither Nelson or Diamond got; I will attribute this to extreme alcoholism or Greg’s stroke. Both wanted to make fun of this word choice when it was deliberate

  8. Fred
    January 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    The Vern and Greg show is a tired act that nobody pays attention to. I do believe Vern slugged his wife and gave her that black eye. I do believe he sexually assaulted Lori (and others. I do believe he is still drinking and driving, based on first hand accounts I have heard. Vern mocks women, Mexicans, on and on. Nobody will hired him to play piano anymore. Greg keeps making excuses for drunken bums like Vern and drunken alleged rapists like Victor Valladares. These are the lowest of the low just total scumbags….boils on the ass of society. Have fun in jail, Vern.

    • Thee State College Asphalt
      February 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

      HAHA, wow you nailed it! This is how the entire OC blogosphere feels about these clowns!

      There are a few other names you can throw in there (you know who you are) that comment on everything under the sun when they actually don’t know shit or are just felonious hypocrites.

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