Tag Archive for OCEA

Playing Politics with Public Employee Pensions

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While most people have likely been mesmerized by the headlines citing rising pension costs, a less visible campaign has been waged locally by self-described “pension reformers” to needlessly raise the cost of public pensions for the taxpayer, and their public employees to astronomical levels

I’m Still Standing

Chris Prevatt (Photo: OC Register)

It was ten-years ago that I contacted the Compliance Officer for the Orange County Health Care Agency to report improper conduct on the part of the agency related to the management of Federal HIV/AIDS funds. I was a Program Supervisor in the HIV Planning and Coordination unit that managed federal and state HIV/AIDS funding coming…

Costa Mesa Layoffs go the way of the Dodo Bird

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On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council directed the city manager to rescind the remaining 70 layoff notices which were issued on March 17, 2011. The council’s decision made that earlier decision extinct. That decision, almost two years ago, launched a pitched battle between the Costa Mesa Employees Association, represented by Orange County Employees Association, and the council majority led by council member Jim Righeimer.

Brandman pulls out a convincing win in Anaheim

No candidate for city council in Orange County caught more flack than Jordan Brandman.  But when the voting was over in Anaheim, residents elected Brandman to the city council along with Lucille Kring.  Republican John Leos, who was backed by the OCEA for his second run for the city council, was a distant third. Rumors…

OC Register Editorial Board Endorsements give a leg up to Republicans who decline Union Money/Endorsments

I check out the OC Register’s editorial pages daily as they cycle through interviews with candidates for office and then note their endorsements in editorials.  To my surprise (not), endorsements are typically granted to Republican candidates who follow the Baugh Doctrine, a manifesto of sorts that locks Republicans into a position to decline contributions from…