Assemblyman Jose Solorio is a nice guy but he has been a disaster as a state legislator. This year was worse than usual. His failed Assembly Bill 350, which thankfully was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown, would have forced companies that provide building security, maintenance, window cleaning or food services to retain the employees of the previous service contractor for 90 days and then offer those employees continued employment unless their performance is unsatisfactory, according to CalWatchdog.
Solorio terms out this year and he is not going to run for any other office. Some say he intends to run for State Senator Lou Correa’s seat when it comes available in 2014, but by then Solorio will be a dim memory. But some may remember that Solorio may have doomed Orange County to yet another bankruptcy. A vote he cast last year has now cost the County of Orange $48 million in revenue – and we aren’t getting that back, according to the New Santa Ana blog.
Solorio was one of only two Orange County lawmakers to vote for the initial bill that took the $48 million from the county in the first place in June. The other lawmaker was Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, whose district only includes a sliver of Buena Park, according to the O.C. Register. Solorio’s faux pas led to the O.C. Supervisors seizing the $48 million from our local schools, which set off a firestorm.
But as bad as Solorio has been, one of the candidates running to replace him this year could be far, far worse. His name is Julio Perez. He is one of three Democrats vying for the 69th Assembly District, against an outmatched Republican, Robert Hammond.
Who is Julio Perez? He is the virtually unknown Democrat and labor consultant from Anaheim running to replace Jose Solorio in the 69th Assembly District.
His endorsers are a Who’s Who of failed Santa Ana mayoral candidate Al Amezcua’s backers and other lame Democrats. However Perez could affect this race by handing the primary election to Tom Daly, a truly terrible Democrat who is as bad as most Republicans when it comes to immigrants and the working poor. If Perez takes enough Latino votes from leading candidate Michele Martinez, who is a Santa Ana Council Member, the vote split could put Daly on top.
I don’t think Perez has ever had a real job, in the private sector. Here is what I found on his Facebook page:
- Julio began his career, as a policy analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).
- Prior to his current position as senior policy analyst for the United Food and Commercial Workers, Julio served as political director for the Orange County Labor Federation.
Yep, no real jobs. Just a bunch of labor posts.
Are you ready for a full on socialist to represent an Orange County Assembly District in Sacramento? That is what will happen if Perez prevails in the open primary.
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