I spoke to a leader in the Orange County trades unions this week about what is being perceived as a conflict of interest. Apparently the campaign of John Leos, a candidate for the Anaheim City Council, is being run by Andrew Gibson, the brother of OCEA President Robert Gibson. The OCEA has endorsed Leos, a longtime member of their union.
The trade unions have really suffered over the past few years with the recession, which hit the building industry particularly hard. There was a boon for awhile with school bond measure driven construction but that is all about done now too. So they have understandably gotten behind the Anaheim Council candidats who support the use of Anaheim Hotel Tax money to help fund the construction of a new hotel in Anaheim. Continue reading