Regular OCP Blog readers have observed we usually preface anything we use from the Voice of OC as attributed to the “union-funded” Blog. It’s important to understand that the Orange County Employees Association at least partially funds their operation, although no one’s ever learned how much — the union won’t announce it and there are no web links between the two. The Voice does not sell advertising, and lists sponsors including the AP, Californians Aware, HealthyCal.org, California Watch and PBS SoCal. Per its website, it appears to have at least seven staffers at its Santa Ana office.
The usually reliable Tracy Wood at Voice of OC made an incorrect assumption in her story today, Quick-Silva Heads to Sacramento and Into GOP Cross Hairs, as to why Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva beat incumbent Republican Chris Norby last month in the 65th Assembly District:
…the combination of a large number of voters who belong to no political party and usually vote Republican as well as traditionally lower Democratic voter turnout, led political leaders of both parties to assume the district would remain Republican. Continue reading
One of the elections that is on the November 6 ballot is rather obscure – and unless you have a pension with the Orange County Employee Retirement System (OCERS) you won’t see it on your ballot. The OCERS has a vacancy on their board and there are two candidates for this seat – Liberal OC blogger Chris Prevatt, who works for the O.C. Health Care Agency, and Ian Rudge, chief of staff to Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach.
Prevatt has been endorsed by the Orange County Employees Association. Rudge earned a master’s degree in public finance and budgeting and has worked as a financial analyst. Continue reading
John Moorlach’s Email Update, July 16, 2012
By: John Moorlach
Not too long ago, Nick Berardino sent out an e-mail to the members of the Orange County Employees Association stating that the Board of Supervisors wanted to reduce employee salaries by 16 percent. The claim is not true and the Board found it very disingenuous. Therefore, on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I sent out an e-mail to all of the employees about our “total compensation” negotiating policy. Many employees expressed an interest in having numbers provided about their bargaining unit, as opposed to the average for all of the County’s 17,000 employees. Consequently, I have provided these graphs in recent UPDATES. The OC Register has enjoyed the UPDATES and today’s issue has a piece that is an aggregation of recent Watchdog Blog postings. Continue reading
“Just as county leaders begin labor negotiations, there’s talk about the potential of seeking pension ballot measures like those seen earlier this month in San Jose and San Diego,” according to the labor-funded Voice of OC.
Apparently John Moorlach, the chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, has asked County Counsel Nick Chrisos to brief supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting about the terms of the measures in both cities as well as the legal challenges already arising from labor groups. Continue reading
It was not a good night for Orange County’s liberals, who crashed and burned in California’s first Open Primary.
Labor spent hundreds of thousands on Julio Perez‘ campaign for the 69th Assembly District. The result? So far he is in third place – ahead of Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez, wjho had 3,316 votes, and wannabe candidate Francisco Barragan, who must have run so as to keep Perez out of last place. Perez has 3,554 votes. Tom Daly is leading that race with over 8,231 votes. A Republican who spent no money, Jose “Joe” Moreno, is in second place with 4,495 votes. . Continue reading