Graduating High School Senior: Little Saigon Salon Burned My Hair Off

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Pop, pop, sizzle, pop, pop
In anticipation of her 2012 high school graduation ceremony, Kellie Nguyen visited a Garden Grove salon with plans to style and color beautiful hair that reached her thigh.

But Nguyen says her trip to the Fancy Hair Salon was a horrific, man-made disaster that left her in pain at the emergency room and, sadly, without most of her hair.

That assertion is contained in an ongoing fraud, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence lawsuit the young woman filed in Orange County Superior Court against the Brookhurst Street salon in Little Saigon.

When she arrived at the salon, Nguyen says she told her stylist, called "John Doe" in the legal action, that she was "scared" of "harsh chemicals," and the man then applied the product to her hair, left her unattended for three hours and found her squirming in agony, according to the lawsuit.

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Marine Hero Deputy Cheated By Orange County Sheriff's Department Wants $2 Million

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Photo by Jack Gould
Scott Montoya
A deputy wrongly fired from his $99,000 per year post after enduring an anti-military bias inside the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) is asking a federal judge to award him $1.964 million for income he would have gained if he'd been allowed to finish his career and retire at the department.

Late last year, a federal jury concluded that OCSD illegally harassed and discriminated against Scott Montoya after the deputy returned from combat duty as a U.S. Marine in Iraq and earned the prestigious Navy Cross for his life-saving heroics while under enemy fire.

Rejecting OCSD arguments that Montoya was fired for being an unethical moron and that even if the jury found in the terminated deputy's favor on the hostile work environment issues they couldn't award him any money, jurors nonetheless handed the war hero more than $206,000 for prior, lost wages and another $41,800 for improperly confiscated vacation pay.

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OC Weekly is Looking for a Video Intern!

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Griffin Hammond
Sriracha not included
Your favorite infernal rag is looking for interns who are interested in telling the unique stories of Orange County via online video.

Our video interns produce video content for the paper's website to accompany its print features and online reporting. Video interns coordinate with the editor, reporters, web editor and art director to produce two brief segments each week, as well as two long-term projects over the course of the semester.


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Hundreds of Workers, Students Strike At UC Irvine

Categories: Labor, School Daze

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Activists chanting "si, se puede" and "UC, escucha, estamos en la lucha" drowned out the traditional "$2 boba" chants at UC Irvine yesterday as workers, students and their supporters rallied and marched during a UC-wide strike by AFSCME 3299 and sympathy strike by UAW 2865. AFSCME represents the university's service and patient-care employees while UAW represents TAs, readers, fellows and other academic employees.

The strike, which comes a day after a Sacramento judge blocked a last-ditch UC legal challenge, focused on the intimidation dozens of workers faced during the earlier May strike.

"Our members have both the legal right and moral responsibility to stand up for the safety of the students and patients we serve," AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger said in a statement. "By attempting to silence workers, UC hasn't just repeatedly broken the law -- it was willfully endangered all who come to UC to learn, to heal, and to build a better life for their families."

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UC Irvine Service and Patient-Care Workers, Grad Students To Strike Wednesday

Categories: Labor, School Daze

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Following over a year of failed negotiations, University of California service and patient-care workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 will stage a one-day, UC-wide strike on Wednesday. The union represents over 22,000 UC employees, and the strike is primed to be one of the largest in university history.

Joining AFSCME in a sympathy strike will be the grad students represented by UAW 2865, though nurses from the California Nurses Association, who earlier agreed to sympathy strike, came to a tentative contract agreement with the university last Saturday that includes a no-strike clause, meaning they'll be working Wednesday. The Associated Students of UC Irvine passed legislation in October to support the workers, though the legislation has no effect on administration.


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Embassy Suites Irvine Blasts UNITE Here, Saying It's No Roach Hotel

Categories: Labor

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A costumed slime monster looks up at the Irvine Embassy Suites
Housekeepers at Irvine Embassy Suites filed complaints last month with the Orange County Health Department alleging unsanitary practices sanctioned by hotel supervisors. They pointed to cockroach infestation, dirty drinking glasses and moldy ice machines with a cheesy-looking substance encrusted near the chute. On Halloween, costumed cockroaches and green slime monsters joined UNITE Here Local 11 staffers and Irvine city councilman Larry Agran for a press conference, repeating the alleged health code violations while handing out plastic cups to those passing through the hotel.

But would an inspection give Irvine Embassy Suites a clean bill of health?

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Health Complaints Allege Icky Ice Machines and Gross Drinking Glasses at Irvine Embassy Suites

Categories: Labor

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Not a nacho cheese dispenser!
The Embassy Suites in Irvine boasts plenty of accommodations for its guests, including luxurious bedding and spacious quarters. They don't make a sales pitch to travelers looking for a place to stay with ice machines that have an oozing, moldy yellow pus encrusted around the chute or glasses that may make a person think twice before pouring a drink in their room. But that's just what multiple complaints obtained by the Weekly recently filed with the Orange County Health Department by housekeepers allege.

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UC Irvine Medical Center Workers Ready for Strike Vote

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Patient care workers at University of California hospitals, including UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, will be taking a strike vote Oct. 28-30, their union (and the UC's largest) Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced.

The vote follows the recent state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) decision to charge the UC with illegal intimidation and coercion of patient care and service workers during the first-ever strike of UC hospitals in May.

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Employee Pay Lawsuits Against Regal Cinemas Land in Orange County Federal Court

Categories: Court, Labor

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Regal is engaged in off-screen drama
Claims that Regal Entertainment Group and Edwards Theaters violated labor laws by forcing employees to work for free through break periods has landed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

Though the labor law cases were originally filed in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles, the dispute now will be heard in the Santa Ana courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter.

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Owner of Huntington Beach Apartment Complexes Loses Employee Overtime Lawsuit

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Federal Judge Consuelo B. Marshall has ordered the owner of three Huntington Beach apartment complexes to stop violating provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and pay six employees due overtime wages.

As a result, Doug Taylor, CEO and general partner of Huntington Maddox, LP (d.b.a. The Maddox Apartments), Huntington Sandpiper, LP (d.b.a. The Sandpiper) and Las Brisas Del Mar, LP (d.b.a. Las Brisas Del Mar Apartments) must surrender more than $11,220 in owed overtime pay, agree never to threaten employees with retaliation for demanding overtime compensation, keep honest records and post notices of employee overtime rights in English and Spanish at each property.

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