Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger, Costa Mesa Mayor and Councilman, v. Cop Union Lives!

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File photo of Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer holding up a fire services proposal.

I don't know how many election cycles we'll have run through before it's all sorted out, but when it comes to the harassment case Costa Mesa's mayor and a councilman have against the city's police union, it's still game on, baby!

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Jose Solorio, Union-Friendly Democrat, Accuses GOP Foe Janet Nguyen of Being Union Friendly

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Former Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana), a longtime friend of labor unions, is taunting his Republican opponent for state Senate, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, for snuggling up to a union. Wait ... what?

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DA Tony Rackauckas Election Opponent Schedules Bowling For Anti-Corruption Event

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With three weeks to go before California's June 3 primary election, the long-shot challenger to Tony Rackauckas has scheduled an event to publicize the incumbent Orange County District Attorney's "corruption."

Greg Diamond--an Orange County Democratic Party officer, former Jerry Brown campaign official, civil attorney and political blogger--hopes to win attention to his effort with a May 17 bowling alley event he's calling "Strike Out Corruption."

Diamond announced his campaign earlier this year when it was clear Rackauckas rival Todd Spitzer, a Republican Orange County supervisor, would again forgo a campaign against his old boss and nobody else was interested in offering voters a ballot choice.

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Shawna Barretto Allegedly Stole $1.4 mil from Law Firms; Fred Correll Took Teamsters' $10k

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An Anaheim bookkeeper has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from two law firms and issuing unauthorized checks to her husband.

Meanwhile, the former treasurer of the Fullerton office of a Teamsters union has pleaded
guilty to embezzling $10,000 and faces sentencing Aug. 4.


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Fired African-American Hotel Worker at Irvine Embassy Suites Claims Racial Discrimination

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Clergy members and activists protest Irvine Embassy Suites
Activists and clergy members from numerous organizations gathered outside Irvine Embassy Suites earlier this month to support former employee Aaron Westly who claims management fired him after he complained to no avail about a coworker calling him an "animal" and "nigger." The story of racial harassment went unreported save for the Tri-County Bulletin, an African-American newspaper serving the Inland Empire, Long Beach and Orange County.

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

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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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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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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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