A ballot initiative to require Anaheim Resort-area businesses receiving city subsidies to pay workers a minimum $18 an hour by 2022 has met a signature requirement to qualify for the November general election ballot.
Ada Briceño, a Co-President for the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE Local 11, in Orange County challenges her labor colleagues this Labor Day to embrace immigrant rights and stand with 800,000 young people across the nation who receive refuge as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) just as President Trump reconsiders the program.
But even if voters passed the two referendums, which oppose the building of luxury hotels with large tax subsidies, they would not stop the developer from going ahead with the projects or receiving city tax breaks, city officials say.
Approval of the mega-development in the Platinum Triangle had been held up due to fierce opposition from Angels Baseball, but the team and the Hong Kong-based developer reached an accord in recent weeks.
After victories in the Anaheim council districts battle, and with restorative justice in the schools and immigration at the county, grassroots groups are projecting power in conservative Orange County in ways they haven’t before.