November 14, 2017

Important notice – OCEA has a new URL: The previous URL still works for access to “members only” areas of the website and to reach labor reps. Shorter is better when it comes to a URL!

Orange County

Voice of OC: Salute to Veterans: Salute to Veterans: Event nets 9.7 tons of food donations for veterans and their families

“When men and women make the ultimate commitment to serve our country, they should never go hungry when they return home, and we should be there for them the way they’ve been there for us,” said Jennifer Beuthin, General Manager for the Orange County Employees Association.


OC Register: Two O.C. congressmen among most vulnerable in country, says prominent news site

When the venerable Washington, D.C., political news site Roll Call released its list of the top 10 most vulnerable House members, it was yet another sign of the key role Orange County plays in Democratic efforts to take control of the lower chamber.


LA Times: Why Dana Rohrabacher’s name keeps coming up in the Russia investigation

Despite winning reelection last year by nearly 17%, Rohrabacher’s district is considered a battleground for 2018. He has drawn a Republican challenger, and a handful of Democratic challengers — several of whom are highlighting his friendliness toward Russia in their campaigns.


Daily Pilot: Mesa Water District approves 5-year rate increases over customers’ objections

Customers also will see increases in the fixed charges they pay for their water meters. Those vary depending on the size of the meter, but typical residential ratepayers will see their bimonthly payments rise from the current $23 to about $30 in five years.


OC Register: Answers to your questions: Buying a computer on a budget and boosting Internet speed

Set a budget. You want something that is going to last. You want something that is going to fit your need. And you want something that is going to be reliable and durable, and won’t break on you when you’re in the middle of doing whatever you need to do.



OC Register: California women earn 88% of men’s pay, second-smallest gap nation

The annual report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on gender pay differences — based on median weekly earnings of workers in full-time jobs, both wage and salary positions — shows a California pay gap in 2016 tied with New Mexico and behind only Vermont’s 90.2 percent. FYI: Utah had the lowest pay equity at 69.9 percent.


Sacramento Bee: Does tax bill help or hurt Californians? Republicans hearing it from both sides

“Tax reform shouldn’t hurt Californians, but this proposal does, in a big way,” the California Association of Realtors warns in a full-page ad running in the Nov. 14 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and several other papers up and down the state.


Publication Date: November 14, 2017