By LP Hastings
By Michael Goldstein
By R. Scott Moxley
By Gustavo Arellano
By Gustavo Arellano
By Matt Coker
By Nick Schou
By Bethania Palma Markus
SUNDAY, April 14 "Why so happy?" we ask a whistling-while-he-works janitor at The Block at Orange. "'Cause I'm a union man," he beams. The popular shopping mall recently became the first in California to allow its janitors to join a labor union, according to officials with Local 1877 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Mills Corporation, the Block's owner, quietly struck the deal—and we stress "quietly"; you don't want that shit getting around the Pacific Club—because it needed organized labor's blessing to build a mall in union-friendly San Francisco. Local 1877, which is better-known by its militant motto "Justice for Janitors," promised to help push for the Bay Area expansion once Mills allowed its janitors in OC and the rest of California to form unions. Says Reina Schmitz, Local 1877's political community organizer, "It's the power of union solidarity."
Huntington Beach resident and Republican gubernatorial candidate Nick Jesson informs us that the state appellate court in Santa Ana rejected his bid to nullify the March primary election, which found him garnering 17,746 votes to declared winner Bill Simon's 1,048,013. "This is a very sad time in our country to see so much corruption going on with very few doing anything to stop it," Jesson tells us. He sued because he maintains he was the only statewide candidate who pledged he'd not join entities that will overthrow the U.S.—as required by law. "This saddens my heart to see that the American people today cannot see what we are leaving to the future of our children. No longer will they know the freedom that we once enjoyed less than 40 years ago. And one day soon, they will awaken to the army of United Nations troops, which already outnumber our troops in our country by four to one, running our country and lives." Wise up, California: write in Nick Jesson's name on the November ballot . . . before it's too late.SATURDAY, April 20 Orange County public television station KOCE/Channel 50 boldly ignores PBS network president Pat Mitchell and airs Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street. Huntington Beach-based KOCE is one of 11 PBS stations nationwide airing the CNBC-produced show. Rukeyeser fled to the cable network last month after Maryland Public Television fired him from his 32-year stint as host of Wall $treet Week. In a four-page letter, Mitchell urged PBS programmers to avoid the Rukeyeser show, as it would undermine the all-new Wall Street Week With Fortune rolling out on June 28. That KOCE is going against the grain is no surprise; for years, they've ignored the tastes of anyone under 80 by boldly airing Lawrence Welk reruns. SUNDAY April 21 We stumble onto yournovel.com, where couples give their names, hair colors and other personal details so they can be written into one of 11 romance/adventure novels for $49.95 and change. "Newlyweds can find themselves chasing bad guys on wave runners off the North Carolina coast, foiling a stalker on a luxury cruise ship, or tangling with a cougar in the wild," states the promo material. "That's just the adventure part. They can also skinny-dip in the Caribbean, frolic under a waterfall, or swing into bliss on a hammock." Scoot over, Ms. Sea Lion: now we're vomiting and foaming at the mouth. Nick Schou contributed to this week's report.
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