TimesOC: Choose guidelines in opposition to Disneyland staff in living-wage lawsuit

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It’s Friday, Nov. 5. I’m Ben Brazil, bringing you the newest roundup of Orange County information and occasions.

Just a few years in the past, Disneyland workers filed a lawsuit claiming that they don’t earn a dwelling wage and the huge leisure firm is legally required to pay them extra.

The lawsuit alleged that the Walt Disney Co. violated Measure L, which requires resort companies that obtain a metropolis subsidy to pay their staff a minimum of $15 an hour. Underneath the ordinance, the minimal rises by $1 an hour annually till 2022, when it reaches $18. Raises will then be based mostly on the price of dwelling index.

Within the lawsuit, the Disney staff contend that Anaheim is utilizing tax {dollars} to repay building bonds for the Mickey and Mates parking storage. A lot of the taxes come from Disney, whereas the remaining comes from lodge mattress taxes. The lawsuit asserts that Disney retains income from the parking storage and can personal it as soon as building prices are paid again.

Disney and Anaheim have argued that the parking storage settlement doesn’t represent a subsidy underneath Measure L.

A decide dominated in opposition to the employees this week, siding with Disney.

Park guests take a selfie in entrance of the Walt Disney statue inside Disneyland.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Instances)

My colleague Gabriel San Román wrote that Orange County Superior Court docket Choose William D. Claster concluded that an growth of the Disneyland Resort that was authorized by town in 1996 didn’t meet the authorized definition of a tax rebate subsidy underneath the living-wage legislation.

“The court docket is confronted with a slim query: whether or not any of the agreements recognized by the events provides the Disney Defendants a proper to a rebate of their taxes,” learn Claster’s tentative ruling. “Whether or not town of Anaheim ‘backed’ the Disney Defendants in a colloquial sense just isn’t a difficulty.”

Randy Renick, an lawyer representing the employees within the lawsuit, was upset with the decide’s ruling.

“We disagree with the court docket’s slim studying of Measure L and consider Monday’s ruling eviscerates the 2018 vote to undertake a dwelling wage in Anaheim,” Renick mentioned. “The plaintiffs are contemplating all their choices, together with enchantment. It’s disappointing that Disney can take lots of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from town of Anaheim and but refuse to pay over 25,000 staff a dwelling wage.”

A judge ruled in Disneyland's favor this week in a lawsuit filed by workers seeking a living wage.

A decide dominated in Disneyland’s favor this week in a lawsuit filed by staff in search of a dwelling wage.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Instances)


Advocates held a rally this week in Santa Ana in opposition to efforts by some to overturn hire management and just-case eviction ordinances that had been lately authorized by the Metropolis Council. Just a few days after the vote, the California Condo Assn. introduced that it might be main an effort to overturn the brand new legal guidelines. “As a substitute of celebrating the victory of Metropolis Council passing hire management, we proceed preventing,” Idalia Rios, an activist with Vecindario Lacy en Accion, mentioned on the rally. “We all know that individuals energy issues extra. This years-long combat gained’t be in useless.”

Huntington Seashore Metropolis Supervisor Oliver Chi is predicted to turn into Irvine’s new metropolis supervisor. After two years on the helm in Huntington Seashore, Chi is leaving town with a finances surplus. The Irvine Metropolis Council is predicted to approve the rent subsequent week.

One of many slowest and longest automobile chases in current reminiscence resulted in Orange County on Thursday morning. Police pursued a stolen 18-wheeler by the night time from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, utilizing a number of spike strips to cease the car. It was a troublesome morning for commuters, because the chase backed up visitors for greater than 5 hours.

The Heroes Touchdown group in Santa Ana supplies wanted help to veterans battling housing insecurity. My colleague Sarah Mosqueda wrote that the group has been offering “a sanctuary of stability and a hub of hope” for veterans since final yr.

In response to complaints from residents about noise and home events, Costa Mesa has prolonged a ban on short-term leases for an additional yr whereas town figures out regulate them. Reporter Sara Cardine wrote that town additionally agreed to permit two urgency ordinances to proceed by 2022 that enable outside eating and retail.

Laguna Seashore is making headway in additional than a dozen environmental applications town dedicated to in March. The applications embody trash assortment, a ban on single-use plastic and seashore security.

Newly launched physique digicam footage launched by Tustin police sheds new gentle on the deadly police taking pictures of a homeless man who reportedly was affected by psychological well being points. The time from when the officers first made contact with Garcia to when the deadly gunshots had been fired lasted one minute and 17 seconds.

Actor Charles Ross will star in a one-man show about Star Wars.

Actor Charles Ross will star in a one-man present about Star Wars.

(Courtesy of Dean Kalyan)


Did you ever want that the whole authentic Star Wars trilogy could possibly be performed by one actor and condensed into an hour? Then “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” could also be one thing you wish to see. The Irvine Barclay Theatre will function the efficiency subsequent week. Canadian actor Charles Ross will play each character within the authentic trilogy, together with the Millennium Falcon.

Most individuals get pleasure from sandwiches and music. One Costa Mesa deli determined to mix the 2. Every part on the menu at Good Eats With Laura is music-related. The sandwiches are named after well-known tunes. Even the potato chips are referred to as “groupies.”

RH, beforehand often known as Restoration {Hardware}, will open a large retailer in Vogue Island in a couple of years. The furnishings gallery can even embody a rooftop restaurant and wine bar. Development is predicted to start mid-2022 for the primary RH places in Orange County. My colleague Lilly Nguyen has the story.

Mike Trout, wearing a jersey to honor Tyler Skaggs, speaks to Eric Kay in the dugout  in July 2019.

Mike Trout, sporting a jersey to honor Tyler Skaggs, speaks to Eric Kay within the dugout.

(Getty Photographs)


A decide has delayed the trial of former Angels communications director Eric Kay, who was charged within the overdose dying of Tyler Skaggs. The decide moved the trial to January in response to a movement from Kay’s attorneys. Skaggs was discovered useless in a Texas lodge in 2019 from choking on his vomit. A combination of ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone was in his system.

Right here’s a roundup of highschool sports activities from Orange County’s coastal cities, together with Sage Hill boys’ water polo defeating Katella in a CIF divisional spherical. Additionally, the Ocean View boys’ water polo group claimed a blowout win to advance within the playoffs.

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