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OCEA EMPLOYEE VOLUME 64, ISSUE 1 • JANUARY - MARCH 2011


How to manage existing debt and learn how to budget These days, it’s hard to stay out of debt and sometimes it can seem almost impossible to handle the debt you already have. Orange County’s Credit Union will be sharing some useful tips to help you. Don’t miss this exciting presentation. The main topics will be as follows: • Budgeting • New credit card practices • Managing credit card debt • Step-by-step instructions on how to set up a budget

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Make arrangements NOW to attend this valuepacked presentation! Hosted by Orange County’s Credit Union.

Noon to 1:00 p.m. Wed., April 27, 2011 OCEA Assembly Room Parking is available under the building and in the dirt lot north of OCEA.

Please RSVP if possible by emailing Cathy Yatch, at cyatch@oceamember.org.

Orange County Employees Association 830 N. Ross St., Santa Ana, CA 92701 • (714) 835-3355 • (714) 835-7654 Fax • www.oceamember.org

Hosted by: OCEA Women’s Forum


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A legacy in labor Three generations of women — Minnie Raskin, Mary Gerstein and Sharon Gerstein — pose in this undated photo. HCA employee Sharon Gerstein, now 74, talks about the importance of the labor movement during the 100 years her family has been in America.

FEATURES 8 OCEA on Facebook

17 OCEA in the media

See what OCEA and our members are doing on Facebook.

12 2010 OCEA Steward awards

OCEA fights back against anti-public employee rhetoric.

18 State budget and potential impacts

OCEA hosted its Stewards in late December for a dinner celebrating their achievements.

13 The People’s Inauguration

More than 650 members packed the theater at Main Place Mall in January to hear about state and local budget impacts.

21 Board Member corner

Scenes from Sacramento, where OCEA threw our biggest hot dog event ever for Gov. Jerry Brown.

OCEA Board Member Lezlee Neebe writes about what leadership means to her.

News & updates 2 3 4 4 22

President’s message General Manager’s message OCEA news briefs OCEA calendar Board member Q & A’s

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OCEA coupons OCEA tickets OCEA e-ticket program OCEA discounts OCEA classifieds

On the cover: Our legendary hot dog wagon parked at the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento, Calif. on Jan. 3, 2011. OCEA staff and volunteers served more than 4,000 hot dogs at The People’s Inauguration Party 2011.

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President’s message

Robert Gibson OCEA President

We are one The recent actions by politicians across the country, our state and County have crystallized the threats we all face as public employees and a union. From the legislation introduced in Wisconsin, Idaho, Ohio, Indiana and our own state, the battle lines have clearly been drawn. Some politicians want to take away our right to collectively bargain. They want to take away our ability to advocate for our members. They want to take away any opposition to their power. In the city of Costa Mesa, they even want to take away our very existence. The City Council there recently introduced a plan to eliminate about 200 city employees and outsource their jobs. Some of our members were skeptical of our claims prior to last fall’s general election about the intentions of certain politicians in California. Some claimed we were engaging in hyperbole or attempting to scare our members for some other political agenda. The ugly tree we warned you about for years is now bearing bitter fruit. We are under attack on several fronts. Legislation has been introduced strip us of many of our rights as workers. Signatures are being gathered for propositions to reduce our pension benefits and to increase the employee costs. Other propositions would serve to significantly limit our voice in Sacramento.

Let the recent wave of political demonstrations throughout the world reassure you of man’s desire to be treated justly and to have their grievances addressed. I am saddened by some of our politicians’ attempts to take away our basic human rights in this great country while throngs of the common people throughout this world sacrifice their lives to achieve them. We will win these battles by remaining determined and resolute. We will win these battles by standing together. We will win these battles because we are right.

“We cannot lie down and let people vilify us for their own personal political gain. We must join together with our fellow union members throughout this state and country to fight for our livelihoods and to secure a future for us and our families. We must fight to protect the middle class and to oppose the corporate financed raiding of government assets.” We are one. One people united in our cause. One people united in our desire to live long, healthy and happy lives. One people dedicated to giving our families and those that follow after us a better life. Yours faithfully,

We cannot allow this to happen. We cannot lie down and let people vilify us for their own personal political gain. We must join together with our fellow union members throughout this state and country to fight for our livelihoods and to secure a future for us and our families. We must fight to protect the middle class and to oppose the corporatefinanced raiding of government assets. We must fight the misinformation and misdirection of billionaires and corporate moguls that wish to silence our opposition to their plans. 2

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Robert Gibson OCEA President rgibson@oceamember.org

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General Manager’s message

Nick Berardino OCEA General Manager

Stand unified to protect our communities Across the country - in Wisconsin and Ohio, in Maine and Indiana, and even in Orange County — elected officials and their corporate backers are making a play to take away the right of working men and women to organize and have a collective voice. Calling themselves leaders, these elected officials are advocating for legislation that would wedge a deeper divide between America’s ultra wealthy and hardworking families struggling to maintain their spot in the shrinking middle class. And they’re holding up principles such as fiscal responsibility and balancing a budget — principles working families have lived by for decades — as a red herring to advance their agendas.

But as these so-called elected leaders gain traction in their fight against working families, the quality of life for regular people steadily worsens. And the divide between the super wealthy elite and the rest of us vastly expands. For example, in real dollars the incomes of more than 90 percent of Americans have barely inched upward since 1979. But the top 1 percent of Americans — taking advantage of deregulation, massive tax loopholes, and an economy skewed dramatically in their favor — have seen their incomes nearly quadruple from what were already historically high levels.

“Our communities, our neighbors, are worth fighting for. And I’m honored to stand beside you in this battle.”

So yes, they’re leaders in the sense that they’re leading people’s attention away from the real issues. They’re leaders in the effort to destroy the middle class. In a sense, they’re leading many of their supporters right off a cliff. And that’s not leadership at all.

Leadership is the ability to come together with a unified voice and advocate for a better life — a place where the idea of achieving the American dream isn’t just an idea. It’s reality. Through a unified, collective voice, working people have fought to establish minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, workplace safety standards, paid holidays, maternity and parental leave rights, retirement security, and health care benefits.

You don’t have to agree with every action any union takes to support the primary reason unions exist — to provide some measure of a counterbalance on behalf of ordinary working people to the inevitable excesses of corporate greed. OCEA works everyday to provide that check and balance in Orange County. And we thank you for standing up — even in the face of unfair attacks hurled at you in the media every day — and being the true leaders of this County. You understand that our communities, our neighbors, are worth fighting for. And I’m honored to stand beside you in this battle. In solidarity,

And Orange County Employee Association members have led the way in addressing rising pension costs by negotiating a system that preserves retirement security, protects employee choice and saves the County millions of dollars. Nick Berardino OCEA General Manager Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceamember.

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OCEA news briefs Food Truck Fridays return! Orange County Employees Association will host its Food Truck Friday event — a fundraiser for United Labor Agency Orange County — on April 22, June 17, Sept. 16 and Nov. 18. The event, which will occur from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those dates, features a handful of Orange County’s premiere mobile restaurants serving up everything from BBQ sliders to Nutella chocolate crepes in the name of charity. Participating food trucks donate 15 percent of the day’s proceeds to ULAOC, which helps families who are unemployed or underemployed

E M P LOYEE — especially those whose unemployment benefits have maxed out in the last several months. A Food Truck Friday event held in February raised $410 for the food bank. As an incentive to attend, food truck patrons will be eligible to enter a free drawing for tickets to local theme parks and attractions.

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OFFICERS Robert Gibson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Lezlee Neebe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President Arlyn Buck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President Butch Garcia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Maria Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Luisa Camino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insurance Officer Frank Eley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Past President

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Alan Dean Clow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legislative Maria Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Budget/Finance

Free parking and seating are available. For more information, contact Cathy Yatch at 714-835-3355 or cyatch@oceamember.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sharron Anderson . . . . . . . . County Executive Office Dan Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheriff-Coroner Arlyn Buck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Social Services Agency Luisa Camino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SSA/Adult Services Alan Dean Clow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Defender Maria Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Care Agency Oliver Didio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheriff-Coroner Frank Eley . . . . . . . . . . . . OC Public Works (RDMD) Debra Fyvie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Child Support Services Eusebio “Butch” Garcia . . . . . . Social Services Agency Robert Gibson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probation Gary Morrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assessor’s Office John Leos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probation Lezlee Neebe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superior Court Clerk Cheryl Neuenschwander . . . . . . Superior Court Clerk Phyllis Oudmayer . . . . . . . . . . Child Support Services Bill Stein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheriff-Coroner Pamela Waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Library Ray Yarbrough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probation

OCEA calendar Mar. 22

3 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting

Apr. 5

5:30 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting

Apr. 12

Noon to 1 p.m. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Stewards meeting

Apr. 19

3 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting

Apr. 22

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food Truck Friday at OCEA

Apr. 27

Noon to 1 p.m.

How to manage existing debt and learn how to budget

May 3

5:30 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting

May 10

Noon to 1 p.m. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Stewards meeting

May 17

3 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting

May 25

Noon to 1 p.m.

OCEA Presents “Make the Most of Your Money”

May 30

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Memorial Day observed

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The OCEA Employee magazine (USPS 004330) is published quarterly (January-March; April-June; July-September; and OctoberDecember) by the Orange County Employees Association, 830 N. Ross, P.O. Box 177, Santa Ana, CA 92702; telephone (714) 8353355. Periodical postage paid at Santa Ana, California. Subscription prices: members, $3.00 per year; non-members, $6.00 per year. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Orange County Employees Association, P.O. Box 177, Santa Ana, CA 92702-0177. Advertising in the OCEA Employee magazine does not constitute OCEA endorsement of the products or services advertised. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Orange County Employees Association unless specifically so stated. Contributions in the form of articles, photographs, human-interest incidents, retirement news, etc., are welcomed and encouraged. Association office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except public holidays. OCEA reserves the right to edit or reject any material submitted for publication. Photographs will be returned only upon request. Copyright 2010 by the Orange County Employees Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any portion or contents prohibited by law. Printed by Anchor Printing, Tustin, CA.

Editor: Jennifer Muir Design & Layout: Kevin Rush Staff Writer: Niyaz Pirani 830 North Ross Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 835-3355

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OCEA news briefs New website feature An update to the OCEA website allows members to view news by agency, as well as access an archive of communications sent from OCEA staff to members. The site’s homepage, www.oceamember.org, features a drop-down menu labeled “Find your department” where members can select from a list of all of our various agencies to view updated news specific to each agency. From that page, members can also access our OCEAwide archive by clicking a red button labeled “OCEA member news.” That link is also available on our homepage. We hope to give you the information you need to stay informed about issues affecting your workplace, which is where you come in. If you know of news or events happening where you work, please let us know by emailing npirani@oceamember.org or leaving a message on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/oceamember.

It’s social worker appreciation month!

Correction

Thousands of social workers nationwide are being recognized in March with the belief that “Social Workers Change Futures.” The recognition is part of Social Work Month, a campaign from the National Association of Social Workers in Washington D.C.

A photo on Page 9 of our last magazine issue, OCEA Employee Vol. 63, Issue 4, was incorrectly captioned. The woman being served lunch from a food truck operator is Martha Schlegel of Health Care Agency. The caption incorrectly identified her as Lori Manasco of Public Works.

In Orange County, nearly 1,000 social workers assist about 200,000 children, 140,000 adults and 57,000 seniors per month with services ranging from in-home care to protective help. While part of the campaign is aimed at applauding social workers for their efforts, another portion is based in outreach by reminding people of the integral services provided by social workers in the fields of unemployment, family therapy and assistance, drug abuse and prevention, medical and mental health assistance, and more. For information about the efforts of social workers, visit www.helpstartshere.org. To read more about ways you can increase public awareness of social work, visit www.naswdc.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceamember.

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OCEA news briefs

Sandra Brewer, Barbara Franken, Xavier Marshall, Pamela Thomas and Gabriela Garcia pose for a group photo after receiving awards at Child Support Services in Santa Ana in January.

Awards ceremony honors Child Support Services workers Five OCEA members were recently recognized for their contributions to the team at Child Support Services. The quarterly Labor Recognition Awards was started by OCEA Board Member Phyllis Oudmayer as a way to recognize employees for their everyday accomplishments. Winners were presented with movie tickets and a slice of congratulatory cake. Here are the winners, and what their nominees had to say about them: About Sandra Brewer: “Not a day goes by that Sandy hasn’t helped us in one way or another. Her knowledge of financial structure and procedures is remarkable. Sandy is always there to help, guide and/or teach you. … Sandy has such a great attitude about it all. She’s friendly, funny, and is a genuine good person.” – Leanna Upton About Xavier Marshall: “You can always depend on Xavier to be proactive in providing ideas for potential problems and receptive to brainstorming viable solutions. For Xavier, problems are not frowned upon but viewed as a challenge to test his skill level. … Xavier displays a gracious attitude and a commitment to increase his skill sets.” – Tom Chan 6

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About Barbara Franken: “Barbara Franken is a very softspoken person who accomplishes tasks assigned to her efficiently. She is also very detail-oriented. Although she is always to herself, she is a team player and gets along with EVERYONE. … Her work ethics are exemplary and quality of work is outstanding. Stars don’t shout, they shine.” – Alan Santa Ana About Pamela Thomas: “Pamela is patient with our customers to facilitate the release of their licenses but does not let them slide on getting their payments made. As many others have witnessed, Pam is very knowledgeable about policy and procedure and is always willing to share her information.” – Susie Johnson About Gabriela Garcia: “For me Gabriela stands out because she is extremely knowledgeable and she is willing to share her knowledge with others. … She was patient with staff while assisting them with their questions. While working with staff, she identified discretions in LRC Business Practice which were revised. Her contribution to this project was greatly appreciated.” – Pam McLellan If you have a recognition program in your workplace, or know of a co-worker you believe deserves recognition in our magazine, contact OCEA Communications Specialist Niyaz Pirani at npirani@oceamember.org.

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OCEA news briefs OC Public Works employees recognized

OC Public Works Material Lab employees (left to right): Miguel Ochoa, Paul Weaver, Jonathan Weaver, Camille Adler and Michael Hatch.

More than 200 members of Orange County Public Works were recognized in February for their efforts in battling a December storm that soaked Orange County with nearly 6 inches of rain in a week. They responded to flooded streets, fallen trees and electricity outages. They worked around the clock to ensure residents across the County stayed safe and dry from the storm. The deluge was so strong that on Dec. 20, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency. The next day, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a similar proclamation for not only Orange County, but five additional counties. Employees across the County responded. Operations and Maintenance began staffing their storm center two days before the heaviest rainfall, and they took nearly 500 service calls throughout the storm. The downpour caused road closures, flooding and mudslides, particularly in the county’s canyons. OC Waste and Recycling workers responded with heavy equipment. “OCPW’s help with the storm efforts helped greatly with rapid response for clean-up of the roads,” said Jeff Heard, an OCPW building inspector. The response made it easier for Federal Emergency Management Agency workers, as well as private insurance companies, to do their jobs. OC Parks staff monitored county parks, trails and roadways, and staff from several county departments including Social Services Agency, Health Care Agency, Sheriff-Coroner, Treasurer Tax Collector, OC Community Resources and the CEO’s office worked local homeless shelters to provide relief from the rain for those without a home. “Overall, we had a terrific response from all our County Departments to this significant storm event and I am very proud of our response and the continued clean-up

OCEA scholarship opportunity returns Orange County Employees Association will award two $2,000 scholarships this August as part of our annual scholarship program. A selection committee will review each applicant’s high school transcripts, current grade point average, SAT scores, personal recommendations and an essay that should explain how applicants plan to use their college educations to further the interests of working men and women. Only children or stepchildren of OCEA members — including those whose legal guardian is an OCEA member — are eligible to apply. Students must also be enrolled, or intending to enroll, in an accredited college, university or community college for the Fall 2011 quarter or semester. Applications must be postmarked by 5 p.m. June 1. Visit www.oceamember.org for more details and to download an application. The scholarships will be presented on Aug. 16.

and recovery efforts being provided to our most impacted communities,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Campbell said. Campbell plans to recognize different County employees for their service to the community each month. It’s a gesture that hasn’t gone unnoticed at OCPW. “Whenever a concerted effort by your organization is recognized by the Board of Supervisors, it is a boost to the (department’s) morale,” said Doug Scott, an OCPW building inspector. “Acknowledgement for one’s participation is always greatly appreciated!”

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OCEA on

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OCEA launched its redesigned Facebook page in late October. Though it’s only been a few months, our online community has more than 700 members who discuss current events, share photos and enter contests for tickets to local theme parks, attractions and movies. We want to build the strongest interactive community we can for you, but we can only do that with your support. Join us at facebook.com/oceamember. For help getting started on Facebook, email OCEA Communications Specialist Niyaz Pirani at npirani@oceamember.org for a printable tutorial. The OCEA communications team is always on the prowl for interesting events and stories regarding our members. Below are a few mobile uploads from our Facebook page while we were out and about:

Outside of Gov. Jerry Brown’s office before his swearing in on Jan. 3.

OCEA Board member Debra Fyvie (left) and CSS employee Fabiola Salgado work the bake sale at Child Support Services.

At OC Water District in Fountain Valley for a meeting. It looks like a taxidermy museum in here! Meet the pelican.

Congratulations to the following members who won tickets to attractions and events through recent contests on our Facebook page: Maricela Barcenas-Najera, Health Care Agency (Boomer’s); Lenai Carraway, Social Services Agency (Knott’s Berry Farm); Stuart Goong, Public Works (San Diego Zoo); Mario Roy Hernandez, Probation (Knott’s Berry Farm); April Marie Hooper, City of Costa Mesa (Knott’s Berry Farm); Lupie Janos, Social Services Agency (AMC movie tickets); Jeff Kanarek, Social Services Agency (LEGOLAND/ SEA LIFE Aquarium); Jennifer O’Leary Morgan, Courts (Knott’s Berry Farm); Paul Nguyen, Social Services Agency (AMC movie tickets); Erik Oviedo, Community Resources (AMC movie tickets); Hilary Peralta, Health Care Agency (Shen Yun Performing Arts at Segerstrom Hall); Courtney Erin Pricer, Community Resources (Amtrak Pacific Surfliner); Marie Suchy, Courts (AMC movie tickets); Maria Villavicencio, Social Services Agency (Amtrak Pacific Surfliner).

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Paul Nguyen Leadership is: Persuading others through example to do what is necessary, providing solutions when challenges are faced, and always at the very least - ensuring that hope is never lost even at the darkest moments.

people like this Beverly L. Ritz Help us get to 1,000 followers! Once we hit our goal of 1,000 followers, we will have a drawing for two tickets to see the Battle of the Dance dinner show ($120 value). Only members who “like” us will be eligible to win. The sooner we get to 1,000, the sooner we can give the tickets away so make sure you tell your fellow members.

Leadership is: Living and doing life with goodness, absolute honesty, intelligence, and integrity is what I look for in a leader. If only there were people who really are like this.

Patrick Powers Leadership is: A characteristic trait that’s demonstrated through clear, encouraging, and thoughtful words and followed by action with integrity and fairness.

Becky Daher We often discuss different topics on our Facebook page. This month, members respond to two different questions: “What does leadership mean to you?” and “What is your New Year’s Resolution?”

My New Year’s resolution is: My resolution is to put my foot down, not accept mediocrity, and be more committed to my own good health and well-being. I’ve earned it.

Jeannette Hargan My New Year’s resolution is: Appreciate all that I have in my life, take action on aspects of my life that I can improve, be at peace with what I cannot change.

Ben Savill My New Year’s resolution is: One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read all my emails from OCEA!

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A legacy in labor How the labor movement has shaped the values of one family throughout a century. By Niyaz Pirani

Samuel Gerstein was in his living room, filling a metal box with some of his most precious books: works by physicist Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. It was the early 1950s, and Samuel, a scientist who specialized in blood pathology, was bracing for the fallout as Senator Joseph McCarthy whipped the nation into a frenzy over rampant claims that Communists had infiltrated the United States government. In post-World War II America, one question weighed heavily on the minds of some of the country’s top lawmakers: “Are you now or have you ever been a Communist?” Even though he wasn’t, Samuel didn’t want suspicion coming his way. “How come you’re doing that?” Samuel’s young daughter Sharon remembers asking her father as he hid the books away. If the landlord sees them, her father explained, he might tell somebody. Samuel couldn’t afford to lose his job as others had over accusations of being a Communist. 10

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“Someday,’ he said to me, ‘Someday it will be the time when you’re going to have a chance to carry on this kind of a fight,’” recalled Sharon, who grew up to become a marriage and family therapist at Orange County Health Care Agency, and an OCEA member. “That’s all I can think about,” she said. “I’m very old — I’m 74 — and this is the time.”

Humble beginnings Sharon’s American roots were planted in New York around 1915 when the Raskin family, Minnie and Philip, arrived from an oppressive Jewish ghetto in Vitebsk, Russia. Minnie spoke only Russian and Yiddish. She was pregnant at the time with Sharon’s mother, Mary. “I asked her, when I was about 10 years old, ‘How did you learn to speak English?” Sharon said of Minnie. “Her answer was, ‘If your children are hungry, you can even learn Japanese in an hour if you need to feed them.”

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Minnie and Philip would later move to Detroit, and finally, to California. Mary would stay in the Midwest, eventually raising her family in Wisconsin. In California, Minnie made dresses in a factory in Downtown L.A.’s garment district using the skills she learned from her own mother. She landed the job quickly, and just as quickly she began to notice inequities in her workplace. “They would do things like not let anybody go to the bathroom, or never have a break,” Sharon said. “Women would fall asleep over their sewing machines.” Eventually, someone came around from a union representing garment makers. Minnie let the speaker know she was interested in supporting their efforts, and in only a couple of years she became a union organizer. Minnie started her organizing by rattling off in Yiddish while standing atop a soap box. She figured someone in the immigrantfilled workplace would understand her and translate for her fellow co-workers. Eventually, she learned English from them. “She would say, ‘It’s not enough if you have food. It’s not enough if you can pay your rent. It’s not enough if you have a job. It’s only enough if everyone else has that too,” Sharon said. “That’s what my mother grew up in, and that’s what she taught me and my sister.”

The time is now There are many similarities between the Great Depression and the Great Recession, Sharon says, only this time “we’re much softer, cushier, because we’re not built for that kind of challenge.” Though the books her father stored away over 50 years ago were lost when Sharon came to California, the inspiration of her family’s plight proves that looking to the past can reveal better ways to face the future. “I learned about all of the struggles of the unions, the people who had died and been beaten because they wanted better working conditions,” Sharon said. “ … There isn’t anyone that can do anything for us. We have to do it ourselves.” Sharon said there’s no better example of that than what is happening in her home state of Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker recently proposed legislation that would end collective bargaining for unions. She said the move would be disastrous for the citizens of the United States. The only consolation to their struggle, she said, is that the public gets to see the importance of maintaining the basic rights of the working class. It’s a lesson she teaches new hires at HCA when they arrive.

Solidarity

“It gives me an opportunity to inform them on what a union means, not only to them, but to all of us,” Sharon said. “To me, it means that someone is looking out for me — and it’s not just someone, it’s all of us.”

Sharon was born in 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression. Her parents’ struggle was no less difficult than the experiences of her grandparents.

She not only strengthens membership, but pays homage to the strong women in her family who strove to improve life for working families.

Before they had children, Samuel and Mary lived above a butcher shop in Milwaukee, WI. Sharon’s mother would tell the butcher she needed a bone to give the dog when she really planned to use it for soup. During the Depression, Samuel took a job selling shoes at a department store; the only way he got the job was by promising to pay for his boss’ bus pass, which he did.

“From a humanist point of view, that’s what life is about,” Sharon said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do.”

“My parents definitely knew how to struggle,” Sharon said. “I think that kind of struggling had something to do with sensitivity to other people’s problems … with the knowledge that if we stick together, we can make something happen.” As a child, Sharon received an education in social justice. Her family participated in Workmen’s Circle, an organization of families that helped each other. If someone lost a job, other members would bring them food or watch their children as they searched for work. “That’s how I learned about unions — by going there and running around with other kids, listening to my parents talk,” Sharon said. “ … I went to school and I would see there were very, very rich people and very, very poor people, and I never could really understand why that was, until, of course, I got older.”

Sharon Gerstein, now 74, sits in her office at Health Care Agency in Santa Ana.

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2010 OCEA Steward awards OCEA Stewards were honored for their dedication to OCEA and its members.

OCEA Civic Action Award winners Pamela Waters, an OCEA Board Member, and member Margo Knife Chief pose with President Robert Gibson. Winners Peggy Maxwell and Mariah Knife Chief were not present.

OCEA Board Member Jeff Gallagher and Board President Robert Gibson pose with David Paschke, winner of the Outstanding Recruiter Award.

OCEA President Robert Gibson stands with President’s Award winners Reza Jafari, Steve Ollo, Anjali Sunny, Stella Inta, Margot Knife Chief, Beatrice De La Torre, Shela Fujimura and Frances Stevens. The award is presented for outstanding service and dedication to OCEA and fellow members.

OCEA Board Member Maria Corona, President Robert Gibson and Outstanding New Leader winners Paul Nguyen and Michele Curry. Winner Richard Burns was not in attendance. Perfect Attendance (at Stewards meetings) award winners include: Board Member Sharron Anderson, Board Member Debra Fyvie, Board Member Phyllis Oudmayer, Board Member Frank Eley, Board Member Pamela Waters, Board Member Butch Garcia, and Stewards Lani Nguyen, Linda Romo, James Gotter, Sheila Fujimura, Richard Burns and Michele Curry. Not pictured are Kenny Wong and Felicia Garner.

OCEA First Vice President Lezlee Neebe with Women’s Forum award winners Debra Fyvie, an OCEA board member, Linda Romo and Lynne Bailey. Helga Meza was not present. The award recognizes dedication to the OCEA Women’s Forum and to fellow OCEA members. 12

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OCEA Past President Frank Eley presents the Frank Eley Award to Luisa Camino. The award is in recognition of long and distinguished service on the OCEA Board of Directors.

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“It’s good to stand with them because they stood with me,” Gov. Jerry Brown, Jan. 3, 2011 Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceamember.

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Left to right: Orange County Labor Federation Executive Director Tefere Gebre, OCEA Board Member John Leos, OCEA President Robert Gibson and IBEW Political Director Doug Mangione.

OCEA brought our legendary hot dog wagon to downtown Sacramento Jan. 3 to host an inauguration party for Gov. Jerry Brown. We cooked more than 4,000 hot dogs for the public at the event, which was held on the lawn of the State Capitol.

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Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys an OCEA hot dog with wife Anne Gust.

An OCEA volunteer hands a hot dog to the Governor.

The inauguration party, cohosted by Sen. Lou Correa, was a testament to Brown’s lifelong commitment to representing the interests of working people in California. It showed the Governor that as he tackles the state’s financial challenges, working men and women will remain behind him. Said Brown, while eating a hotdog at the event: “When your supporters get together and make you a few hot dogs, I think it’s good to stand with them because they stood with me.”

OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino with Sen. Lou Correa. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceamember.

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OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino is interviewed by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter.

More than 20 stories written were written about our event by news media in California, the nation, and as far away as Europe. OCEA’s photos of the event appeared on Facebook news feeds more than 19,000 times. Left: OCEA Communications Director Jennifer Muir is interviewed by a Fox news channel. Below: OCEA Second Vice President Arlyn Buck and Board Member Ray Yarbrough help set up.

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OCEA

in the

OCEA has been working hard to defend our members against the anti-public employee rhetoric that’s regularly in the media. We’ve been covered on television and in newspapers, magazines and blogs in recent months. OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino appeared nationally on Fox Business News and locally on “Inside OC with Rick

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Reiff,” and several of his editorials rebutting attacks against public employees in The Orange County Register. Additionally OCEA Communications Director Jennifer Muir spoke with Fox 11 News about Pension Boot Camp, a political event aimed at teaching elected leaders how to negotiate against public employee unions.

Here are a few excerpts from the coverage: “(Pension Boot Camp) isn’t really a constructive approach to handling pension issues. … I think pension reform is a very important part of the economy in California and our organization has led the way in being the first organization in California to adopt a hybrid plan that is partially-defined benefit and partially-defined contribution.” – Nick Berardino, Fox Business News, February 2011 “There are abuses that are still out there when it comes to pensions, but, you know, the first place you have to look, especially in Orange County, is at the very top among executives and managers who aren’t paying their fair share.” – Jennifer Muir, Fox 11 News, February 2011 “(Orange County) is Southern Bell, and I’m not talking about an Alabama co-ed here. This stuff has been going on a long, long time in Orange County and continues to go on.” – Nick Berardino, Inside OC with Rick Reiff, January 2011

“More pension reform is needed in Orange County, but not the pensions of rank-and-file public employees, who already more than carry the economic weight of their pensions. It’s now time for the so-called “fiscally conservative” elected officials and county executives to give up their perks and begin paying their fair share into the county’s pension system.” – Nick Berardino, The Orange County Register, Feb. 4, 2011 Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceamember.

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critical

budget meeting

OCEA updates members on the State budget and potential O.C. impacts.

There was an overwhelming response to our general membership meeting in January. We expected 500 people, but more than 650 packed the theater at Main Place Mall. It was standing room only with members spilling out into the lobby. What we heard was an overwhelming sense of disappointment from members over the lack of leadership being shown by County executives. You told us that County leadership is out of touch with the concerns of rank and file employees, and that as a result, many of our members lack confidence in their ability to lead the County through this fiscal minefield.

• There is significant resentment in Sacramento toward Orange County because of the behavior of many of our legislators there. Therefore, as the mechanics of the realignment are negotiated, there is a possibility that Orange County will fare worse than other local governments. • If the State shifts services to the County without providing adequate funding, the impact could be extremely negative. • Additionally, if Vehicle License Fee taxes are allowed to sunset this year, there will be a $19 million impact to the county.

Here are some of the topics covered: STATE BUDGET

• The Governor plans to ask voters to extend the Vehicle License Fee tax during a special election.

• The state budget faces a $26 billion shortfall. • The Governor’s budget plan includes shifting, or realigning, the responsibility for providing many services from the State to the local level.

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The following were questions asked at the meeting by members to OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino: Q: Will there be layoffs? A: As it stands today, the County has said that the current five percent across-the-board department cut will not result in layoffs. OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino (right) and legislative advocate Steve Baker address the crowd on how the state budget may affect OC.

Q: What does the County want to do to employee earnings and benefits?

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A: The County always wants to reduce compensation. They have already approached OCEA and our response is simple — as soon as executives and managers catch up to what we’ve already done, we’ll consider other proposals. You can’t continue to make working people carry the County on their backs when executives and managers don’t contribute a fair share toward their pensions.

• The County’s five-year budget plan calls for a hard hiring freeze and 5 percent budget cuts from all general fund departments in an effort to cut $100 million over the next five years. • The plan also includes proposals to reduce salaries, limit step increases and annual leave payouts, and potential changes to your pension benefits. The County acknowledges that many of these proposals would require labor negotiations and legislative changes, and that could result in legal challenges. • If County executives, managers and elected officials gave up their perks and started contributing the employee contributions for their pensions, the County would save about $20 million.

And remember, our average pension is $29,000 per year. We get no Social Security. And we pay the entire employee contribution plus a portion of the employer contribution. Q: How did the board and executives get in the position to give themselves raises? A: They allowed an 18-month, five percent voluntary pay cut to sunset in January.

YOUR PENSION • The hybrid pension plan is now available for new employees. We continue to work with the U.S. Department of Treasury to obtain a ruling that existing employees will have a one-time option to select the new pension plan, and we are cautiously optimistic of a positive response within a short time. • One or more County Supervisors want to go beyond the significant changes we have already agreed to. Based on their public comments, they plan to continue their attack on public employees by seeking to further reduce pensions for existing employees. There are also groups who have talked of putting a measure restricting public employee pensions on the ballot. There is no doubt that these next few years will continue to be challenging for public employees. Many of the proposals to cut budgets and benefits will likely occur. The only way for us to protect your family’s security and the critical work you do is if we remain unified through these difficult times. Please continue to stay informed through our website, www.oceamember.org, and by following our page at www. facebook.com/oceamember. Together, we will continue to lead our County through these challenges and see a better day.

Q: If an amendment to the State Constitution were passed regarding pension formulas, what could it do? A: We don’t know because there isn’t any current proposal that has qualified. However, one concept being talked about would permit elected bodies to change a current employee’s pension formula. The change would still be subject to collective bargaining, but the elected body would be given authority to implement changes if they don’t reach a deal with the union. It is important to note that any attempt to unilaterally change current employee pensions would result in lengthy litigation which would then go through a lengthy appeals process. It would likely be many years before such an action would effect employees, even if challenges to it ultimately proved unsuccessful. Q: County workers have not been given raises, and have seen furloughs and endured layoffs. Why not strike? A: We can march, we can go to the board of

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supervisors, we can fill the board room if and when that will help our cause, and I’ll lead that effort. But if you go on strike in this environment, the way people feel about public employees, you’re going to have to find someone else to do that, because I’m not going to. I think definitely we need to stand up, be committed and take the steps to make our voices heard. We have to do the practical and smart things that make sense and will be in the best interests of all of us. Q: How does giving back executive perks, car allowances and paying into executive pensions help? A: If they gave up all their perks, and managers and executives paid into their pensions, equals about $22 million. When we’re looking at $43 million budget shortfall, that’s a big help. Last year we gave them 19 pages of things they could do to reduce their costs. Some of them they implemented, but many they did not, or said there was not enough money to be saved.

Q: Has OCEA gone to radio shows like “John and Ken” and “The Bill Carroll Show?” A: Yes. We’ve been on “John and Ken” twice. They forget about how much they hate us when they realize how greedy the executives have been. Q: How many people have expressed interest in switching from the 2.7 percent at 55 to 1.62 percent at 65 with a 4 percent defined contribution? A: We have not polled, but some people would be (interested) because it puts money back in your paycheck. We want to have that option, and it’s important to have that option because it provides sensible reform. Q: How can OCEA members help? A: There are a number of things you’ll be asked to do in the coming months. But the most important is to stay united, stay together and support each other.

Q: The County is still hiring. How can we stop that? A: They’re not going to stop the hiring. It’s not as much as it was, but they’re not going to stop, and we continue to challenge them. We have sent letters to the Board of Supervisors about this, and have had some of our rebuttals to editorials about pensions and County practices run in the Orange County Register. Q: Are we lobbying with other unions? A: We collaborate on certain issues, obviously. Others we don’t. We’ve collaborated with SEIU, and I’ve been to D.C. twice to do pension reformation. Our pension plan has been written about by the Wall Street Journal and the Economist in England, so we’re trying to be a part of the solution on the pension issue.

Also, support and vote for the sales tax and VLF extensions that we hope will be on the special election ballot this spring. These extensions will be crucial to the financial stability of local government. Q: How can OCEA members stay informed? A: Read the emails sent to you from OCEA. They contain updates that directly impact your financial security and that of your family. If we don’t have your home email address, send it to us and we’ll add you to the email distribution list. You won’t know what’s going on unless you do it. In addition to emails, regularly check the OCEA website and become an OCEA friend on Facebook. You can keep your information private on Facebook, but you need to sign up to become a fan of our page.

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Board member corner

Lezlee Neebe OCEA First Vice President

Leadership: What is your contribution going to be? We use certain terms quite a bit in our daily activities. Take the word “leadership.” It has so many applications. As children, we look for people to emulate. We have our heroes, those we wish to be like. When we are older and have a family of our own, we teach our children to speak out for what they believe in and that it is their right to do so in a respectful manner. In our communities, we become involved in sports activities, churches, clubs and our community governance. We take on roles as coaches, Sunday school teachers, Booster club members, PTA volunteers or elected officials. At work, we look to mentors to glean knowledge, guidance and direction. We build a strong community and continue to grow. There are leaders at every level, and each one is vital and just as important as the other. They depend upon good communication and a continued focus on what is best for all. Leadership can be defined as one’s ability to influence others to willingly follow towards a common goal through clear communication, persistence, commitment and integrity, which yields empowerment and strength. These are attributes well sought after both at home, in our communities, and in our workplace. At OCEA, we are focused on advancing the welfare and security of Orange County local government employees and their families. OCEA is a recognized and respected leader among labor organizations and in our State. We are employee run and employee driven. Our leadership begins with us! We are the ones on the front lines every day.

People have shared with me, “I don’t have time to be involved or even become a steward.” I respond by asking them, “Do you have time to put up a couple flyers on the bulletin board at the worksite once a month? How about phone banking one evening for one hour? What about reading articles that affect us as public employees and taking two minutes to post a comment about them online?” There are so many ways to be involved that do not require the proverbial “time commitment.” These issues directly impact our very job security. Don’t be fooled into thinking that issues affecting State government do not apply to us here in Orange County. Things happening on a State level impact us every day! What kind of leadership roles are you involved in? I challenge you to take a serious look and identify those areas you can be a better leader, at home, in your community and on the job. As we journey through this year, 2011, we face many challenges, and there are always “tasks” to be done, a message to get across, and goals to be ultimately reached. Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to make a contribution towards achieving something extraordinary. I look forward to working alongside you. What is your contribution going to be?

We have 19 members on our Board of Directors who are elected by our membership. But our power and strength lies within the collaborative investment and participation of our membership. We have a common goal and vision. What is your role in our organization? Believe it or not, but by just being well informed and sharing your knowledge with your co-workers, you are playing a vital role. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceamember.

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Meet your OCEA Board Members By Niyaz Pirani A few changes have taken place in recent months on OCEA’s Board of Directors. We’ve seen old friends go while also welcoming a familiar face back into the fold. Jeff Gallagher, a Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officer II from Probation, served on OCEA’s Board of Directors since 2002. He stepped down in January. Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officer John Leos,

Debra Fyvie

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Who is a person you see as an effective leader? What did they accomplish to make you view them that way?

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Why did you become an OCEA board member, and what makes you want to serve the membership in this capacity?

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I wanted to know more about OCEA and be involved with decisions effecting members. I have been involved with OCEA as a steward, on three bargaining negotiations, Women’s Forum, Legislation Committee and Retirement Committee. I want make sure County employees continue to be treated fairly and our retirement is safe.

Q:

What do you suggest other OCEA members should do if they want to get involved?

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It’s easy to get involved and know what’s going on — come to a meeting. Check us out on the Web at www.oceamember.org. Read the updates sent via email from Nick. Become a steward.

Q: What are the qualities a good leader should have? A: Great leaders have excellent communication skills. They have integrity, dedication and willingness, at any point, to OCEA EMPLOYEE

Finally, OCEA Insurance Officer Luisa Camino, a member since 1986 and a Board of Directors member since 1998, retired in March. We’ll have more on her departure in the next issue of OCEA Employee. We wish her the best and will miss her dearly.

walk out in front of the group and share their vision with others. Great leaders always lead by example.

Senior Law Office Supervisor County employee since 1976 OCEA member since 1980 OCEA Board Member since 2009

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also from Probation, was appointed to replace Gallagher. Leos served on the Board in 2008 and has been a Steward since 2004. To learn more about Leos, read the Q & A on the opposite page.

OCEA’s General Manager Nick Berardino is a most effective leader. Through his leadership, we have accomplished a “2.7 percent at 55” retirement benefit for many County and Court employees, an increase in County health and welfare contributions, safety membership for deputized Probation Department employees, annual leave and improvements in disability benefits.

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At a time when the national debate is focused against public employees and labor, how do you think OCEA members can change the perceptions of everyday people?

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Get involved, know what’s going on. We all need to speak up for ourselves and let others know rank-andfile public employees carry the economic weight of their pensions. OCEA members pay their share into the pension system, and the vast majority pay a portion of the employer’s contribution as well. OCEA’s retirement is sound; we aren’t the cause of the State or County budget deficit. As we continue our fight to save jobs and maintain benefits for all of our members employed by the County, Court, cities, and other agencies, know that you are not alone. The leadership team, staff, Board of Directors, stewards, and all other member-leaders are working tirelessly on your behalf. From Sacramento to San Clemente and all points in between, OCEA is meeting the challenge.

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Dan Beam

Sheriff’s Special Officer II County employee since 1988 OCEA member since 1990 OCEA Board Member since 2009

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Why did you become an OCEA board member?

A: Serving as the Vice Chair of the SSO/Deputy Coroner Unit Executive Committee, I wanted to become more involved with the advancement of all OCEA members to make everybody better and stronger. I felt I could bring leadership, communication and understanding of how the County operates to the Board of Directors.

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What do you suggest other OCEA members do if they want to get involved?

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Start by keeping updated through communications. Then start attending meetings if you want to go farther. Next would be to become a steward for your work area. As a steward, you can help by keeping the correct message going and dispelling rumors.

John Leos

Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officer County employee since 1996 OCEA member since 1997 OCEA Board Member since 2008-09, 2011

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Why did you become an OCEA board member, and what makes you want to serve the membership in this capacity?

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I have always had respect for this organization, and I am truly grateful for all it has done to protect working class people. As a steward and a member of my bargaining unit, I have seen how OCEA continues to advocate for the working class and educate the public and elected officials that OCEA has some solutions and alternatives in these hard economic times. I feel honored to be part of an organization that is innovative, inclusive, united and strong.

Q:

What do you suggest other OCEA members do if they want to get involved?

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Q: What qualities should a good leader have, and why are they important?

Become a steward and attend rallies. Also, read all the emails (from OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino) and ask your co-workers to do so.

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Q: What are the qualities a good leader should have? A: A good leader should have integrity, compassion and bravery.

Experience is learned, so a person should first have the drive to better themselves, the classification and the membership as a whole.

Who is a person you see as an effective leader? What did they accomplish to make you view them that way?

Q: Who is a person you see as an effective leader? What did they accomplish to make you view them that way?

Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller is the most decorated United States Marine in history. He is a leader that every Marine respects because he possesses so many qualities of a true leader. I especially respect him because he was not a “Do as I say, not what I do,” kind of leader. He led by example and cared about all Marines regardless of rank or title.

A good leader should, most importantly, be able to effectively communicate — to keep everybody on board with the message of the organization. A good leader should also have positivity, a strong work ethic and experience.

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Ronald Reagan was an effective communicator. He brought the country together when it was fragmented. He was charismatic, passionate about what he believed and about direction he felt the country should be headed in. When he was governor, he began the move to give workers collective bargaining rights by signing the Meyers-MiliasBrown Act. Jerry Brown took over after that and ran with it.

Q: At a time when the national debate is focused against public employees and labor, how do you think OCEA members can change the perceptions of everyday people?

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At a time when the national debate is focused against public employees and labor, how do you think OCEA members can change the perceptions of everyday people?

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OCEA and its leadership have been at the forefront of this challenge. I feel we have dedicated the last few years to educating the public about what we have done to save taxpayers money and the sacrifices our members have made during these tough economic times.

By standing strong and united and communicating with everyone the correct message — that without unions, there would be no middle class in America.

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Working on your taxes? To help make tax time easier for our members, we are providing the following information. The OCEA payroll deduction amounts for membership dues, voluntary insurance plans, other benefit programs, OCEA POPL, and agency fees for 2010 are listed below. Dental DHMO—DeltaCare CAM 42

OCEA Annual Membership Dues (County & Court)

Health & Welfare Participants (Option 1)

Member Only

Member with 1 Dependent

Member with 2 or more Dependents

Full-Time

$263.12

Part-Time or Extra-Help

$131.56

$75.06

$104.24

$279.10

Health & Welfare Participants (Option 2)

Vision Service Plan Insurance

$75.06

$104.24

$279.10

Health & Welfare Participants (Option 3)

$229.06

$434.42

$639.78

Member Only Member with 1 Dependent

Member with 2 or More Dependents

Non-Health & Welfare Enrollee

Option 1

no charge

$49.68

$176.64

$229.06

$434.42

$639.78

Option 2

no charge

$49.68

$176.64

Option 3

$61.20

$80.16

$143.76

Non-H & W enrollee

$110.64

$160.32

$287.52

Retiree

$110.76

$160.44

$287.52

Retiree

$229.05

$434.40

$639.88

Delta Dental DPO Plan A+

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Note: Members of OCEA affiliates or contract associations should contact OCEA Benefits Staff.

Health & Welfare Participants (Option 1)

Member Only

Member with 1 Dependent

Member with 2 or More Dependents

Pre-Paid Legal Insurance Basic Plan

$179.52

$288.08

$765.96

$1,452.62

Health & Welfare Participants (Option 2)

Basic Plan with 24-hour coverage

$191.52

$288.08

$765.96

$1,452.62

Extended Plan

$287.52

Health & Welfare Participants (Option 3)

$381.94

$878.28

$1,551.68

Non-Health & Welfare Enrollee

$613.60

$1,135.16

$1,804.14

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Agency Fee payers: Full-Time $194.66; Part-Time $97.33 OCEA Peace Officer Protective League members: $264 (in addition to OCEA dues deduction)

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OCEA coupons

Special savings for OCEA members! Cut out your coupons and save on services and dining. Present this coupon along with your OCEA membership card, and receive

20% discount off your total bill Offer valid for any dine-in and catering order. Cannot be combined with any other special offer. Photocopies will not be accepted. Valid at this location only: TOGO’S, 123 West 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706 (at 17th and Main Street) For more information on the discount please call the store at (714) 541-2711.

Present this coupon along with your OCEA membership card, and receive

20% discount on out-of-pocket expenses

Present this coupon along with your OCEA membership card, and receive

15% discount off your bill Good for take-out, pick-up and deliveries. Thank you for supporting you community small businesses! Valid only at the Tustin location.

BURL’S IMPORTED CAR SERVICES

Present this coupon along with your OCEA membership card, and receive

13612 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780 • (714) 731-6444

20% discount on labor

You must present this coupon at the time of purchase along with your OCEA membership card. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Foreign and domestic repairs. Family-owned for over 40 years. Honesty - Reliability - Trust Brian Moore — Owner 2910 S. Halladay St., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • (714) 546-4138

Present this coupon along with your OCEA membership card, and receive

FREE 16 oz. fountain drink with the purchase of any regular priced lunch item, $3.99 or more. Valid any time at two convenient locations: 12 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92702, Phone: 714-564-9664. 301 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868, Phone: 714-935-1936. (Original coupons only. Photocopies will not be accepted)

$40

ANY SMOG (no extra fees for smog certificates, truck charges, etc.)

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Present this coupon along with your OCEA membership card, and receive

FREE 12 oz. brewed Starbucks coffee with the purchase of any regular priced breakfast item ($2.99). Valid any time at two convenient locations: 12 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92702, Phone: 714-564-9664. 301 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868, Phone: 714-935-1936. (Original coupons only. Photocopies will not be accepted)

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OCEA tickets

Special savings for OCEA members! Check OCEA’s website, www.oceamember.org, for full details. Amusement Parks Castle Park, Riverside: $15.99/Adult; $11.99/Child under 48” (Reg. $21.99 & $12.99). Tickets expire 11-23-11. Offer only available online. Disneyland & California Adventure: 1-DAY 1-PARK ADMISSION: $71/ Adult; $65/Child ages 3-9 (Reg. $76 & $68). Park Hopper and Annual Passes are also available. Offer only available online. Knott’s Berry Farm: $30/Adult; $21/Child ages 3-11 and Seniors 62+ (Reg. $55.99 & $25.99). Tickets expire 12-31-11. Online tickets available. LEGOLAND California: Single-day admission with 2nd day FREE: $52/Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $69/Adult & $59/Child). Online tickets available. Hopper: $62/Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $89/Adult & $79/Child). Offer only available online. All tickets expire 12-13-11. San Diego Zoo: $32/Adult; $24/Child ages 3-11 (Reg. $37 & $27). Tickets expire 12-13-11. San Diego Zoo Safari Park: $32/Adult; $24/Child ages 3-11 (Reg. $37 & $27). Tickets expire 12-13-11. SeaWorld San Diego: Single-day admission: $45/Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $69.99). Fun Card: $55/Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $69.99). All tickets expire 12-13-11. Online tickets available. Six Flags Magic Mountain: $26/Adult; $18/Child under 48” (Reg. $59.99 & $29.99). Tickets expire 12-31-11. Universal Studios Hollywood: Buy 1, get 6 months free: $64/ Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $74). Annual Pass w/Blackouts, Annual Pass w/out Blackouts and Premium Star Passes are also available. All passes must be activated by 12-31-11. Offers only available online.

Dinner entertainment Battle of the Dance Dinner Show: Platinum: $72/Adult; $40/Child ages 12 & under (Reg. $90 & $45); Gold: $48/Adult; $25/Child (Reg. $60 & $30); Reservation required. Visit OCEA website for more information. Tickets expire 12-13-11. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: $42/Adult; $32/Child ages 12 & under (Reg. $58 & $36). Reservations required. Tickets expire 9-30-11. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: $36/Adult; $28/Child (Reg. $59 & $40). Tickets expire 11-30-11.

Movie Theaters AMC Theatres (Loews & Cineplex): $6/person (Reg. $12.50). Century Cinema: $6.50/person (Reg. $10.50). Krikorian Premiere Theatres: $7/person (Reg. $10.50). Regal Entertainment Group: $6.50/person (Reg. $11.50).

ONE-TIME EVENTS Cirque du Soleil (Quidam): $30.50-$91.50/Person (Reg. $41-$101); Shows available for discount: 4/27 at 7:30 p.m.; 4/28 at 7:30 p.m.; 4/29 at 3:30 p.m. 5/01 at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. For more information about Quidam, or to purchase ticket please contact Jessica Reveles by email jreveles@ cbbankarena.com, or by phone at (909) 244-5516. Pageant of the Masters: $43/Person. Tickets are good for the show on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 8:30p.m. Main tier right, rows B-E. Renaissance Faire: $16/Person ages 3 & up ($25/ Adult & $15/Child). Apr. 9 – May 22, 2011. Visit OCEA website for more information.

OUT OF AREA Tickets at Work: Discount admissions on a variety of attractions nationwide. Check www.oceamember.org for current details. Offers only available online.

So Cal Attractions Aquarium of the Pacific: $17/Adult; $10/Child ages 3-11 (Reg. $24.95 & $12.95). Tickets expire 11-30-11. Online tickets available. BOOMERS! (FAMILY FUN CENTERS): $15/Person (Reg. $29.99). Catalina Flyer: Check www.oceamember.org for current offer details. Catalina Express: $56/Adult; $46/Child ages 3-12 (Reg. $66.50 & $51). Blackout dates: May 28-30; Jul. 2-4; Sept. 3-5, 2011. Tickets expire 12-31-11. Discovery Science Center: $11/Adult; $8/Child ages 3-17 (Reg. $12.95 & $9.95). Online tickets available. K1 Speed: $15/Person (Reg. $25.95). Drivers must be at least 4’11”. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: $19/Adult; $12/Child ages 4-14 (Reg. $25 & $18). Tickets expire 12-31-11. Offer only available online. Newport Landing Whale Watching: $15/Adult; $10/Junior ages 3-12 (Reg. $30 & 25); Visit OCEA website for more information. Tickets not sold at the OCEA Special Events office. Discount available upon reservation and checking. OCEA membership card required.

Sports Anaheim Ducks: Check www.oceamember.org for current details. Offer only available online. Davey’s Locker Sportfishing: 1/2 day: $30/Adult; $25/Junior ages 3-12 (Reg. $40 & $33). 3/4 day: $52/Adult; $45/Junior ages 3-12 (Reg. $69 & $59); Visit OCEA website for more information. Tickets not sold at the OCEA Special Events office. Discount available upon reservation and checking. OCEA membership card required.

Water parks Season opens in May! Check OCEA’s website for most current ticket information. Hurricane Harbor: Tickets available at the OCEA Special Events office at the end of May. Online tickets available soon. Knott’s Soak City: $22/Adult; $20/Child ages 3-11 and Senior 62+ (Reg. $26.99 & $21.99). Tickets available at the OCEA Special Events office at the end of May. Online tickets available soon. Raging Waters: Single-day admission: $23/Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $36.99). Season Pass: $49.99/Person ages 3 & up (Reg. $64.99). Tickets available at the OCEA Special Events office at the end of May. Online tickets available soon. Wild Rivers: Tickets available at the OCEA Special Events office at the end of May. Online tickets available soon.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly OC Performing Arts): Check www.oceamember.org for current details. Offer only available online.

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Special savings for OCEA members! Check OCEA’s website, www.oceamember.org, for full details. Automotive & Car Rentals The Red Book: New cars at fleet prices! For details, go to www.redbook4autos.com or call (800) 422-4561. Avis: Save up to 15% off regular rates through Tickets-At-Work Corporate Program. Corporate code: D472600. Call (800) 698-5685. Budget: Up to 25% savings on selected cars through Tickets-At-Work Corporate Program. Corporate code: X989202. Call (800) 455-2848. Burl’s Imported Car Services: Family-owned for over 40 years. Honesty - Reliability - Trust. OCEA members receive 20% discount on labor. Foreign and domestic repairs. Brian Moore – Owner. 2910 S. Halladay St., Santa Ana, CA 92705. (714) 546-4138. Dollar Rent-A-Car: Call (800) 800-3665 to find out more! Corporate code: CH0415. Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 10% off regular price! Call (800) 736-8222. Corporate code: 32E8228. Hertz: 5% off daily and weekly rentals! Join Hertz #1 Gold Club online and save more! Corporate code: 1335448. Call (800) 654-8216. Thrifty Car Rental: Great savings through Tickets-At-Work Corporate Program! Call (800) 847-4389. Corporate code 0010229234. Wheeler’s Auto Service: 10% off all parts and labor. Walking distance from downtown Santa Ana. Call (714) 543-4689 and ask for William.

Candies, Flowers & More Cherry Moon Farms: 15% discount on hundreds of orchard-fresh gifts that make every occasion special. For more information call (800) 2102279. Corporate code: OCEA. Personal Creations: 15% discount on a variety of personalized gifts, perfect for any occasion. For more information call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. ProFlowers.com: 15% discount on a variety of gifts for all your personal and corporate occasions! Same-day delivery available! Call (800) 210-2279 to place your order. Corporate code: OCEA. Red Envelope: 15% discount on a unique and wide-ranging collection of thoughtful gifts for every occasion. To order over the phone, call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. Shari’s Berries: 15% discount on high quality hand-dipped berries, luxurious cheesecakes and gourmet baked goods. Call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. See’s Candy: Gift certificates good for 1 lb. at any See’s store! OCEA-members price $13.50 (Reg. $16.10). Certificates are available at the OCEA Special Events office by cash or ATM/debit card.

Purchase tickets: To order by mail, please include: 1) name and phone number, 2) letter stating your ticket order, and 3) check payable to OCEA for the full amount of the ticket order plus $6.40 for shipping and handling. Send orders to: Special Events, OCEA, 830 N. Ross

Chiropractic & Dental Services DiversiCare Medical & Therapy Center: Suitably located close to Civic Center. Great discounts on body massages and chiro treatments. Call (800) 717-0766 for more details. Orthodontic Office of Mark J. Weisenberg, DDS, MS: Excellent discounts on Invisalign treatments and orthodontic braces. Delta Dental provider. Located in Villa Park. To schedule your appointment, call (714) 974-9000.

Cosmetics & Skin Care Avon: 10% off plus FREE shipping & gift for all online orders. Visit www.youravon.com/leticialopez. Mary Kay: 10% discount on all products. Contact www.marykay.com/jpadore or (949) 559-8022 for a brochure and details for an extra 10% discount on “Last Chance” items.

Entertainment & Travel Tickets-At-Work: Up to 40% off a variety of nationwide shows such as Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, Las Vegas and more! Please log on to the OCEA website (www.oceamember.org) for full list of attractions! Great savings! You must be registered on OCEA’s website to receive discounts.

Family Entertainment Irvine Lanes: Various discounts are now available to OCEA members at the Irvine Lanes! Visit www.oceamember.org for more information and applicable coupons. Irvine Lanes is located at 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. For more details please call (949) 786-9625.

Home Improvement Apache Tile & Stone: Over 15 years experience installing tile, stone and laminate flooring. Professional, fast and affordable service. OCEA members receive free estimates and 15% off total installation! References furnished upon request. Call Jose Morales at (714)579-9514 today.

Jewelry Teresa’s Jewelers: Great deals on a variety of contemporary jewelry styles! Call the Jewelers at (714) 834-9277.

Party Rentals OC Fun Party Rentals: Looking for a jumper rental company that offers safe, clean, affordable, and great-looking jumpers? OCEA members receive 15% discount! For more information call (714) 914-7159, email OCFunPartyRentals@gmail.com, or visit their website www.OCFunRentals.com.

Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Checks for over $500 not accepted. Ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Please allow sufficient time! Mailed ticket orders are generally processed within five business days of receiving the order. Sorry, OCEA makes no guarantees

Ride N Glide Rentals: Silly Racers – Slide and Glide bumper cars to rent for children’s party! Guaranteed to entertain children for hours! Best for entertainment for 3-10-year-olds. 30% off your party rental to OCEA members! For more information call Carlos Flores at (562) 665-4474 or email him at janetcarlos00@msn.com (please put “silly racers” in the subject area).

Pet care United Pet Care: Affordable veterinary savings programs guarantees savings of 20-50% on every veterinary visit! United Pet Care California, 24361 El Toro Rd., Suite 280, Laguna Woods, CA 92653. Phone: (949) 916-7374 Fax: (949) 916-7376. Taking your pet to the vet has never been easier, or more affordable!

Photography Artistic Bridals & Portraits Photography: 15% off wedding photography & event plans from their already low prices. OCEA members-only plan is also available! Visit www.nemo4u.com to view samples of work. Call Mike Nemeth at (949) 496-4559 today! Kalaidecam Photography: 15% off when customer mentions the code “OCEA”. Visit www.kalaidecam.com for more information. Main Photo & Imaging Services: 20% off all your photo and digital needs! Visit www. mainphoto.com for more details. OC Image Services & Tip Wynn Photography: Log on to www.ocimageservices.com and www. tipwynn.com to view their professional images. Up to 25% off on selected plans! 30 Minute Photos Etc.: Online boutique photo service offers 40% off for all OCEA members’ orders. Corporate code: IRVINE.

Scrapbooking Close to My Heart: 15% off your first order for OCEA members. For discount information contact Andrea Lewis at (714) 777-1170 or via email at writetodre@hotmail.com. Digital Personal Publishing: Great savings on story-booking to cherish for years to come! Professional consultation offered by Melodie Jones at (714) 401-0926 or melodiejones@flash.net.

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PartyLite: Light a candle and reclaim the magic of everyday life! 20% discount on all purchases! Please contact Adrienne Ponce at (562) 3338025 or visit her website www.PartyLite.biz/ ButterflyDelyte. Wagstaff Music: 25% off DJ services! For more details call Bryan Wagstaff at (714) 437-7712.

Vacations Club Med Vacations and Cruises: 30% to 50% off on last-minute vacation packages! Contact LaVonne Campbell at (714) 991-7222 to schedule your trip. SCAT Travel: Offers substantial discounts on a variety of exciting cruises exclusively for OCEA members. Contact Sandy Cuny at (714) 6699019 or by email scunny69803@aol.com.

Wellness Lindora: Look great and feel great in just 10 weeks! Free Consultation and Assessment! 10% off Lindora’s Nutritional Products and Support Tools; 20% off Booster Injections; 25% off Personalized Weight Loss Clinic Programs as well as 24/7 Online Support System; 50% off Lab Work. To receive a discount you need to provide your OCEA membership card and photo ID. Visit www.lindora.com/partners/ocea or call (800) LINDORA for more details.

Wireless AT&T: For more information, contact Paul Villigan at (760) 496-8207, or by email at paul.villigan@att.com. Sprint: Save 18% on select regularly priced monthly service plans (requires twoyear agreement). Visit www.sprint.com/ californialocalgovernment for details. If you are an existing customer, please call (866) 8534931 to inquire about your discount. Corporate id: GLLCA_WSC_ZZZ. For more information contact Spring Public Sector Sales Rep., Karen Patton via email karen.patton@sprint.com. T-Mobile: 15% discount on qualifying monthly recurring charges for the OCEA members and their families! Promotion code: 13302; Promotion code: 13302TMOFAV. Discount Contact: (877) 453-8824. Verizon: Save 15% on select monthly plans. Apply online using Government Employee Program E-Code EMD70.Discount Contact: www.verizonwireless.com/getdiscount.

The Pampered Chef: Colleen Holland, Independent Consultant, (714) 496-9814. Shop at www.pamperedchef.biz/gramaskitchen. Quality tools for food preparation and entertaining. Free shipping and delivery for all OCEA Members. You must call Colleen directly for this offer.

on mailed orders. Shipping and handling charges cover costs of certifying and insuring mailed tickets. For further information, contact Joanna Nachurski at (714) 835-3355 or via email at jnachurski@oceamember.org. Ticket hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Classified ads are a free service to all members. Only members may submit ads. Ads may be edited or rejected by OCEA. Notify Niyaz Pirani if you wish to cancel your ad, or regarding corrections or other changes. Mail your classified ads to Niyaz Pirani at OCEA Headquarters, 830 N. Ross St., Santa Ana, fax them to (714) 835-7654 or email them to npirani@oceamember.org. Apartment Rentals

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Two bedroom condo in Corona. Granite countertops in kitchen and bathroom, upgraded lighting, dining area, washer/dryer hookup, central AC/heater. Private balcony with beautiful park view, association pool/spa and tennis court. Ready Feb. 1. $1,138/month. Information: 949-302-6827. 01/11 One bedroom condo + loft in Portola Hills, near Ridgeline and El Toro Rd. 1 bath, balcony, garage w/opener, washer/dryer, fireplace, AC, clubhouse, pool and spa! Ready Feb. 1st. $1,350/month to rent. Information: 714-846-0822. 01/11 One bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, on French Street, near Civic Center and Main Street. Apartment will be available in early 2011. $875/month, $600 deposit. Please call (714) 542-2985 for more information. 01/11

Ford Expedition Limited Sport Utility. Pearl white. 55,000 miles. 4D 4X2, 7 passenger, second row captain seats, 5.4 L-3V SOHC V8 engine, 6-speed automatic O/D Trans, interior leather seats, AM/FM/6 CD with clock, power steering, cruise control, 28 gallon fuel tank, power doors/locks, powerfold 3rd row seating, ceiling mount DVD player, rear AC/heating, safety canopy/side airbags, reverse sensing system. Information: 949-322-0713 or bblevine@cox. net. 01/11 CARPOOLERS NEEDED

Go to www.ridematch.info to request a carpool matchlist from the regional rideshare agency. Learn more about alternate commute options at www.CommuteSmart.info. FOR sale 01/11

1997 Mariah Shabah 180/SE 18’ Open Bow Family Ski Boat. Trailer length: With Tounge 23’3” Without Tounge 20’10” Trailer Width:8’2”. Horse Power 190; Lockable Ski Storage; Draft Drive Down 34”; Bimini Top; Draft Drive Up 17”; Digital Depth Gauge; Fuel Capacity 30 Gallons; Swim Ladder; Transom Dead Rise 18 degrees; Trim Gauge; Freeboard Bow 3’; Tilt Wheel; Freeboard Aft 2’10”; Compass; Beam 7’8”; AM/FM cassette; Wiring connection flat 4-plug; Dock lines; Hitch ball required 2”; Anchor; Swim platform; Custom tow cover; Passenger capacity 9; Swivel chairs; Sterndrive/motor; 2 built-in coolers; MerCruiser Alpha One V-6, 4.3 liter; high-flow bilge pump; all accessories included. Information: 949-322-0713 or bblevine@cox.net. 01/11 Baby items. Bright Stars bouncer chair with music, pink, $25; Summer Infant Sleeper, white, $30; Swing/Infant Seat (sitting and music only, swing does not work), brown/green, $30; Infant sling/carrier, black/white, $15. Included with purchase: 1 bag of gently-used baby girl clothing, 0-6 months old. Information: Jane, janethargan@gmail.com. 01/11

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Orange County Office on Aging. Free information on services for older adults, 800-510-2020. services

Tutoring available. Elementary to college students, for all subjects. Over 15 years experience, references available upon request. Information: Johnny, 714-622-8195. vacation rentals

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Schwinn bicycle. $70. Information: Ricky Martin, 714-642-8261.

Retired Employees Association. Join the Retired Employees Association. Participate for only $1.00 a month. Information: 714-840-3995,fax 714-8407189, email reaoc@reaoc.org or www.reaoc.org.

Presidential suite in Cabo San Lucas. Suite with 40 ft. balcony overlooking Sea of Cortez, available Dec. 5-12 (other weeks available); $1,600 per week at Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort. 1,500 sq. ft. suite sleeps 8. Full access to amenities, as well as at the sister resort next door, including full-service spa with gym, sauna and massage, free-form swimming pool, tennis, water sports, casual and gourmet restaurants and more. Beachfront and marina-side restaurants and nightlife are within walking distance. Free private parking and 24-hour security included. Information (this unit, and others): Howard, 714-313-1290 or hsnitowsky@hotmail.com. 02/11 Master suite in Cabo San Lucas. Ocean front suite available July 4-11; $1,150 per week at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Resort. 900 sq. ft. suite includes a separate bedroom, with 2 bathrooms; sleeps 6. Full access to amenities, as well as at the sister resort next door, including full-service spa with gym, sauna and massage, free-form swimming pool, tennis, water sports, casual and gourmet restaurants and more. Beachfront and marina-side restaurants and nightlife are within walking distance. Free private parking and 24-hour security included. Information (this unit, and others): Howard, 714-313-1290 or hsnitowsky@ hotmail.com. 02/11 Junior suite in Cabo San Lucas. $900 per week at Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Resort. 575 sq. ft. suite includes 2 queen beds; sleeps 4. Full access to amenities including full-service spa with gym, sauna and massage, free-form swimming pool, tennis, water sports, casual and gourmet restaurants and more. Beachfront and marina-side restaurants and nightlife are within walking distance. Free private parking and 24-hour security included. Information (this unit, and others): Howard, 714-313-1290 or hsnitowsky@hotmail.com. 02/11

Enter our contest! We’re holding a contest for our magazine readers.

Women’s designer suits. Sizes 4-8, large selection of pant suits/skirt suits, $50 each. Variety of colors. Information: Lynn, 714-865-3646. 01/11

To enter, send an email to contest@oceamember.org by Apr. 30 with “Magazine contest” as the subject. You’ll be entered in a raffle to win two tickets to Disneyland.

VIP vinyl patio pet door. Dual-pane tempered glass, “multi-flex” flap to fit pets up to 35 lbs., fits most existing sliding door locks. $250, or best offer. Information: 949-460-9762 or email mgcross@cox.net. 01/11

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