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OCEA EMPLOYEE VOLUME 69, ISSUE 4 • October–December 2016



FREE 2016 VETERANS DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa WORKERS ACROSS CALIFORNIA INVITE YOU TO


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.VETERANSANDLABOR.COM FOOD DRIVE: Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to veterans in need Help veterans who have done so much for us. Bring your non-perishable food items to the Orange County Employees Association at 830 N. Ross St., Santa Ana, 92701 during business hours. You can also bring your food donations to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Nov. 11, 2016. It’s the biggest Veterans Day celebration in Orange County!

OCEA EMPLOYEE VOLUME 69, ISSUE 4 • October–December 2016


Cleaning up the mess

A maintenance worker cleans a water fountain near the Plaza of the Flags. Fountains in the Civic Center are used for washing clothes and bathing by the homeless population. OCEA has been advocating for safety and cleanliness in the Civic Center.

FEATURES 5 Students earn scholarships offered exclusively to OCEA members Education is an essential tool in building the American Dream, and OCEA scholarships can help.

16 Celebrating OCEA’s vets OCEA members defend the values of working families at home and abroad.

11 Keeping up the pressure on Civic Center progress Fighting for safe working conditions for County workers.

20 OCEA members “Get Involved” Meet OCEA members Liza Cooper-Butler and Robert Hendricks, the newest additions to your OCEA Board.

14 Thousands attend 2016 OCEA Health Fair Attendance tops 2,500 at the annual event featuring healthy food and advice.

26 OCEA’s Voter Guide is here The Nov. 8 election is right around the corner. Check out the OCEA-endorsed candidates.


President’s Message General Manager’s Message OCEA News Briefs

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OCEA Calendar OCEA Tickets OCEA Discounts



President’s message

Lezlee Neebe OCEA President

Join us in honoring Veterans I always remember my dad during the month of November because of Veterans Day. He was in the Navy and served in Vietnam. My dad left this earth six years ago, but I am so humbled and proud of his dedication and service. He put his personal life on hold to defend our country. He stood for America, and America stands for freedom. Many of us have family or friends that served or currently serve in the military. Veterans Day touches all our lives. Our holiday season begins with Veteran’s Day. Over the past four years OCEA has spearheaded a special event honoring vets at the Orange County Fairgrounds, entitled Veterans+Labor: Partners in Service. We have engaged labor unions across Orange County to come together in solidarity, creating a space for the entire community to pay their respects to our veterans and to thank them for their self-sacrificing service to us all. Every year our event gets bigger and better. This year is extra special. We will be featuring the grand dedication of Heroes Hall Veterans Museum—a year-round Veteran’s museum and exhibition space. The building itself has a rich history. It was a former cadet barracks and part of the Santa Ana Army Air Base back in 1942. Many WW II pilots, navigators, and bombardiers received their pre-flight training right here in Orange County. After the war, the State of California purchased part of the land occupied by the base and that became the new home of the Orange County Fair. In 2013, the OC Fair & Event Center partnered with our community in supporting the preservation of the building for purposes of creating Heroes Hall. The Fair’s Board of Directors invested $4 million in the project. The non-profit Heroes Hall Veteran’s Foundation was created to fundraise for the costs of creating the exhibits and running the museum. Bolton Colburn is our Heroes Hall supervisor, and I am proud to sit on the Heroes Hall Board along with former OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino.

and their families are able. They will show that the freedoms we enjoy are not free and come at a very high cost. We are also in discussions with the State of California for Heroes Hall to be included in the core curriculum for 11th graders, ensuring that the history of Orange County veterans will be told for generations to come. The finished building will feature over 5,400 square feet of exhibition and program support space on over 12,000 square feet of land including a courtyard, garden and outdoor miniamphitheater. The official dedication is scheduled during the Veterans + Labor Veteran’s Day Community Celebration, Nov. 11, 2016. It’s a community event, so bring your family, friends and neighbors. FOOD DRIVE: This year we are taking on an additional project to support veterans, and we need your help. Our previous food drive collected 4.5 tons of food to support veterans in need and this year our goal is to exceed that amount. Look for donation bins in your work areas, or drop off your donations at OCEA. Let’s celebrate our heroes and honor them the way they deserve! I know my dad and so many other veterans who are no longer here will be looking down and celebrating with us. In solidarity,

Lezlee Neebe OCEA President

In March of 2016, we broke ground on the permanent site. All the work being performed on this project is UNION LABOR! The museum will be more than a place to simply look at things behind glass. Heroes Hall will tell the amazing story of the brave men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, for freedom. It will tell their story in a way that only they 2


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General Manager’s message

Jennifer Muir Beuthin OCEA General Manager

Standing together, we are stronger This month marks nearly a year since we reached an agreement with the County of Orange, ending a long period of wage stagnation and political attacks on County workers and their families. Cities and special districts across Orange County where OCEA members work and live have also seen improvements to wages and working conditions. And the strength of OCEA is standing behind those workers who are bargaining now in other cities and districts, fighting for fairness and family supporting pay. At OCEA, we live by an important principle that the more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war. So we have been spending this year preparing, identifying areas where we can gain ground and fortifying our defenses against attacks on the horizon. To do this, we have asked members to get more involved in standing together—the best way to further strengthen our great union. We have increased the number of membership meetings, added training for our workplace stewards, and found ways to further deepen the relevance of OCEA membership in every member’s life. Thank you to the dozens of new leaders who have stepped up this year to contribute your time and energy to make a difference in the lives of workers here. You will see the fruits of our shared commitment throughout this magazine, whether it’s in improved health and welfare benefits, our victories advocating for safety in Orange County’s civic center, new on-the-road educational seminars for members only, or our efforts to support veterans. If you haven’t gotten involved yet, it’s not too late. Join us by signing up to become a leader at getinvolved or by giving us a call. One way, working together, we can protect jobs and support all of the OCEA members who keep our communities safe and healthy is by supporting candidates for political office who have demonstrated they stand with working people and sound public policy. There’s a national election happening just days away. And this year, the OCEA Board of Directors has endorsed candidates who have demonstrated commitment to protecting you at work, candidates who support fair pay, safe working conditions, a secure retirement and a belief that the

public workforce promotes the public’s wellbeing. We respect and understand that every OCEA member has a number of different values they bring into the voting booth that can extend beyond your family’s financial security. However, it’s our job as your union to let you know which candidates would have a direct impact on your ability to provide for your family, and these endorsements represent that advice. You can find a portion of the voter guide on the back of this magazine and a longer list online at There’s also a separate election this year that will have a direct and immediate impact on the retirement security of County, Court and Fire Authority workers. There is an open seat on the Orange County Employees Retirement System board, and we need to vote this December to elect Russell Baldwin to that seat to protect our pensions against the constant attacks aimed at our retirement system. The stakes could not be higher. Just this month, the Los Angeles Times levied another misleading attack on pensions, making a case to reduce retirement security for all of you who have paid into the system and worked your whole lives with a promise you’ll be able to retire with dignity. Additionally, attacks on existing pension benefits continue in the courts and by politicians who do so for political gain. That’s why the OCEA Board of Directors, as well as unions throughout Orange County, unanimously recommend supporting Russell Baldwin for OCERS. Standing together, we have done so many wonderful things, and there’s so much more we can do together to improve the lives of all OCEA members and the communities where we serve. In solidarity,

Jennifer Muir Beuthin OCEA General Manager

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OCEA news briefs E M P LOYEE Orange County Employees Association

OFFICERS Lezlee Neebe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Alan Dean Clow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President Judy Bowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President Chris Prevatt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Anjali Essoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Maria Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insurance Officer

Vision care for kids: A new, members-only benefit Standing together, we are always looking for ways to bring even greater value and improved benefits to support OCEA members at work and throughout your lives.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Alan Dean Clow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legislative Anjali Essoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Budget/Finance

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sharron Anderson . . . . . . . . County Executive Office

Earlier this year, we conducted a survey to evaluate whether a new program for improved children’s vision care would be a good benefit to members. You spoke and we listened. The OCEA Health & Welfare Trust is proud to offer a new program that saves money for families called KidsCare, which provides an additional vision exam (now two exams instead of one) for each child every calendar year and new frames for each child once every year (instead of one pair of frames every other year). Open enrollment has ended for the 2017 calendar year but if you are new to the County family, move from part-time to full-time status or transfer into an OCEA-represented bargaining unit, you can enroll your kids in KidsCare now! You can read all about KidsCare on Page 4 of the Supplemental Dental and Vision insert in your 2017 Benefits Enrollment Guide or call OCEA at (714) 835-3355 and ask for a benefits specialist. About the Health and Welfare Trust—OCEA’s Health and Welfare Trust is governed by a seven-member board of trustees elected by OCEA members working for the County and the Superior Court. By standing together, OCEA members are able to offer affordable benefits that keep our families healthy and strong.

OCEA calendar Nov. 8

Election Day

Nov. 11

10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Veterans Day Celebration at OC Fair & Events Center

Nov. 14

5:30 p.m.

OCEA Political Action Committee meeting

Nov. 15

3 p.m.

OCEA Board of Directors meeting

Nov. 22

5:30 p.m.

OCEA Legislative Committee meeting

Nov. 24-25

Thanksgiving Holiday observed

Nov. 28

OCEA closed (due to maintenance)

Dec. 12

5:30 p.m.

OCEA Political Action Committee meeting

Dec. 20

3 p.m.

OCEA Board of Directors meeting

Dec. 26

OCEA closed (day after Christmas)

Dec. 27

5:30 p.m.

OCEA Legislative Committee meeting

Jan. 9

5:30 p.m.

OCEA Political Action Committee meeting

Jan. 10

Noon–1 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

County Steward meeting

Jan. 17

3 p.m.

OCEA Board of Directors meeting

Jan. 24

5:30 p.m.

OCEA Legislative Committee meeting

Russell Baldwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheriff-Coroner Dan Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheriff-Coroner Judy Bowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Defender Rick Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superior Court Alan Dean Clow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Defender Liza Cooper-Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Defender Maria Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Care Agency Dea Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probation Anjali Essoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheriff-Coroner Ian Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Works Robert Hendricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superior Court John Leos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probation Paul Nguyen . . . . . . . . . . . . . Social Services Agency Lezlee Neebe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superior Court Chris Prevatt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Care Agency Ryan Ramos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Care Agency Evelyn Reyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probation Pamela Waters . . . . . . . . O.C. Community Resources

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 St., 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 OCEA 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 2016 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: Gus Castellanos Design & Production: Kevin Rush 830 N. Ross Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 835-3355

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OCEA news briefs

Hannah De La Riva with mom Beatriz de La Riva.

Luis Angel Hernandez, Jr. with mom Maria Sigala.

Cailin Grantham with dad Bryan Grantham.

OCEA scholarships help working families pay for college

Scholarships are offered exclusively to the children of OCEA members Each year, OCEA’s Scholarship Committee has a tough job to do—selecting deserving students for a $2,000 scholarship. “There is a lot of competition out there,” says Judy Bowling, the committee chair. “We had 58 applicants, and the difference in grade point averages among the winners was razor thin.”

Maria Sigala, an OCEA Steward in AMEA. “I have seen my mother work hard and fight hard for the working class men and women within her department. She has given me the pathway and the courage to reach for my dreams and the will power to fight for what is right for all working men, women and their families.”

This year, the three winners were exceptional, both in their work ethic, and also their thoughts about how they want to make the world a better place.

Luis attends UC Davis and is majoring in Business Management.

The biggest single criteria the scholarship committee evaluates is the quality of a 750-word essay on how the students would use their education to advance the interests of working men and women. Cailin Grantham wrote about growing up in a union household. “As I enter higher education, I know I want to use my education in political science and eventually law to help working people like my parents. By learning the back story of the labor movement now, while in college, I can later apply it to successfully protecting the working people of America.” Cailin graduated from La Habra High School and began her first semester at Chapman University this fall. Luis Angel Hernandez, Jr.’s essay focused on his mother,

The third recipient is Hannah De La Riva. She currently attends the University of Southern California where she earned a 3.97 GPA last semester. Unions played an important role in her family’s history. “As the daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter of men and women who participated in labor unions, I understand the significant impact unions have in helping to build a stable home environment. Thankfully, my parents are able to provide for their family with the security and advocacy that labor unions provide.” The OCEA Scholarship Program has been helping working families pay for college since 2004. “As the cost of higher education continues to climb, working families need all the help they can get, “says Bowling. “It’s an honor to stand together with these deserving students and help them achieve their goals.”

Celebrating Labor Day Hundreds of working people participated in the 8th annual Orange County Labor Day celebration at the Santa Ana Zoo. The Labor Day Holiday reminds us of the sacrifices that were made by our parents and grandparents who built America’s middle class brick-by-brick. It’s also a chance to for working families to stand together and have fun celebrating what it means to be a union worker. OCEA General Manager Jennifer Muir Beuthin (second from left) in a tug-of-war. Hundreds of union families attended the event. Vote for Russell Baldwin for OCERS Board of Retirement in December!



OCEA news briefs

CLUW Officers (L to R): Dianna Sahhar; OCEA First Vice President Judy Bowling; Carmella Swanson, Vice-President; Kathia Canlas, Corresponding Secretary; Maria Martinez, Recording Secretary; Joline Cruz, President; Racheal Cornejo, Treasurer; Judy Vega, Vice-President

Orange County gets a CLUW COALITION OF LABOR UNION WOMEN FORM COUNTY’S FIRST CHAPTER This year, working women across Orange County joined forces to create a coalition of labor union women to promote their role in the workplace and strengthen their voice on issues impacting women.

CLUW has four basic goals: to promote affirmative action in the workplace; strengthen the role of women in unions; organize women workers; and to increase the involvement of women in the political and legislative process.

The Coalition of Labor Union Women is America’s only national organization for women who are part of the Labor Movement. Founded in 1974, there are 40 chapters in the United States and 16 more in Canada. Orange County’s newly formed chapter swore in officers in September at OCEA headquarters. Two OCEA leaders were sworn into leadership positions: OCEA board member Judy Bowling became a CLUW trustee and OCEA Steward Patty Hernandez is the Vice President. The oath of office was administered by OCEA President Lezlee Neebe.

Cruz and former coworker Gloria Alvarado attended last year’s CLUW convention in Sacramento and were inspired by the labor leaders they met there. “I met so many powerful women in the labor movement and we need women to step forward because they know what women are up against in the workplace,” said Cruz. “We decided that the Labor Movement in Orange County needs CLUW.”

“It was meaningful to be sworn in by a woman who leads such a powerful union said, Joline Cruz, Executive Assistant at the Orange County Labor Federation, and CLUW’s very first OC president. “The general manager is Jennifer Muir Beuthin so that shows that things are changing.”

And there is also a sense, says Cruz, that women need a stronger voice in their own unions and being a part of a national organization includes access to resources, experience and training that help women succeed. Congratulations CLUW officers!

If you would like to get involved, contact Joline Cruz at (714) 270-2392 or To learn more about CLUW, visit or

“Members Only” seminars hit the road One of the benefits of OCEA membership includes free attendance at “Members Only” seminars, where we provide education on a host of different topics to support you and your family. “Wills and Trusts” and instructions for “First Time Homebuyers” are just a few examples. These events are so popular that many of you asked us to take them on the road and visit work locations outside the downtown Civic Center area, where OCEA’s headquarters are located. So we recently conducted a survey to gauge interest in bringing OCEA’s “Members Only” seminars to you—and OCEA members overwhelmingly voted “Yes.” Thanks to those of you who participated in the survey.

Our first “Members Only” event to hit the road was in August at the Manchester Office Building. Entitled “Tackling Financial Stress” the meeting focused on how to get control of spending, save for a college fund and plan for retirement. Your opinion is important, and we thank you for taking the opportunity to make your voice heard. We will continue scheduling “Members Only” events in work locations throughout the County. If you would like us to bring an event to your workplace, please contact An added bonus—we bring free lunch!

What’s going on in your workplace? Contact OCEA Organizing Director Tim Steed at if you would like to submit a workplace story idea for OCEA Employee magazine. 6


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OCEA Board member Russell Baldwin (center) is endorsed by current OCERS Retirement Board member Chris Prevatt and former OCERS Retirement Board member and OCEA Past President Frank Eley (retired) for the vacant seat on the Retirement Board.

ELECT A CANDIDATE WHO: • Is a proven leader • Is dependable • Is responsible • Is committed to advocating for employee interests We need Russell to advocate for employee rights on the Retirement Board.

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VETERANS DAY: MUSEUM HONORING VETS TO OPEN DURING ANNUAL CELEBRATION WORKING PEOPLE STANDING TOGETHER HELPED BUILD AND SUPPORT THE NEW HEROES HALL AT THE OC FAIRGROUNDS. Celebrate the opening of Orange County’s first museum dedicated to military veterans on Veteran’s Day—Nov. 11, 2016—at the OC Fair & Event Center from 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. With so many veterans serving among our union’s ranks and throughout the workforce in California, labor unions stood together to ensure this museum would be built to honor the sacrifices of our veterans. Not only does the project receive significant support from unions, including OCEA, but it is 100 percent built by union workers. The Heroes Hall Veterans Museum will celebrate the legacy of our Orange County veterans with educational programs, exhibits and performances offered year-round. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. November 11th during a full day of celebration brought to you by labor union members across California and prominent Orange

The grounds of the Heroes Hall museum features bronze plaques commemorating the exploits of Orange County veterans.

County sponsors. It’s an opportunity to say thank you to the men and women who keep us safe. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features live music, free hot dogs, a veteran’s resource fair and military vehicle displays. The location of Heroes Hall and the two-story building that will hold the exhibits are both steeped in Orange County military history. The fairgrounds were once part of the World War II era Santa Ana Army Base. After the war, the land was set aside for the fairgrounds and eventually annexed to the newly incorporated City of Costa Mesa. The one remaining structure was a barracks where our service men and women lived while training for war. By 2013, the building was scheduled for demolition to make room for improvements to the Pacific Amphitheater.

The concrete Medal of Honor replica is 50-feet wide and each point in the star weight 6,000 lbs. Nick Berardino placed his Vietnam Service lapel pin under the center of the Medal of Honor replica where it will stay forever.

Retired OCEA General Manager and Marine Corp combat veteran Nick Berardino saw an opportunity. Now serving on the board of directors for the OC Fair & Event Center, Berardino envisioned a place where school children and the public at-large could learn about the service and sacrifice of Orange County veterans. The two-story museum building features a courtyard with a 50-foot wide concrete Medal of Honor replica centerpiece. Each point in the star weighs three tons. The centerpiece is ringed with bronze plaques describing the exploits and heroism of Orange County veterans like Second Lieutenant Sidney Goldstein who led 24 men in an assault on an enemy position. Under heavy fire, Goldstein and his men took the objective and captured 67 German soldiers. The WW II veteran retired with the rank of Major and has a park named after him in the City of Westminster.

enables veterans to connect with their families, fellow veterans, and members of the public in a way that fosters understanding about what returning soldiers face. Heroes Hall is the perfect venue for these performances. Museum visitors will begin seeing actual exhibits in late January, 2017. As construction crews put one of the 6,000-pound slabs into place, Berardino embedded his own Vietnam Service pin under the medal’s center where it will stay forever. “We have the responsibility to teach young people that freedom isn’t free,” said Berardino, who served with the 3rd Battalion/1st Marines in 1967 and 1968. “This is for all the vets, particularly my brothers who were left behind, to ensure that what they’ve done won’t be forgotten and that what they sacrificed wasn’t done in vain.”

The stories of war and sacrifice to “preserve the democratic principles of our great nation will be told through the hearts, eyes and souls of veterans,” says Berardino. For example, one concept involves the Chance Theatre Foundation’s six-week theatre workshop for Orange County veterans to help them tell their stories in a performance setting. The experience

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KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE ON CIVIC CENTER PROGRESS OCEA ACTIVISM BRINGS IMPROVED CONDITIONS FOR CITY, COUNTY AND COURT WORKERS OCEA members have been advocating aggressively to improve the conditions too many of us face each day when coming to work at the Civic Center. Standing together, we have raised concerns with the County, Courts and City of Santa Ana, filing official action under our MOU and also speaking out in the media. That work is paying off. The City of Santa Ana has declared a public health and safety crisis and voted to divert significant resources to cleaning up the area. The County of Orange decided to designate the vacant Civic Center bus terminal as temporary transitional housing for the homeless while additional work to find long term solutions continues. “There comes a point in time when we have to take action. There’s a public health crisis affecting the homeless and the

workers,” Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez told Voice of OC. “We do also have a responsibility to protect the employees here in the Civic Center.” An estimated 500 homeless people now live at the Civic Center. Driven by a number of factors, including skyrocketing rents, a mental health care crisis, and a California law that reduces or curtails jail time for non-violent crimes, the population has been steadily growing over the years. So why are the City and County taking action now? The answer is you. OCEA members stood together and stepped up to share their stories about how dangerous working in the Civic Center had become: Harassment by some of the homeless residents, exposure to human waste, used hypodermic needles and open-air drug dealing. We shared those examples with County, Court and City leadership and called for change. The media responded with print, radio and television coverage of the crisis. A recent story in the Orange County Register featured interviews with OCEA members and staff demanding that something be done both for workers and the public doing business in the Civic Center and for the homeless as well. The result? The City of Santa Ana and the County combined will spend an estimated $1.3 million for additional lighting, increased police and code enforcement presence and the relocation of a hypodermic needle exchange program. The County has stepped up security, cleaning, brought bathrooms to the Civic Center and more. These measures are still just a beginning in making the Civic Center a safe place for workers and the public. And they’re just a first step in finding long term solutions to help people in need get off the streets. We will continue advocating for a safe workplace, as well as the implementation of County-run programs that help our growing homeless population get the help they need and a warm place to sleep. In just a few short months, more progress has been made in the Civic Center than in the last 20-years. Standing together, we have made a difference.

Maintenance workers are increasing their pressure washing schedule to lower the risk of a Civic Center public health crisis




Lezlee Neebe, Superior Court

Alan Dean Clow, Public Defender

Judy Bowling, Public Defender

OCEA President

OCEA First Vice President

OCEA Second Vice President

Lezlee, a Court Clerk III at Orange County Superior Court, was hired in 1992. She joined OCEA on her hiring date, becoming a steward in 1994 and a Board member in 1995.

Alan, a Senior Investigator at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a Board member in 2005 and a steward in 2008.

Judy, a Senior Investigator at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, was hired in 1996. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2011 and a Board member in 2012.

She currently serves as OCEA President; a trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust; as Secretary on the OCEA Political Action Committee; and as a Vice President on the Orange County Labor Federation Executive Committee and serves as Recording Secretary thereto. As union President, Lezlee serves as an ad-hoc member on all OCEA committees, including OCEA’s budget & finance, legislative, political action (Executive Board) and scholarship committees. She previously served as OCEA First Vice President.

He currently serves as OCEA First Vice President and chair of the Legislative Committee. Alan has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams and has represented OCEA and OCPD members in meetings with the Board of Supervisors. He was OCPD Investigators President from 2002-04, and worked with the OCPD Attorney’s Association, the California Prosecutors Association and OCEA to add OCPD Investigators to AB 2023, which was signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. He has worked with the United States Army Military Police and the Coronado Police Department.

She currently serves as chair of OCEA’s scholarship committee and is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, legislative, and holiday committees. Judy has also served on the OCEA bargaining team. She was named Orange County Public Defender Investigator of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance and Civic Engagement awards.

She has served on several OCEA bargaining teams.

At her agency, Judy serves on the Public Defender Labor Management Committee.

OCEA Treasurer

Chris Prevatt, Healt OCEA Secretary

Anjali, an Education Services Coordinator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 2000. She joined OCEA in 2001, becoming a steward in 2009 and a Board member in 2012.

Chris, a Program Supe County Health Care A 1997. He joined OCE a steward in 2006 and from 2007 to 2009. H the Board in 2011 and

She currently serves as OCEA Treasurer and chair of OCEA’s budget & finance committee. She is also a member of OCEA’s holiday and bylaw committees, as well as a bargaining team member and Health Fair volunteer. Anjali is a recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance Award, and has twice received each the Outstanding Steward and President’s awards.

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At her agency, she has participated in Sheriff’s Department arbitrations.

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She has served on the OCEA bargaining team.

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Alan was named Orange County Public Defender Investigator of the Year in 2009.

Rick Burns, Superior Court

Liza Cooper-Butler, Public Defender

Dea Evans, Probation Department

Ian R. Foster, OC Public Works

Robert Hendricks, Superior Court

Rick, a Court Clerk III at Orange County Superior Court, joined OCEA in 1999, becoming a steward in 2008 and a Board member in 2013.

Liza Cooper-Butler, a Payroll Administrator/Staff Assistant, began working for the County in 1997. She joined OCEA the following year, served on the Contract Action Team, became a steward in 2015, and a Board member in 2016. She serves on the budget & finance committee and is an OC Labor Federation delegate.

Dea, an Information Processing Technician at the Orange County Probation Department, was hired in 1998. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2012. She is an annual volunteer for the Health Fair.

Ian, a Senior Land Surveyor in the Record of Survey and Corner Record Division at Orange County Public Works, was hired in 1989. He left the County in 1997 and returned in 1999. He joined OCEA in 1989—and again when he returned to the County— becoming a Steward in 2006 and a Board member in 2013.

Robert Hendricks, a User-Support Technician at the Superior Court, began his career with the County in 1998. He joined OCEA in 2000 and has served on three bargaining teams. Robert is currently a Steward at the Courts where he helps lead the General Unit. He joined the OCEA Board in 2016.

He is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, legislative, and retirement committees. He has been a member of the OCEA bargaining team and has participated in many electionrelated activities. At his agency, Ian serves on the OC Public Works Labor Management Committee and is a Six-Sigma Committee Member. He is also a member of the California Land Surveyors Association and an Ice Hockey Coach for the Anaheim Ducks Minor Hockey League.

His community involvement includes membership in the Freemasons and is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in Santa Ana.

Rick began his career in April 1996 as a Court Processing Specialist at the North Justice Center in Fullerton. He received a promotion to Courtroom Clerk in 2000. He then transferred to the Central Justice Center. He is a member of OCEA’s legislative and scholarship committees, and has been a Superior Court bargaining team member.

She has also served as the President of the Parent’s Group at the Orange County Educational Academy and has been active in local theatre. Liza has also been active politically in support of OCEA-endorsed candidates. She has served on the OCEA bargaining team.


Anjali Essoe, Sheriff-Coroner Department


At her agency, she is a member of the Probation Labor Management Committee. Dea is a recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance, New Leader and President’s awards. She joined the Board to dedicate her skills to strengthening OCEA. She has served on the OCEA bargaining team.

Robert currently serves on the legislative committee.

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Maria, a Staff Assistant at Orange County Health Care Agency—Office of Health Policy and Communication, was hired in 2000. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2003 and a Board member in 2008.

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She currently serves as OCEA Insurance Officer and trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust, and was previously OCEA Treasurer. Maria is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance committee, and has been a Health Fair volunteer and member of many OCEA bargaining teams.

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She is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s, Perfect Attendance and Civic Engagement awards.

Sharron Anderson, County Executive Office—Procurement Office

Russell Baldwin, Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sharron, an Office Specialist at the Orange County Executive Office—Procurement, was hired in 1981. She joined OCEA in 1982, becoming a steward in 1983 and a Board member in 2009.

Russell, a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 1990. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward from 1998 to 2007, and again in 2013. He was a Board member from 1997 to 2007, and again in 2013.

She is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, holiday, scholarship, and legislative committees. Sharron has received OCEA’s Perfect Attendance Award numerous times. At her agency, Sharron was previously a member of the CEO Labor Management Committee and the CEO Recognition Committee. She has served on several OCEA bargaining teams.

At her agency, she is a member of the HCA Labor Management Committee.

Dan Beam, Sheriff-Coroner Department Dan, a Sheriff’s Special Officer II at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 1988. He joined OCEA in 1990, becoming a steward in 2002 and a Board member in 2008. He is a member of OCEA’s Legislative Committee. He served as SSO/Deputy Coroner Unit Executive Committee Vice Chair from 1999 to 2012, and has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams, and the OCSD Labor Management and Joint Labor Management committees. Dan was part of a team that worked against layoffs and employee reclassifications in 2010. He was awarded the Medal of Life Saving by the department after saving a passengers life at the airport in 2014.

Russell is a member of OCEA’s legislative and retirement committees. He has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams, and is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s and Perfect Attendance awards. At his agency, Russell was a member of the OCSD Labor Management Committee and organized successful inequity adjustments for forensic scientists. Russell also served as a general elected member of the Orange County Employees Retirement System Board from 2004 to 2012.

He has served on the OCEA bargaining team.

Russell will be running for the OCERS Board General Seat again in December 2016.

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John Leos, Probation Department John, a Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officer II at the Orange County Probation Department, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA in 1997, becoming a steward in 2005 and a Board member from 2008 to 2009, and in 2011 and 2014. He is a member of the OCEA legislative committee and has been a bargaining team member. At his agency, John serves on the Probation Labor Management Committee and off-duty-arming workgroup.

Paul Nguyen, Social Services Agency Paul, a Social Services Supervisor I at Orange County Social Services Agency, was hired in 2006. He joined OCEA the same year and became a steward in 2010 and a Board member in 2011. He is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, holiday, and steward advisory committees. Paul is an OCEA bargaining team member, and recipient of OCEA’s New Leader and Civic Engagement awards. At his agency, he is a member of the SSA Labor Management Committee.

Ryan Ramos, Health Care Agency

Evelyn Reyes, Probation Department

Ryan, a Research Analyst IV with the Orange County Health Care Agency, was hired in 2006. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2010 and a Board member in 2012.

Evelyn, a Supervising Juvenile Correctional Officer at the Orange County Probation Department, joined OCEA in 1990 and became a board member in 2014.

Ryan currently serves as chair of the Health & Welfare Trust and on the OCEA Political Action Committee. He is a member of OCEA’s legislative, budget & finance, scholarship, and retirement committees.

Evelyn began her career as a receptionist in the Santa Ana office and then applied for a Night Counselor position before being assigned to Juvenile Hall in 1991.

He has served on the OCEA bargaining team.

She is a member of the OCEA legislative and scholarship committees, and served on the OCEA bargaining team.

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Pamela Waters, Orange County Public Library Pamela, a Secretary II at Orange County Public Library, was hired in 1987. She joined OCEA in 1988, becoming a steward the same year and a Board member in 1993. She has served as a trustee of the Health & Welfare Trust, since its inception, a member of the OCEA Political Action Committee, and is also a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, legislative, retirement and scholarship committees. She has been a member of the OCEA bargaining team and is a Health Fair volunteer.



2016 OCEA HEALTH FAIR AND FARMERS MARKET People attended this year’s Health Fair getting fresh bags of produce, flu shots, health screenings and exercise tips. The September 13th festival drew more than 2,000 county workers. A holistic health section featuring non-toxic household cleaning product demos, aromatherapy and essential oils samplings drew a lot of interest. The event is sponsored by the OCEA Health and Welfare Trust, which provides supplemental dental, vision, disability and life insurance exclusively to OCEA members. Stone Fire Grill returned, and the OCEA Hot Dog Wagon

grilled up healthy servings of zucchini. Jamba Juice provided the drinks. There was also an opportunity to learn about Heroes Hall—Orange County’s first museum dedicated to telling the stories of our military men and woman. Attendees filling out interest cards will get an invite to the dedication ceremony on November 11, 2016 in Costa Mesa. We were proud to collect close to 500 cards showing the interest county workers have in our veterans. Thank you to everyone who participated. Here are some photos from the event.

Andrew Coover, Ryan Dexter, Kevin Nguyen and Jason Soto from OC Public Works visit the Health Fair.

Maria Cervantes, Sheriff-Coroner, spins the Wheel of Fortune at the Health Fair. 14


A Knott’s Berry Farm ghoul raised the blood pressure of Health Fair attendees. Pictured from left to right: Mr. Ghoul, OCEA member Peggy Laub, Assessor’s Office and event volunteer Ana Ibarra.

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Your 2016 OCEA Board of Directors pulled volunteer duty at the annual Health Fair. (Left to right), Pamela Waters, OC Public Library; Rick Burns, Superior Court; Anjali Essoe, Sheriff-Coroner; Evelyn Reyes, Probation; Chris Prevatt, HCA; Sharron Anderson, County CEO; John Leos, Probation; Dea Evans, Probation; Alan Dean Clow, Public Defender; Maria Carona, HCA; Ian Foster, OC Public Works; Judy Bowling, Public Defender; Robert Hendricks, Superior Court; OCEA President Lezlee Neebe, Superior Court; Dan Beam, Sheriff-Coroner; and Liza CooperButler, Public Defender.

HCA worker Luis Hernandez is getting ready or his flu shot.

OCEA Stewards Rick Zakir, Sheriff-Coroner and Angelo Lugo, HCA enjoy grilled zucchini from the OCEA Hot Dog Wagon.

Chris Prevatt, HCA (left) is on the OCERS Board of Retirement. He is endorsing Russell Baldwin (right), Sheriff-Coroner for a vacant seat on the Board in the upcoming December election.

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SERVICE FROM THE FRONT LINE There is an unbreakable connection between those who built America’s middle class brick by brick and those who defend it. Many times, these people are one in the same. In honor of Veterans Day, we profile two OCEA members who defended freedom abroad and the rights of working families here at home.


Correctional Services Technician, Sheriff’s Department United States Army, 1967-1970

I was going against the grain when I enlisted in the Army. It was the height of the Vietnam War, and there were so many people trying to get out of military service, but I joined up because I felt it was the right thing to do. Being deployed to Vietnam was a very real possibility, and I even received orders to be sent there. But because my brother was already over there, the Army didn’t want us in the same place. So I was sent to Germany where the Cold War was on. We were really busy in my unit. It was kind of ironic that I wound up back in Germany because I was born there. My father was a dissident who the Nazis imprisoned for more than 10 years before being liberated by American troops in 1945. One of the American nurses who helped to take care of him was my mother. We moved to Orange County in 1951, and I grew up Costa Mesa where I picked up my father’s love of aviation. I already knew how to fly when I joined the Army as an 18-year old. I was trained as an aircraft mechanic. It was the best training I ever received.


A lot of the pilots that we worked with had flown combat missions in Vietnam, and you could tell the experience had been tough. Many of them were burned out, but that meant that as a flight mechanic, you could do some of the flying, and that was a lot of fun. Working in Germany at that time was really interesting, and since I spoke German fluently, I would also work as an interpreter. It was real Cold War stuff. For a young kid, it was the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to travel all over Europe. There were some risks. Riding in a big Sikorski in a thunderstorm was a memorable experience. Lots of heavy, heavy rain and ice that wound up denting the nose and peeling the paint right off of it. The pilot wanted to make for a break in the clouds which would have been the wrong thing to do since the turbulence in that part of the storm could have really torn our bird up. Luckily, he listened and we flew around it.

The helicopters were a lot of fun to work on. One of my first birds was a Korean War era Bell helicopter like the ones on the TV show M.A.S.H. We worked on transport helicopters like the Sikorsky H-34 but my favorite was the Cobra, the Army’s main attack helicopter introduced in 1967.

What I loved about the military was the organization. You knew your job, your limitations, the training was phenomenal and the chain of command worked really well. I learned skills that were in demand back home in Orange County. The aerospace business was booming. I went to work for a firm in Costa Mesa called Narmco when I got out of the Army. We made resins and adhesives for the aerospace industry. I worked there for about 27-years and then went to work for Boeing in Huntington Beach. We manufactured wings for the new Dreamliner.

One of the rules we had was that mechanics who serviced the engines would ride in the aircraft on its first flight out of the shop. Knowing you would be onboard provided a little extra incentive to get it right.

The country had changed a lot by the time I left the service. People wouldn’t even look at me when I was wearing my uniform. It was a bad time for everyone but I think we learned a lot from it. Now, veterans are treated much better.


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After a career in aviation, I went to work for the Sheriff’s Department in 2000. I wound up in uniform again as a Correctional Services Technician. Becoming a part of OCEA was the high point of my experience with the County. Being a Steward and standing with your coworkers in a tough


There is so much of my family history that is tied to military service. My grandfather was a Navy Sr. Chief and participated in some of the big WW II battles in the South Pacific. My dad, Wallace Clow, was a Navy Commander serving at sea and in ports-of-call all over the world. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was visit my dad’s ship on Sunday and have breakfast in the Ward Room. All of the sailors were nice to me, and I basically had the run of the place. I was always proud of my dad. During his service in Vietnam, his ship came under heavy fire from shore. He took over and risked getting hit to direct return fire taking out the threat. He got a medal for that one. The Navy had a four-year enlistment term which sounded like a very long time to a 20-year old recruit, so I joined the Army for a three-year hitch. My aptitude test pointed to an interest in law enforcement so I was assigned to Military Police training. I did base security as an MP and then moved up to patrol. I served stateside and overseas including Germany. This was the post-Vietnam era, and the Cold War was still on even though tensions had eased quite a bit. The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charley were still there, and I remember looking across that famous location where communism and the free world stood toe-to-toe.

environment like the jails is rewarding. I retired in September and I am moving out to Arizona with my wife. I have some things going on out there including volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol. If you have wings, you need to fly.

Senior Investigator, Public Defenders Office United States Army, 1975-1978

Sometimes the duty was tough and I am proud of my military service but I think of myself as a certain kind of veteran. I can’t put myself in the same category as someone like Nick Berardino (Marine Corp veteran and former OCEA general manager). Nick was a machine gunner in Vietnam and saw a lot of combat. I am very proud of veterans like Nick and not just because of what they did for our country, but for what they did after their military service. Nick really put OCEA on the map and made it what it is today. When my enlistment came up, I knew I was going to leave the Army. Growing up in a military family is great but it also means that every two years, you will be the new kid on the block, the new kid in school and that was pretty hard sometimes. I have two sons that are all grown up now but when they were little, I wanted them to have a sense of home. The military gave me so much. I went to college on the GI bill and bought my first house with a veterans loan. It also gave me a career path. I joined the Coronado PD in San Diego County and began my civilian law enforcement career. I loved being a cop. I did it for six years before opening my own private investigations office. I still have my license. I joined the Public Defender’s Office as an investigator in 1996 and I have been there ever since. One way or another, I have been in law enforcement my entire career.

Things definitely got interesting when I became a Military Police investigator (MPI). That meant more training in criminology, evidence processing and things like that. My job was to solve crimes and I got a lot of experience doing that when I was stationed in Germany. Drug use, mainly heroin, was a big problem for our soldiers. We had a lot of them OD because the purity of the drug in Europe made it much more potent than heroin available in the United States.

When I was going through the police academy, my dad took a real interest in my training and what I was learning. I was really happy about that but I didn’t know he would take it to the point where he became a reserve police officer himself with the San Diego PD.

It was my job to find out who was supplying the drugs and work with the German cops to make arrests.

Alan Dean Clow is OCEA’s 1st Vice President joining the union in 1996. He resides in Lake Forrest with his wife.

One of the proudest moments of my life was swearing him in and pinning the badge on his chest.

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Get involved: OCEA Board Member Robert Hendricks

Robert Hendricks User-Support Technician Superior Court

Court employee since 1998 OCEA member since 2000 OCEA Board member since 2016

How did you get involved with OCEA?

Why did you run for the OCEA Board?

I started working for the OC Superior Court in 1998. I will be honest; I didn’t really know what OCEA was. I started work and didn’t become a member right away. However, I had a few instances at work that made me realize the value of the union. Nothing negative happened, but it made me realize quick that you need someone standing with you, and that is what OCEA is. All of us standing together.

I had never considered it before, but one afternoon current OCEA Board member Rick Burns and I went to lunch and he brought it up. Rick talked about how being on the OCEA Board of Directors allows us to have a broader impact on so many more issues that impact Court workers. He thought I could bring the same attitude I have in negotiations to the board.

Once I joined and got more involved an OCEA Staff Rep Loretta Van der Pol recruited me to become a Steward. The Court MOU is different; front line Stewards represent employees in the first steps of the grievance procedure. So I had to learn quick how to be an advocate for my co-workers.

What would you say to someone who wants to get more involved?

How is being involved on the Bargaining Team prepared you for Court contract negotiations? I wish all employees had a chance to see what bargaining is like. Court management has no real interest in helping us during negotiations. They reject every single proposal we make and counter with proposals that seek to either eliminate our benefits or our rights. I feel it is important to be an aggressive advocate for the members. 20


When we stand together we have power. When we were rallying out in front of Central during our contract negotiations last year, too many people walked right by who should have been there. Just like the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If we want to be successful in the future, we need to stand together. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. And for us we need to do more than ask, we need to stand up for what we deserve.

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Get involved: OCEA Board Member Liza Cooper-Butler

Liza Cooper-Butler Payroll Administrator/Staff Assistant Public Defender

How did you first get involved with OCEA? Like so many County workers I went to OCEA for help on an issue. I was able to solve the problem with the help of an OCEA representative and I realized how important it is to be part of the solution and how valuable OCEA is. I also come from a family of people who were always active in civic affairs. I walked precincts with my mother during the election season, and my grandparents would volunteer their home as a polling place during elections. When I first came to OCEA I felt like it was home! I felt like I belonged. Why did you run for the OCEA Board of Directors? The timing was perfect. First, my children are older now so I have a bit more time. I was a Steward and decided to apply for the OCEA Bargaining Team for our last contract negotiations. I learned so much during that process. The way the County approaches negotiations with us is just unfair. They come in to negotiations intent on reducing our benefits

County employee since 1997 OCEA member since 1998 OCEA Board member since 2016

and rights. Being with OCEA, I saw the power of standing together. We were able to call them out on their unfairness. When the County came after our Annual Leave, we on the Bargaining Team would read catastrophic leave requests (redacted of course) out loud to the County negotiator so they could be reminded of how important the flexibility of Annual Leave is for our members. What is the best part of being involved with OCEA for you? It is so gratifying to be part of something that is larger than yourself. OCEA fights for everyone. When the County was refusing to bargain with us, OCEA members stood up and got them to the table. When the County didn’t want to give us a fair contract, we all remained steadfast.

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OCEA tickets

Special savings for OCEA members! Check OCEA’s website,, for full details. PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. AMUSEMENT PARKS CASTLE PARK: $12.99/person 36” and above (Reg. $19.99). All-day unlimited rides, unlimited miniature golf and Buccaneer Cove (when in season). No blackouts. Tickets expire Dec. 31. Tickets only available online. KNOTT’S BERRY FARM: $39/adult, $34/ages 3-11 and seniors 62 ($67 & $37). No blackouts. Tickets expire Dec. 31. Tickets also available online. LA ZOO: $16/adult; $12/ages 2-12 (Reg. $20 & $15). No blackouts. LEGOLAND: Single-day admission with 2nd day FREE: $74/adult; $68/ages 3-12 (Reg. $93 & $87). LEGOLAND Resort (LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE Aquarium & Water Park admission with 2nd day FREE): $82/adult; $76/ages 3-12 (Reg. $117 & $111). No blackouts. Tickets expire Dec. 31. Tickets only available online. SAN DIEGO ZOO: $41/adult; $33/ages 3-11 (Reg. $48 & $38). No blackouts. Tickets expire July 3, 2017. Tickets also available online. SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK: $41/adult; $33/ages 3-11 (Reg. $48 & $38). No blackouts. Tickets expire July 3, 2017. Tickets also available online. SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: Two-day admission: $60/ages 3 & up (Reg. $89/adult; $86/ages 3-9). No blackouts. Tickets expire Dec. 31. Fun Cards: $74/ages 3 & up (Reg. $89/ adult; $86/ages 3-9). Blackouts: Dec. 31; Fun Cards expire Dec. 31. Tickets also available online. SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN: $50/ages 3 & up (Reg. $85.99 & $56.99/ under 48”). No blackouts. Tickets expire Sept. 30, 2017. Tickets also available online. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD: Single-day admission: $90-105/adult; $84-99/ages 3-9. Ticket prices depend on the day of the week (Reg. $115); tickets expire on the day of visit; no refunds or exchanges. Front-of-Line and annual passes are also available online. NOTE: Prices and tickets options change frequently and without notice. Please visit for most current ticket information. Tickets only available online.

DINNER ENTERTAINMENT MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT: $42/adult; $32/ages 12 & under (Reg. $57.95 & $35.95). Reservation required. Tickets expire Dec. 30. PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE: $36/adult; $28/ages 3-11 (Reg. $65.15 & $41.15). Reservation required. Tickets expire Nov. 30. TEATRO MARTINI, DINNER COMEDY THEATER (located at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure): Free admission 8 p.m. show Monday-Thursday with the purchase of two cocktails, appetizers or dessert at the venue (Reg. $15/ages 18 & up). Admission vouchers are available at the Special Events Office. Reservation required: (844) 2497865. Age 17 and under not permitted; must present ID at the ticket booth.



MOVIE THEATERS AMC THEATRES (LOEWS & CINEPLEX): Green tickets: $9/person (Reg. $13.50). Tickets are valid for any movie except for those distributed by The Walt Disney Company, including but not limited to Disney, Pixar, Marvel and LucasFilm, Ltd. Titles. Tickets exclude ALL Disney movies. Black tickets: $10.25/person (Reg: $13.50). No movie restrictions. Subject to surcharge for large format, IMAX or 3-D. Valid nationwide. CENTURY CINEMA: $8.50/person (Reg. $14). Unrestricted admissions. Subject to surcharge for large format, IMAX or 3-D. Valid nationwide. KRIKORIAN PREMIERE THEATRES: $7.50/person (Reg. $12.50). Unrestricted admission. Subject to surcharge for large format, IMAX or 3-D. Valid nationwide. REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP: $8.50/person (Reg. $14.50). Unrestricted admission. Subject to surcharge for large format, IMAX or 3-D. Valid nationwide.

ONE-TIME EVENTS DISNEY ON ICE: Tickets sold on pre-paid basis! 11 a.m. Sat. 12/23, $27/ages 2 and up (Reg. $34). Seating section: Level 200. Offer expires Nov. 23. HUNTINGTON BEACH CENTRAL PARK LIBRARY THEATER: $20/ages 3 & up (Reg. $25) for the following 2 p.m. shows: Nov. 16: Cash Only, A Tribute to Johnny Cash; Dec. 15: “M” Music, Magic & Merriment, a Holiday themed variety show; Jan. 18: A Salute to Swing. To purchase tickets please call Joy at (714) 475-9678. OCEA promo code: OCEA. Tickets available by phone only. SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Tickets start at $28/person. OCEA promo code: 28535. Le Corsaire Mikhailovsky Ballet: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, offer expires Oct. 21; Mamma Mia, Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25; 1 p.m. Nov. 27, offer; Offer expires Oct. 28; The Nutcracker American Ballet Theater: 7 p.m. Dec. 9; 7 p.m. Dec. 15, offer expires Oct. 14; Elf The Broadway Musical Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, offer expires Nov. 18; Rent Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6; 2 p.m. Jan. 7, offer expires Dec. 2; Matilda the Musical Broadway: 2 p.m. Jan. 21; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, offer expires Dec. 16; Decadance 2017 Basheva Dance Company: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, offer expires Jan. 6; Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Broadway: 7:30 p.m. March 3; 7:30 p.m. March 4; 1 p.m. March 5, offer expires Jan. 27; 25th Anniversary Engagement, American Ballet Theater: 6:30 p.m. March 19, offer expires Feb. 10; Finding Neverland Broadway: 7:30 p.m. March 24; 7:30 p.m. March 28; 6:30 p.m. April 2, offer expires Feb. 17; An American in Paris Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Apr. 28; 7:30 p.m. May 2; 2 p.m. May 6, offer expires March 24; The Bodyguard Broadway: 2 p.m. June 3; 7:30 p.m. June 9; 6:30 p.m. June 11, offer expires Apr. 21; Red Giselle Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg: 7:30 p.m. June 17, offer expires May 12; Cindrella Teatro Alla Scala Ballet Company: 7:30 p.m. July 29, offer expires June 30; Fun Home, Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6, offer expires July 7; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15; 2 p.m. Sept. 16; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, offer expires Aug. 11. Offers only available online.

OUT OF AREA ORLANDO EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT: Save up to 35% on Your Orlando Vacation! Orlando Employee Discounts offers Exclusive Pricing on Hotels & Vacation Homes in or nearby Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando as well as Discounts on Tickets for All Orlando Area Theme Parks and Attractions. Look for more information on TICKETS AT WORK: Take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers on entertainment and travel nationwide! Offers only available online include 25% off regular car rental rates; hotels; Las Vegas shows and attractions; New York and Broadway specials; South Florida attractions; ski resorts tickets; Six Flags theme parks; and more. Check for more information on

SO CAL ATTRACTIONS AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC: $19/adult; $13/child ages 3-11 (Reg. $28.95 & $14.95). Blackouts: Dec. 25. Tickets expire Nov. 30. Tickets also available online. BATTLESHIP USS IOWA: $13.50/adult; $7.50/ages 6-11; $10.50/ senior 62 and up (Reg. $19.95, $11.95 & $16.95). Max. 20 tickets per transaction. Tickets expire one year from the day of purchase. USS Iowa is located at the Pacific Battleship Center at 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731; for more information, visit website www. Tickets only available online. BOOMERS! (FAMILY FUN CENTERS): $17/ages 3 & up (Reg. $39.95). 4-hour unlimited attractions and miniature golf passes, excluding arcade games, batting cages and food. No blackouts. Tickets expire on the day of visit. Tickets also available online. CATALINA FLYER: $54/adult; $40/ages 3-12 (Reg. $68 & $51). Reservation required. Tickets expire Dec. 31. CATALINA EXPRESS: $60/adult; $51/child ages 3-12 (Reg. $74.50 & $59). Reservation required. Blackout dates: May 28-30; July 2-4; Sept. 3-5. Tickets expire Dec. 31. MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM, HOLLYWOOD: $20.99-$26.99/person depending on the date and time of entry (Reg. $29.95). For more price information please refer to OCEA website www.oceamember. org; blackouts: Oscar Day; tickets expire on the selected date and time of entry. Tickets only available online. SUNSET CRUISES: $13/adult; $10/ages 2-12 (Reg. 25). Unlimited Drink Package: $13/person (Reg. $25). Offer based on availability. Reservations by phone (949) 675-0551 or online www.cruisenewportbeach. com. Tickets are not available at the OCEA Special Events office. Promo code: OCEA. Offer expires Dec. 31. NEWPORT LANDING WHALE WATCHING: $15/adult; $10/junior ages 3-12 (Reg. $30 & $25). Tickets are not available at the OCEA Special Events office. Visit for more information.

SPORTS ANAHEIM DUCKS: Save up to 20% per ticket! Vancouver Sun, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. (Home Opener); Columbus Fri, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. (Ryan Getzlaf bobblead); Pittsburgh Wed, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Magnet Schedule Giveaway); Edmonton Tue, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.; New Jersey Thu, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.; Montreal Tue, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. (John Gibson bobblead). Please note: there is a $1.25 processing fee per ticket added at the end of transaction. K1 SPEED: $15/person (Reg. $25.95). Price includes one standard 14-lap race and 1-year K1 Speedway license for new drivers. Junior drivers must be at least 48”; adult drivers must be at least 4’10” to drive. No blackouts. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS: Save up to 12% per ticket, plus no sales taxes and no online processing fees! Brooklyn Nets Mon, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Memphis Grizzlies Wed, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Chicago Bulls Sat, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Toronto Raptors Mon, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Indiana Pacers Sun, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.; Golden State Warriors Wed, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (no discount); New Orleans Pelicans Sat, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Portland Trail Blazers Mon, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Denver Nuggets Tue, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; San Antonio Spurs Thu, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Dallas Mavericks Fri, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Denver Nuggets Mon, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Phoenix Suns Mon, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Memphis Grizzlies Wed, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Miami Heat Sun, Jan. 8 at 12:30 p.m.; Orlando Magic Wed, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Los Angeles Lakers Sat, Jan. 14 at 12:30 p.m. (no discount); Oklahoma City Thunder Mon, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Minnesota Timberwolves Thu, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Golden State Warriors Thu, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (no discount); Atlanta Hawks Wed, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; San Antonio Spurs Fri, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Charlotte Hornets Sun, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.; Houston Rockets Wed, Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Boston Celtics Mon, Mar. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Philadelphia 76ers Sat, Mar. 11 at 12:30 p.m.; Milwaukee Bucks Wed, Mar. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Cleveland Cavaliers Sat, Mar. 18 at 5:30 p.m.; New York Knicks Mon, Mar. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Utah Jazz Sat, Mar. 25 at 12:30 p.m.; Sacramento Kings Sun, Mar. 26 at 12:30 p.m.; Washington Wizards Wed, Mar. 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Los Angeles Lakers Sat, Apr. 1 at 12:30 p.m. (no discount); Dallas Mavericks Wed, Apr. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Houston Rockets Mon, Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sacramento Kings Wed, Apr. 12 at 7:30 p.m.. NEWPORT LANDING SPORTFISHING: ½-day trip: $ 1/2-day trip: $26.50/adult; $21/ages 2-12 (Reg. $41.50-$34); ¾-day trip: $45/adult; $40/ages 2-12 (Reg. $71$61). Offer based on availability. Rod and tackle packs available at the additional charge. Reservations by phone (949) 6750551 or online www.NewportLanding. com. Tickets are not available at the OCEA Special Events office. Promo code: OCEA. Offer expires Dec. 31.

WINTER FUN MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN RESORT 2 of 4-day lift tickets: $160/ages 23-64 (Reg. up to $200). Blackouts: Dec. 17-Jan. 3; Feb. 17-20. Tickets expire at the end of ski season. SNOW VALLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT Anytime: $44/adult; $33/ages 13-21; Midweek: $27/ages 13 & up. Tickets expire at the end of ski season. SNOW SUMMIT BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT: $59/adult; $49/ages 13-21 (Reg. up to $80/person depending on the day of use). No blackouts. Tickets expire at the end of ski season.

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Special savings for OCEA members! Check OCEA’s website,, for full details. AUTOMOTIVE & CAR RENTALS A-Z Tech Automotive: 20% off mechanical repairs. We are located at 23672 Via Fabricante, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. For details call (949) 472-8111, Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Avis: Up to 25% savings on selected cars through corporate program. OCEA corporate code T815000. (800) 331-1212. Budget: Up to 25% savings on selected cars through corporate program. OCEA corporate code X627900. (800) 455-2848 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. EZ Auto Test Only: Smog all vehicles including motor homes, change of title, out of state, and gross polluters! We are located at 2208 N. Main Street #B, Santa Ana, CA 92706 (at the corner of Main and Buffalo Street; near School First Credit Union). For details please call (714) 542-9400. Hertz: 5% off daily and weekly rentals! Join Hertz #1 Gold Club online and save more! Corporate code: 1335448. Call (800) 654-8216. The Red Book: New cars at fleet prices! For details, go to or call (800) 422-4561.

BANKING Orange County’s Credit Union: Receive a $100 bonus with a new checking account. Present this offer at the Ross Branch of Orange County’s Credit Union by December 31, 2016 to receive the offer. Normal approval standards apply. Offer is available to “new” Members only. Must open a personal checking account, enroll in e-Statements, sign up and qualify for a Debit MasterCard, and either set up and receive Direct Deposit or make 5 Debit Card purchases within 60 days. Bonus typically paid within 90 days. Bonus represents dividends deposited into your account and may be reported to the IRS. Any taxes are your responsibility. The new checking account must remain open for 90 days or bonus may be reversed. Min. opening deposit is $25 for all accounts except Better Than Free which has no minimum. Membership fee is $5. Federally insured by NCUA. Promo code OCEA100 (888) 354-6228

EDUCATION University of Phoenix delivers rigorous coursework in a flexible format to allow students to balance work and home life while earning their degrees. OCEA members are eligible to receive a 10% savings on the cost of tuition among other benefits such as access to innovative technologies including electronic textbooks and course materials, online library and more. For more details visit

CANDIES, FLOWERS & MORE Cherry Moon Farms: 20% discount on hundreds of orchardfresh gifts that make every occasion special. For more information call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. 15% discount on all gifts and products for local, same day and international deliveries. To place your order contacts Preferred Rate Coordinator, Ujwal Patel, (224) 999-0089. Personal Creations: 20% discount on a variety of personalized gifts, perfect for any occasion. For more information call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. 20% 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.

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 Street, Santa Ana, CA

Red Envelope: 20% discount on a unique and wide-ranging collection of thoughtful gifts for every occasion. To order by phone, call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. Shari’s Berries: 20% discount on high-quality handdipped berries, luxurious cheesecakes and gourmet baked goods. Call (800) 210-2279. Corporate code: OCEA. See’s Candy: Gift certificates for 1 lb. at any See’s Candy store! OCEA members price is $15.50 (Reg. $19.50). Certificates are available at the OCEA Special Events office by cash or ATM/debit card.

HOLISTIC Essential Oils: Free 15-minute holistic consultation or 10% off Raindrop treatment. Restore your energy with the highest quality natural plant oils. Improve mood, sleep, skin issues, mental focus, immunity and shed discomfort naturally. To schedule your appointment call (310) 9202177 or email; Feng Shui your office or home: Free 15 minute phone consultation and 25% off your appointment! Enhance or transform the energy of your environment with the ancient art of Feng Shui Space Clearing. Lift energy and health and increase prosperity, balance, ease and flow in your areas. To schedule your free phone consultation and your onsite appointment call or text Master Dawn Lane at (714) 476-2245. Integrative Nutrition: Free discovery consultation, 20% off Health Needs & Goal Assessment, free e-book “The Working Woman’s Secrets to Healthy Eating.” Discover your blueprint for food, weight issues, cravings and more! To schedule your online, phone, or in person appointment call (949) 735-9173 or email Intuitive Healing Therapy (Massage or Energetized Crystals): 25% off your first session, plus additional 15 minutes added to your 60 or 90 minute follow up massages FREE! Call (714) 658-7127 or email for more information. Located inside EvolMotion in Irvine at 17915 Skypark Circle Ste. D Irvine, CA 92614. Mindfulness Yoga Therapy: Receive 20% off a one-on-one session, or 30% off a group session. Free your mind and body, and prevent mental, emotional, and intellectual energy loss, negative situations, & unhealthy interactions. Develop skills to listen to your body and use it as a messenger to heal yourself mentally and physically. To schedule an appointment call Amy at (949) 282-8822 or email Tobin Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine: Attend either “Healthy Body Shape” or “Truth About Cancer” free class and receive a consultation and mini evaluation FREE ($225 Value). Information on stress, hormones, auto immune, cancer, and body shape. Call Diane or Dr. Mary Tobin at (714) 256-2287 to schedule. 710 N. Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 92821.

OUTDOORS Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: OCEA members save 15% on regular adult and child Tram admissions and 10% at gift stores and restaurants. Restrictions apply. The Alpine Club cards are available at the OCEA Special Events office free of charge. Card valid through Dec. 2020.

PARTY RENTALS OC Fun Party Rentals: Looking for a jumper rental company that offers safe, clean, affordable and great-looking jumpers? OCEA members receive $10 off per hour of entertainment, per rental item booked! This offer excludes additional concessions servings and all helium tank rentals. For more information call (714) 914-7159, email ocfunpartyrentals@ or visit their website

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. OCEA makes no guarantees on mailed orders. Shipping and




(714) 558-1034 PHOTOGRAPHY & ART Artistic Bridals & Portraits Studio: 15% off wedding photography and event plans from their already low prices. OCEA member-only plan is also available plan is also available. Visit to view samples of work. Call Mike Nemeth at (949) 496-4559 today! Sketches and Clay Molding: Local artist draws realistic sketches from photos creates statues and figures out of clay. References and work samples are available upon request. View my portfolio at Christine, (714) 653-5172; S8ved Photography: For your next Kodak-moment call George Reyes at (714) 609-0039 or email him Save 20% on any order. Visit

SERVICES ADT Security Services: Residential and Business Security that include Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide, Online Access, Video, and Home Automation Features. 24 Month monitoring agree required, Additional charges may apply in areas that require guard response service for municipal alarm verification. Prices subject to change. Some insurance companies offer discounts on homeowner’s insurance. Please consult your insurance company. Offer subject to change. CA ACO7155. Please contact Jeff Spatz at (714) 907-2995 or by email

WELLNESS Between the Ropes Boxing: Discover personal fitness through boxing, calisthenics and nutritional guidance. Let Orange County boxing legend Raul Franco help whip you into shape! OCEA members receive a discount: Individual sessions are $35 per hour and group classes are $20 per person! Additional charges may apply. Contact Raul at (714) 333-7405 or for details.

handling charges cover costs of certifying and insuring mailed tickets. For further information, contact Joanna Nachurski at (714) 835-3355 or at Ticket hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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CKO Kickboxing: Free trial class or 25% off yearly membership for OCEA members! Gym is located at 2201 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 120, Santa Ana, Ca 92705. For details call Alissa Abbey at (949) 467-4979.

WIRELESS Please note: Wireless discounts are applicable to all Orange County and City employees. Proof of employment is required. AT&T: County of Orange Employees receive up to 15% discount off their monthly service fee for rate plans with minutes or data usage included. Existing and new users qualify for the discount! For more information please contact Jeannie Acosta, (310) 990-1262 or ja0590@ Sprint: Save 18% off select regularly priced monthly service plans. Plus, activation fee waived for new activations (up to $36 value; requires a new twoyear agreement). This discount is available to all employees working at the state or local level within the State of California. Mention this code to claim 18% discount: GLSCA_COO_ZZZ; To order by phone: (866) 639-8354; To order online: californialocalgovernment; To add 18% discount for existing Sprint customers: and click on the “Existing Customers” tab or call (866) 6398354. T-Mobile: 15% discount on qualifying monthly recurring phone charges. Promotion code: 13302TMOFAV. Discount Contact: Betty Chacon at (714) 850-6633 or Verizon: Save 15% on select monthly plans. Apply online using Government Employee Program E-Code EMD70. Discount Contact: Brian Sulton; (888) 457-6294 or

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