Santa Ana Formally Supports Worker Co-ops

Santa Ana has become the first city in Orange County to adopt a resolution supporting worker cooperatives – businesses owned and operated solely by their workers, who also share profits.

The resolution to support the development and growth of the cooperatives passed on a 5-0 vote at the Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday night, Aug. 1, with David Benavides and Sal Tinajero absent.

Several worker cooperatives already exist in Santa Ana, and provide local goods and services, stable jobs and new economic opportunities for lower-income workers, according to a staff report.

“I always tell people, ‘If you’re not on the table, you’re going to be on the menu,’” Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez said, “So it’s important that we have our residents who are willing to move to upward mobility and look at ways to do worker cooperatives.”

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