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Well, the unions just lost MY vote for any issue they sponsor! Without transparency, we have the best government money can buy.
If you're interested in who is funding who in Oakland's 2014 Mayoral race, there's a new web app for that: http://opendisclosure.io
SEIU should be the last people to oppose SB 52 because it just makes them look bad to their own rank-and-file members. If you ask members of that union, not the leadership, most will tell you that they really resent having their union dues being diverted into political campaigns instead of being used to provide much-needed services and representation, which is supposed to be what union dues are paid for in the first place.
An example of this disconnect between union leadership and rank-and-file would be in the case of in-home care (a.k.a. IHSS), which provides home care services for disabled and seniors in California. Most homecare workers will openly tell you that they would prefer their union to advocate for higher wages and benefits for home care workers instead of helping some candidate get elected or some ballot proposition gets passed.
Most of them feel that SEIU, the union that represents homecare workers, is greatly letting them down by not doing more to protect their jobs and get them better wages and benefits for the very important jobs that they do in helping California's disabled and seniors have better lives and live independently in the community.
Unions in general have long been considered a force for progress, but they are becoming just another special interest group. They support dumb, wasteful projects like the Central Subway in San Francisco and the high-speed rail project just because they provide jobs for their members, not because they are good way to invest taxpayers' money. And they will also abuse CEQA when they think it serves their interests:
Thank you for bringing this to light.
The two party system is so corrupt it can't be fixed. A third party is desperately needed. One which eschews corporate financing and favors. One that will make our cities and towns livable again and put America back on track not as the worlds bully policeman but a great and compassionate democracy.
So, the Oakland/Berkeley hills aren't in Oakland or Berkeley?
That's what you should've written your story about!
If you zoom in on the map, you'll see that the district dips into the Oakland hills, just past Skyline Blvd, and does so as well in Berkeley, crossing over Grizzly Peak Blvd.
The cities of Oakland and Berkeley are not included in the district. I see Orinda, Moraga and Canyon as the western-most cities/towns on that map.
The cities are just a distraction from the point though.
This is an attack piece veiled as investigative journalism. Covering politics requires nuance and perspective from both sides. Something this "article" sorely lacks.
I'd expect better from you, Robert.
Here's a map of the 16th Assembly District:
As you can see, it does include portions of the Berkeley and Oakland hills.
The author doesn't even know the geography of the district! When did Oakland and the Berkeley Hills become part of AD 16?
Always good to know you are reading complete BS right from the start.
A hit piece that will probably be used by the Sbranti campaign. Nothing more.
The title should really be fall of Democrats, they are aligned with special interests and do not represent the public. Democrat controlled cities are dropping the buck of unfunded public pensions and welfare programs, causing the gloom of bankruptcy that clouds over these expenditures just like the cities of Detroit and Chicago.
Gammon oughta take a look at the corporate Dems who are running for mayor. Hint: they are incumbents.
I see the author is trying to directly link oil and tobacco companies to Glazer, rather than being paid as a consultant by JobsPAC. If you only would have gone 1-2 degrees further - you could say Glazer tax dollars are paying public unions - who are funding Sbranti's war chest. So you see, oil & tobacco are funding Sbranti's campaign!
Of course, I don't see any effort to dig into Sbrantis political donation history before he became the unions darling. If the author did he might have mentioned Sbrantis donations from PG&E and 3 donations from Chevron.
The author might have even mentioned the disgusting push polling tactics supporters of Sbranti are conducting in AD16 - a race & class baiting tactic straight out of the Republican playbook on how to manipulate low information voters in southern states.
Now lets see how well that tactic works in AD16 - with Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore - the voters are not exactly low-information, and might actually care about where their tax dollars go.
Oh, and its only odd that the author did not mention any of this with the assumption the author himself did in fact write this hit piece and not the Sbranti campaign - which in that case its totally understandable!
LIU for Mayor of Oakland 2014, I can defeat all candidates running on less than $1,000 to prove to the commoners that politics is not just a game of whoever can raise the most money.
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