Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Nov
2012
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Prop 32 was Labor’s Big Win in CA, but THREE Charter City Measures Were Defeated As Well!

Prop 32 was Labor's Big Win in CA, but THREE Charter City Measures Were Defeated As Well!
In what became the theme of the 2012 elections, $110 million was spent with the end result being that nothing changed. California’s Prop 32, the thinly veiled initiative to disenfranchise unions while simultaneously granting more power to special interests, was defeated by a margin of 56.2% to 43.8%. The proposal would have banned both…
Oct
2012
12

Anti-Prop P Op-Eds Tell the Truth About Escondido’s Attempt to Become a Charter City

Anti-Prop P Op-Eds Tell the Truth About Escondido's Attempt to Become a Charter City
In Escondido, CA, residents will have the chance to vote on whether or not to become a “charter city” via Proposition P in November. A majority of the members of the Escondido city council claim the move is necessary to save money but the electorate isn’t wholly taking their word for it. Escondido resident Chris …
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Oct
2012
9

Funded by Wealthy 1%ers, the Deceptively Named “Small Business Action Committee” Is Misinforming Californians on Prop 32

Funded by Wealthy 1%ers, the Deceptively Named
In California, the fight to pass the deceivingly titled “Stop Special Interest Money” Act, Prop 32, is being funded by groups with similarly deceiving names. Prop 32, which would drastically change how unions are allowed to contribute to political campaigns while simultaneously loosening regulations for big business, has been called by…
Oct
2012
9

Monterey Downs Estimated to Bring Seaside, CA 500 Daily Construction Jobs Over a 10-Year Period

Monterey Downs Estimated to Bring Seaside, CA 500 Daily Construction Jobs Over a 10-Year Period
The proposed Monterey Downs development in the city of Seaside, California would create a world class racetrack and equestrian center as well as 1,500 residences, 2 hotels, and multiple office buildings. More importantly to the workers in the region, estimates show between 1,400 and 1,800 non-equestrian, non-construction jobs would also be coming…
Oct
2012
5

He’s Been Admonished for Recent Vetoes, but CA Gov Brown Has Supported Many of Labor’s 2012 Legislative Items

He's Been Admonished for Recent Vetoes, but CA Gov Brown Has Supported Many of Labor's 2012 Legislative Items
California Governor Jerry Brown recently came under fire from members of the organized labor community for vetoing a domestic workers rights bill that would have provided enhanced protections to roughly 200,000 caregivers and nannies in that industry. He also vetoed a farm workers bill as well as 32 other pieces of legislation moved through the …
Sep
2012
25

In Costa Mesa, Measure V Seeks to Undermine the Prevailing Wage Despite Other Charter City Failures

In Costa Mesa, Measure V Seeks to Undermine the Prevailing Wage Despite Other Charter City Failures
As more and more California cities head down a path toward becoming “charter cities,” more and more officials reveal their true intention: to avoid paying the prevailing wage. Unfortunately, for those cities that become charter cities and allege “emancipation from Sacramento,” woeful inefficiencies and abuse of power become…
Sep
2012
24

California High-Speed Rail Environmental Impact Review Passes Muster

California High-Speed Rail Environmental Impact Review Passes Muster
Last Wednesday, the Federal Railroad Administration approved construction on the $69 billion high-speed rail line that will someday roll through California’s central valley. Two months after receiving approval from the state legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, the project passed its environmental impact review and inched one step closer to…
Sep
2012
20

Proposition P Aims to Gut the Prevailing Wage in Escondido, CA

The ongoing struggle of the Escondido, California City Council to remake itself as a charter city in order to avoid paying prevailing wages on construction projects is now in the hands of the voters. Proposition P will appear on the November. Its supporters claim charterization will save taxpayers money while opponents have said the amount …
Aug
2012
22

TRUTH FAIRY: L.A. Mayor, L.A. Times Attempt to Expose the Horrors of Prop 32

TRUTH FAIRY: L.A. Mayor, L.A. Times Attempt to Expose the Horrors of Prop 32
On the surface, California’s Prop 32 looks like a mild reform intended to combat “special interest” money in politics. Upon further review, it is disturbingly anti-union and wildly ideological as it creates loopholes for political action by corporate raiders while preventing unions from using member dues for the same purposes….
Aug
2012
15

REPORT: Chartering of CA Cities Results in Bankrupcty, Scandal, Imbalanced Budgets

In California, “charter cities” have been put in place to dismantle prevailing wage laws, ban Project Labor Agreements and privatize other community benefits. By gaining a charter for their city, government officials are able to ignore parts of state law at will instead of dealing with an elected mayor with accountability. But a…
Aug
2012
13

World’s Largest Solar Power Generating System, Under PLA, Reaches Halfway Construction Point

World's Largest Solar Power Generating System, Under PLA, Reaches Halfway Construction Point
Construction on the world’s largest solar electric generating system has reached the half way point and has reached its peak construction workforce. More than 2,100 workers are currently building the $2.3 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Ivanpah SEGS) which is on track to be completed in 2013. The 370 (net) megawat solar…
Jul
2012
23

San Diego Building Trades Rep Takes Home Ruby Award for Advocacy

Murtaza Baxamusa, a PhD holder who works with the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council (SDBCTC) and an occasional contributor to We Party Patriots has been named “outstanding advocate” by the San Diego Housing Federation. Family Housing Corporation’s director of planning and development, Baxamusa was honored…