Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Young Botches Transit News, Exploits Trayvon; Guillen Leads Endorsement Race

April 4, 2012 | One big news story following the nexus of assembly candidate Joel Young and his involvement as a member of the AC Transit board is the $16 million purchase order last week from bus -maker Gillig in Hayward.

The story in The New York Times last week was heralded by Hayward leaders as a bright spot in their city's future development. Curiously, neither the Times story or any Hayward council members mentioned Young for the transit authority's good work. There may be good reason for that, at least the second part.

Young's reputation along with that of AC Transit is quite low in Hayward. A city official who frequently sits on county transportation committees said the city has repeatedly complained to Young and AC Transit over the lack of service in Hayward.

The official told The Citizen last month, he doesn't get along with Young and the assembly candidate doesn't even acknowledge him at meetings. The animosity is so great, the official said, that he does even not attempt to shake Young's hand anymore.

ENDORSEMENT CHAMP Nobody is really sure how much faith voters put into endorsements. If they are a deciding factor in AD18, then Abel Guillen is your winner. However, actual votes decide the matter.

Over the weekend, Guillen added an important endorsement from the Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club. Their backing adds another layer of support from the very critical pool of Oakland voters. It is also becoming increasingly clear that Guillen has become the darling of the city's most ardent and vocal bloc of progressives over the past six months. Their support for Guillen significantly ramped up last November when he led the way for the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees to begin looking into transferring the district's assets away from large corporate banking institutions. The proposal, influenced by Occupy Wall Street, bolstered his cred as a progressive and their support has done nothing but risen ever since.

MUDDLED MESSAGE Last week, supporters received an email encouraging them to attend a rally in Oakland that evening in support of Trayvon Martin. "Bring your hoodies, some Skittles and a soda," Young wrote. Young's campaign team has recently tried to highlight his partial inclusion in some positive recent news stories. Because, well, the others in the past year have proven deadly to his chances of becoming the next assembly member for the 18th District.

While Young clearly says the event was sponsored by the NAACP Oakland Branch Imani Youth Council, some of his critics speculated why the email also included the sentence, "Paid for by Young for Assembly 2012." at the bottom of the email and whether Young's campaign paid for the event, or more likely, is he attempting to make it appears so. The hidden message is likely legal, but it also reveals another attempt by the campaign to muddle Young's true intentions and trustworthiness.


  1. You're right, Guillen does have more local Democratic clubs. But Bonta has the most local labor, including all of public safety in the East Bay, and they both have significant state labor. In the mean time, Young is attempting to embrace the business community. It will certainly be an interesting primary for all involved.

  2. By MW:

    If I remember correctly, Joel Young is a lawyer.

    And most lawyers are so "honest" and "trustworthy" and have so much "integrity," that therefore if you shake a lawyer's hand, you should then immediately afterwards check your hand so as to make sure that no fingers are missing, and including since the typical lawyer if he thought he could get away with it he would embezzle and steal some of your fingers and then sell them to anyone who offered to pay him cash.

  3. Joel Young is telling the world it is okay to be violent as long as you are an educated black man. He has laid his hands on women and men because he gets angry, and now has restraining orders against him. Is this the message to our young men black, brown, yellow, white, etc.. that is okay to be violent. BAD JOEL YOUNG. Joel Young and Rob Bonta are both lawyers and I wouldn't be too proud of police and fire because the police in Oakland and Alameda are not good people. Oakland police don't even bother to come even if you are flagging them down. They could just stop and ask, but they are not interested. They abuse their power and have botched up relations in Oakland with its community. Alameda Fire and Police let a man drown. They watched a man who was struggling for over an hour and eventually tired and drowned. Even if the man had a mental illness what happened to protecting those who need protection.

  4. Both Young and Bonta don't have many actual accomplishments while in office. Just ask their supporters to name 3 concrete examples of what they have done . You'll get silence.