Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Battles For Hayward

SUNDAY COLUMN | On Saturday, Rep. Eric Swalwell opened an office in downtown Hayward. The bit of real estate is important to note. His battle for re-election next year runs right through the Heart of the Bay. But state Sen. Ellen Corbett is also hoping to throw a "loop" in Swalwell's plans.

During the last few weeks, it has become clear that Swalwell views Hayward's voting bloc and women voters, in general, as the key to his re-election. You might say it is also his Achilles' Heel. Corbett is well-known in Hayward and, of course, she is a woman. Not only that, but also one of the most accomplished politicians in the entire East Bay.

Swalwell had one hit in a 22-0
rout of the GOP last week.
This is why, in the last two weeks, Swalwell has donned a Tennyson High School baseball jersey for the annual Congressional baseball game in Washington (nevermind a white boy from Dublin like Swalwell would not last a second at Tennyson) and routinely tweets his doings in the area. Conversely, Corbett has been seen doing the reverse--showing up in the Tri Valley early and often in recent months. Swalwell;s problem is he lost Hayward last year to Pete Stark in a convincing manner and his good showing in nearby Castro Valley may not be replicated with Corbett's high-name recognition in that town.

However, it is Hayward that is destined to either make or break Swalwell. Can he be liberal enough for Hayward, and Fremont, for that matter, while still catering to Tri Valley moderates? What if Tea Party darling and newly-minted Republican Chris Pareja joins the race and gobbles up rightwingers Swalwell cheerily courted last year? And how will he attract Hayward's large Latino population? By courting the support of Councilmembers Francisco Zermeno and Mark Salinas and having your events at a Hayward restaurant named "The Mexican Restaurant? Good luck with that. In that case, he would be better off driving around the Hayward Loop in a rented convertible Impala wearing a huge foam sombrero

While Swalwell vs. Corbett is an ideological battle, the literal war surrounds saving the city's school children from decades of graft and corruption among the Hayward Unified School District and some in the business community. As we saw this week, both those groups showed no shame and suggested the enormous left hook it sustained last year with the deposing of former school president Jesus Armas has forced these shadowy characters to, in effect, go bigger than ever before.

This week, school board members Lisa Brunner and John Taylor used same dangerous cover for these group by urging everyone to again look away from the mess certain to reappear at HUSD and, instead, think about the children.  If you understand Hayward, you will understand how outrageously faulty such logic is when it has been the children, a large percentage of which are minorities have paid the costs with their futures and taxpayers have been duped by exorbitant tax increases.

But that's why Stan "Data" Dobbs is back as interim school superintendent. He is a respected pillar of the community, his supporters say, and his financial acumen will greatly aid the district's bottom line. In fact, HUSD again finds itself in the same pickle of mismanagement it faced two years ago when whispers of the state taken over were loudest. Sounds great, except for a report by staff said HUSD is again unable to pay its financial obligations. Did staff simply undo the work Dobbs' reportedly did in just six-month after his brief sojourn to San Diego? The answer is no. Also, anybody else notice the absence of any rhetoric involving hiring an administrator that can change the educational philosophy at HUSD? Hayward is the most underperforming school district in Alameda County because kids in Hayward are not learning. That doesn't take money per se, it takes innovative new ideas for helping them understand the curriculum.

However, there is good news. the four-year battle in San Leandro to save its hospital is weeks away from an armistice. The good people of San Leandro have won. Our work is done. The mission statement of the East Bay Citizen calls for underserved areas to again have important news stories at a keystroke. In addition, one huge, overarching issue, not necessarily pertaining to our bread and butter coverage of local government, should be given a substantial amount of our collective bandwidth. With nearly 200 original articles posted over four years detailing the fight to save San Leandro Hospital, we can now declare mission accomplished. Now, we turned our sights on saving Hayward's schools and I really don't think they're much of a match for us. 

“We’re lawless.”
-Luis Reynoso, the Hayward school board’s rapier-tongued board member said June 19, and with dramatic exasperation, after he charged his colleagues with violating the Brown Act last week by calling a special meeting to discuss the contract details for its interim superintendent. Doing so, is expressly forbidden in the state sunshine law.

The Week That Was
Cisco Field: future home of the A's?
>>>Opening A Way To San Jose?: The City of San Jose apparently had enough and made good on a threat to sue Major League Baseball in hopes of forcing a determination on the future home of the Oakland Athletics. In general, the move seems to enforce a new perception that MLB would rather have the A's stay in Oakland rather than get into a messy battle with the Giants over rights to the South Bay. Nevertheless, this game probably isn't even near the seventh-inning stretch. And, oh, yeah, there was a major sewage leak in the locker rooms at the Oakland Coliseum making matters a bit more...messy.

>>>’Dro TV: In a week when government transparency took a hit on a statewide level, San Leandro joined the 20th Century and approved a $395,000 remodel of its council chambers to install high-definition video and improved audio. San Leandro is the only city in Alameda County that does not televise its government meetings over the air or online. It currently livestreams audio-only on its Web site. Don’t expect must watch T.V., however, from the San Leandro City Council, other than witness Councilmember Jim Prola’s biweekly 15-20 item rundown of every single meeting he attended in the past two weeks, along with an update from Alameda County Mosquito Abatement Committee of which he proudly serves.

>>>As Hayward Turns: First the Hayward School Board appointed former employee Stan Dobbs interim superintendent. Then just days before offering him a contract, he suddenly drops out citing the blitzkrieg leveled by The Citizen surrounding his resume. A few days later, a potentially illegal special meeting is called regarding his contract and the next day, the man who calls himself “Data” Dobbs is pulling in a contract commensurate with his vastly more experienced predecessor. In the meantime, a bevy of issues fail to pass the smell test, meaning, stay tuned for a summer of wild antics in the Heart of the Bay.

>>>Hospital moves: Alameda Health System, former Alameda County Medical Center, is going big in advance of Obamacare changing forever the business landscape of health care in the county. AHS this week entered into an “affiliation” with the struggling Alameda Hospital. The deal follows a similar move last month for San Leandro Hospital. Both deals would maintain the emergency rooms, involve no changes in staff and provide hope to the county’s safety net hospitals. In addition, the Eden Township Healthcare District approved adding $20 million to the operating costs for AHS to run San Leandro Hospital.

>>>Young is back!: The notorious former assembly candidate and current AC Transit board director who allegedly hit his former girlfriend is the target of a scathing internal report charging him with potentially breaking board bylaws and state law. Young, according to the report, may have used his privileged duties as an AC Transit board member for his own profit and that of the law firm he is employed. His use of insider information for his own benefit is nothing new. Just ask SEIU, who revoked their endorsement last year when he peddle its confidential questionnaires to potential supporters to undermine his opponents who also had the backing of the powerful union.

Tweet of the Week
"The asshats at @SFGate think Wolff selling #Athletics to group that would keep them in #Oakland would be a bad thing"
-@HarryElephante, tweeting June 18 about a San Francisco Chronicle editorial in favor of San Jose's lawsuit against Major League Baseball. Of course, everybody in Oakland already knows the Chronicle hates Oakland.

Best Reads
>>>Cal State East Bay's iconic Warren Hall, is due to be imploded within the next two months, but scientists plan to use the event to study the potentially dangerous Hayward Fault. (NBC News, June 21.)

>>>Having trouble understanding the legal underpinnings of San Jose's lawsuit against Major League Baseball in hopes of freeing the team to move from Oakland to the South Bay? Here's a highly-detailed primer of the case. (Baseball Prospectus, June 20.)

Voice of the People
"I too love this blog. We have the [Voice of] San Diego but yours is more entertaining because your politics are more crooked. Thank you for taking Dobbs back from us."
-Anonymous, commenting June 22 on "Hayward School President Admits They May Have Broken The Brown Act."


Ms. Corbett used to champion educational causes, too bad she never cared enough about the students in Hayward to make a difference. Mr. Swalwell won't either. Too many votes come from the Hayward politicos and their supporters for either of them to question what is happening to children in our schools.

My Puertorican lesbian wife and I will be voting for Eric because he is the real deal and cares about all of us!

Once again ebcitizen reveals its true colors, “nevermind a white boy from Dublin like Swalwell would not last a second at Tennyson” You try and pass yourselves off as some sort of champions of truth, and then your prejudice shines through. You don’t know anything about Tennyson High School, its students and staff, yet you have no problem portraying my school as a place that is dangerous for white people. You are the worst kind of journo. The unknowing kind, who thinks he’s writing the truth. Does EB stand for extra bullshit?
Hugh James Lenahan
Middle aged white guy from Orinda that teaches at Tennyson High School, 8 years and counting

I did not perceive this article as portraying Tennyson High School as being dangerous to white people. I have lived in Hayward all my life and quite frankly, I don't think Rep. Swalwell would be a fit for Tennyson either, and it has nothing to do with his race.

Hugh missed the point of the article. refer to 11:54, he or she got the point.

However, I am interested in what other examples Hugh has considering he said "once again."

Hugh Lenahan is a social studies teacher who doesn't understand politics. My past cnversations with him have proven that. He's just part of this group that blindly follows Eric Swalwell. He'll probably be looking for another job since Tennyson High's future is murky.

Ellen Corbett a champion of schools? Doubt that since she sent her kid to Auumption and ODowd, not exactly trumpeting public schools.
Mayor Cassidy, who tries to pass himself off as a champion of public school education also tried to get his kids into Assumption w/o any luck.

I said she claimed to be a champion for students.

I've noticed that most of the articles on this blog do not have any comments. If it wasn't for Hayward I don't think this blog would get any action.

Comments really depend upon what the article is covering, I have seen comments on some San Leandro articles that have reached well over 60 postings.

Hayward residents definitely post comments with a higher percentage of total views as opposed to other stories. Probably 90% of views overall do not garner comments. I suppose the people of Hayward want to be heard and there's also inspiration there, too. The all time champs for comments are actually 3 San Leandro stories and various Nadia Lockyer articles.

I want to know if Eric or Ellen support the hiring of Stan Dobbs

Ellen will win this race easily if she runs against Swallwell. He's making way to many mistakes. I voted for him last time, but never will again.

Eric will win his re-election hands down. He's made no mistakes at all. My Puerto Rican lesbian wife and I in Hayward will be supporting him next year with great enthusiasm!

I agree with 2:06 and so does my husband.
P.S. We voted for him last time too.
P.P.S. Supporting a chained CPI was a huge mistake by Eric.
P.P.P.S. Ellen has my family's vote because she cares for seniors!

Agree with above statement because most Seniors I know are against the Chained CPI because they are barely making it on their fixed incomes. Don't mess with Social Security except to raise the cap so it's paid on all earned income. This will fix it till the end of this century without raising rates. I'm not a senior yet, but will be soon. I didn't vote for Stark last time, but will vote Ellen Corbett this time. Eric has worn out his welcome. Run Ellen run--please.

Thank you for representing us with pride and enthusiasm, Eric. The east bay had been lacking that for the last 40 years.

Here's to four more years!

Got to love the 8:25 AM post.

"Eric has worn out his welcome"

LOL, the guy has been in office all of 6 months.

Corbett has been getting a paycheck as a elected official for about 23 years.

As though that poster ever considered voting for Swalwell, or ever voted for him in the 2012 race against Stark.

Bye Bye Eric in 2014--Hello Ellen. Swallwell has made more mistakes in his 1st year than Corbett in her many years of public service. Besides the senior vote, Ellen will get a huge majority of the women's vote.

Remember you sayin' the same about him when you were promoting Stark last time around.

Keep livin' in a dream world, 11:55!

This article focused also on the children in the schools in Hayward. Why is it that most of the postings totally ignore them? Perhaps it is indicative of why students in Hayward Schools are doing so poorly...the majority out there don't care about the rights of children to be educated!

Eric won't be a Congressman after 2014 because Ellen Corbett will clean his clock and win by a large margin. It's time for more women in the testosterone laden House. Maybe, just maybe, things will get accomplished if a few more women win election.

I agree with the anti-Swallwell crowd. He never should have said he supports the chained cpi. It will cost him the senior vote for sure.

Clearly the last two posts hail from the "Livin' in a Dream World" faction.

That's o.k. It's a free country, even for dreamers!

My family and friends are voting for Ellen because we are disappointed in Eric's ineptness and mistakes. He's actually starting to make Stark look good and most of us voted against Stark in 2012.

My Puerto Rican lesbian wife and our adult children in Hayward all will be voting for Eric, again, because he is the people's representative.

Si se puede!

Right- he's the people's representative if you are a valley developer!

Eric is NOT the people's representative! By supporting the chained CPI he's condemning too many seniors to a life of poverty in their old age on fixed incomes. Ellen Corbett has supported social security and seniors her whole political career. That's why she will win!

I agree with the above statement although I'm not a senior yet. I know too many seniors that are barely getting by and deserve a full CPI. Raise the cap on Social Security and that will take care of it till the end of this century according to a recent report. I really don't care if the upper 2% have to pay on their full income like all of us. Bad mistake Eric. Can't wait till Ellen whips his ass.

All fine and good to be concerned about the seniors, I am one of them and would like a break or two. But I still want to know what anybody Corbett or Swalwell will do for the children in this county? At the rate they are going they will have to rely upon fast food jobs for their social security contributions. What a shame.

Too many stooge whores who are thinking only about themselves--Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Eric doesn't have time or patience to deal with this tunnel-vision crap. We sent him there to work for EVERYONE, not some self-centered, narrow constituency who thinks only of themselves at the rest of the district's or country's peril. Stop whoring for yourselves for a moment and start giving a damn about the rest of us.

Damn ultra-liberal union whores don't give a rat's ass for anyone other than your larded selves. Ellen is a stooge, career politician. For those reasons alone she is yester-year's news. Some of you old-timers need to learn to bake, for Christ's sake!

I am 75 and how can I bake if I can't afford to fix my stove or better yet buy flower. My social security is not what it used to be. I have been cheated by Swallwell,

You've been cheated in your mind. I doubt that you're 75--the correct spelling is 'flour.' Nice try.

Why is it that you doubt the poster is 75? Is it because people at 75 can't type, spell, or read a blog?

I am 77 and still cant spell the diference between their and there

I'm with the anti-Swalwell crowd--I'd like to see some of you pro-Swalwell people live on my fixed income with rents going up and food escalating. I'd like to see Swalwell try and live on my social security. Talk about only thinking of yourselves! Too many of us seniors are struggling to get by and that's why we will vote for Ellen Corbett. Swalwell can take his chained CPI for social security and stick it where the sun don't shine.

OOPs egg on face at 1:42..lol

People do get old.

I agree with the anti Swallwell crowd too and I'm not quite a Senior yet. The rich people like Swallwell need to pay social security on all their income, and pay much more in taxes. I'm tired of seeing the middle class destroyed by the trickle down theory of Republican politics and the tea baggers in the House that control the Republicans. I'm an independent and I'm voting for Ellen because she seems to care for all the people, not just the rich. The spoiled kid that's impersonating as our congressman has to go!

Agree with the above statement and I'm a senior. Make the rich pay on their full income into Social Security like the rest of us do or did. Shame on Eric! Most seniors will support Ellen in 2014 because of his stupid statement. Ellen has supported seniors during her service to the public. Shows Ellen has more compassion for seniors than the spoiled kid.

I'm 79 and will be voting for Mr. Swalwell. He has been demonized for everything including throwing out the kitchen sink. He is as good if not better than any other representative I have ever voted for and is doing the best job he can.

Learn from age and experience and follow your elder's recommendation.

The support from seniors will go to Ellen by a big margin. I am a senior who belongs to many senior groups and NONE support the chained CPI and are all pissed off at Eric for supporting this destruction of Social Security. Too many seniors are hardly able to survive and need help. Reducing their cost of living increases, when their costs are increasing much more rapidly, will be the straw that breaks the camels back. We don't need to hurt most seniors when all we need to do is lift the cap on Social Security so the very wealthy pay their fair share like everyone else. This lifting the cap is supported by over 90% of seniors and almost 80% of all Americans. That's why most seniors and most people in our District will support Ellen Corbett instead in 2014.

I agree 100% with poster 10:01. I'm also in my 70's and active in this district. Most of my senior friends and many of my non-senior friends say they will not vote for Swalwell again because of his attack on Social Security. We didn't care for Stark, but we do care for Ellen Corbett--because she cares for seniors and understands our struggles. Our money from social security doesn't stretch to the end of the month as it is. Bad mistake Swalwell--feel our pain if possible.

I'm a women in my forties who works with Seniors and I can assure the doubters that a lot of Seniors can't make ends meet as it is. They can not afford a cut in their Social Security cost of living. Their medical plan payment and pharmacy drugs are rising much faster than their Social Security payments. They can't afford a congressman that doesn't understand that. They are all struggling to make payments on their household expenses. They will vote for Ellen Corbett.

I am a senior citizen from Hayward and am 82. I will be voting for Eric Swalwell because he's not a union stooge like Ellen Corbett, who never accomplishes anything. My husband and I belong to AARP, and all of our neighbors and friends will be voting for Eric as well. He slayed Mr. Stark and will do the same to his protege, Ms. Corbett. We don't need 'those people' any more. Change is now, and Eric is that badly needed change.

Keep fighting for the people, Eric!

Anon 11:32 -- Lies! Lies! and more Lies!

Don't you just hate it when when anti-union thugs try and co-op the blog!

I'm 100% sure most seniors like myself will vote against Eric and support Ellen Corbett because of Swallwell's trying to cut Social Security benefits. The only people Eric fights for are the WEALTHY.

Just hate it when Swalwell staffer's try and defend his cuts to senior's cost of living increases from Social Security by trying to change the subject. My wife and I are both seniors and will vote for Ellen Corbett in the next election.

My 74 year old lesbian wife and I will be voting for Eric.

So there!

You are entitled to your opinion, but most of us Seniors will be voting for Ellen, not someone who wants to cut Social Security. Eric is running scared and rightly so. He's looked at the polls too, and understands his district much better than you. His constituents, by large numbers, don't agree with cutting Social Security, even though you might.

Nothing is being cut, just not getting a a gazillionth increase. There's a difference.

All depends on your 'interpretation' of interpretation.'

Try not to exaggerate. The CPI increases have been very moderate and small ever since Reagan was President and the CPI was indexed to more conservative figures. Some seniors would argue that while it may reflect a higher middle class workers CPI because they can stop buying steak and buy hamburger for instance, a senior who's on Social Security is already eating hamburger, rice and beans, or worse. I would like to see workers try and live on the average Social Security salary only, even with the small current CPI increases. Some would say a senior can't even do that because of higher medical costs including drugs. Some are on 6-12 prescriptions and can't afford the co-pays, so are reducing the dosage they are taking because they can't afford to do what the doctor tells them. Cutting this small CPI benefit even further like Eric wants to do, will literally cost some seniors their lives.
I suggest you and Eric know nothing about our pain and suffering. That's why most of us will be voting for Ellen. We do want to live out our last few years with some dignity.

Try going vegan...and gain some dignity.

Stop tearing down a good man who's doing an excellent job.

If Corbett runs, which is certainly her right, she will lose. Then we don't want to hear any whining or boo hooing that the woman who was going to sell out the American people at large to give a few of us old timers more than we're entitled to at everyone else's expense was cheated.

Just remember that.

You wouldn't say that if you watched some seniors buying cat and dog food when they don't have pets, because their Social Security dollars don't stretch far enough. Seniors who have worked hard all their lives and paid into Social Security are entitled to an honest CPI index. What are you talking about more than we are entitled to? You are certainly not a Senior, and if you are , you are a wealthy one. Most of us are poor. Why don't you just take us and kill us quickly. The fact that Social Security can be saved by just raising the cap and forcing the extremely wealthy to pay their fair share, seems to escape you and Eric. You are both heartless and that's why you will lose in 2014 to Ellen.

Continue to live in a dream world.

By the way, vegan is a lot cheaper than cat or dog food and healthier. Kind of went out in the 1970s.

Better research your consumer price index a little better next go around. Be sure to educate Corbett, too.

For the Senior pretender and LIAR: This is why real seniors support Ellen.

AARP estimates the Chained CPI alone would cut Social Security benefits for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities by $146 billion over the next 10 years. Let’s set aside the fact that balancing the budget on the backs of vulnerable Americans is just plain wrong. Benefit cuts that large would harm our economy—at a time when we can least afford it.

Unlike tax breaks for corporations and the super wealthy, Social Security benefits actually have a positive impact on our economy. Seniors spend their benefits on food, shelter, health care and other necessities that keep our economy going. Social Security benefit cuts are yet another example of austerity that hurts our economy.

Anon 8:37--you're getting destroyed on this blog by someone who actually does some research. That person knows more about the chained CPI than you or Swalwell. If Eric supports the chained CPI and votes for it, he will get destroyed by Ellen Corbett. I can see the campaign flyers now. You continue to live in your own dream world--LMAO

Agree with the above blogger and I'm not a senior.

Ah, it's you again--Laughing AT your fat ass.

We've missed you, like the Plague. You're the same fat ass who took shots at CONGRESSMAN Swalwell while old man Stark was going down to defeat.

Want to talk about getting destroyed? Keep chanting in front of the mirror 'Congresswoman Corbett,' because you and your reflection are the only ones who will ever here it.

But hey, you can keep on dreamin'! Even you have that right.


11:32 --how does that contribute anything to this thread? Try and answer 10:10's research if you can without calling people names. You are not helping Swalwell who you claim to support. You are losing the argument because you have no facts or research to back your case, only emotion, which at times seems irrational. I too agree with 10:23 that Swalwell's support of the Chained CPI, which will reduce Social Security benefits, will hurt his chances against Ellen. I voted for Eric against Stark, but I also voted for Ellen Corbett for State Senator awhile back. After reading this thread I will vote for Ellen because I think there are other ways to protect Social Security, such as raising the Cap on the wealthy as has been mentioned. The rich can afford to pay more,while most Social Security recipients can not afford cuts.

Nice try. You are one in the same. Really need to change your 'style' little more. This site is read by but a very few other than the Berkeleyesque crowd. The new district ensures that Rep. Swalwell will be re-elected since he has been doing an outstanding job. We voted him in because we didn't want the Pete Stark brand of politics anymore. Also, nice try to lie and write that you voted for Swalwell. You were one of the loyal Stark lieutenants who went door to door in a futile attempt to save his ass. Bottom line, district will be sending our congressman back to DC, whether you like it or not!

Anon 1:54 I really love it when try and pretend you know that if they are going to vote for Ellen in 2014 they must have voted for Stark. That's not true in this case. I did vote for Eric in 2012 and I WILL vote for Ellen in 2014 and it definitely has to do with Social Security. In 2012 Swalwell didn't say he was for cutting Social Security like he says now. I notice you keep trying to change the topic from Social Security cuts. Are you a Swalwell staffer or just a rich person who doesn't want to pay his/her fair share? Stick to your and Swalwell's position and try and justify Social Security cuts to seniors, veterans and the disabled if you and Swalwell can. But you know Swalwell can't and obviously neither can you. Ellen Corbett in 2014--No cuts to Social Security!

Enough about Social Security. We all want seniors to be able to provide for their necessities and for an occasional splurge.


I agree. MORE than enough about Social Security. I support the program, but just as FDR expressed at the time and Truman echoed, was never meant to be a sole source of income. Too many people have tried to make the case for it. Like using a book to prop up a table missing a leg.

Social Security doesn't need to be cut, just fixed by raising the cap, so the rich pay on all their income like everyone else does. I can see why Eric supporters don't want to talk about it because this will cost him the election. He made a huge mistake and Ellen Corbett won't let him forget about it in 2014. He knows this will probably cost him the election, as well it should.

The children and the seniors are to often ignored by by politicians. Ellen has always been supported by children's advocates (including teachers) and senior groups across the board. She's always supported Social Security (unlike Eric) and education. She has a compassion for those less well off like seniors and children and that's why Ellen will win. Eric only seems to care for the valley developers and the rich.

Swalwell made a big mistake in trying to cut Social Security benefits for Seniors, Veterans and the Disabled. He will pay for that on 2014, and Ellen Corbett will reap the benefits.

And folks, the last three comments come to you courtesy of 'We're livin' in a Dream World' coalition--all two folks. [One posted twice!]

Not to worry, the congressman will be there for you, too. One of his favorites is the Monkeys 'Day Dream Believer.' Life imitates art!

Says anonymous 1:42 who has posted at least 20 times on this thread. Eric has not and will not be there for me since he wants to cut Social Security. I'm a senior on Social Security who is barely getting by. Some of my senior friends aren't getting by at all. We want a compassionate congressperson who does not want to cut Social Security. That's why we will be voting for Ellen Corbett. Eric only cares for the rich, and we are not rich.

You're richer than you think!

All those CDs and mutual funds, oh my!

You may have those since you seem wealthy, but my friends and I don't. The only thing we have to fall back on is Social Security which doesn't even last till the end of the month for some of us. This also applies to some veterans and disabled also. That's why we will vote for Ellen and not Eric. You go ahead and vote for whoever you want. It's a free country and my friends and I fought to keep it free. We also worked all our lives and paid into Social Security. The wealthy have to start paying their fair share. We don't need a chained CPI, we just need to raise the Cap, so all income is treated the same.

As I posted earlier, can someone point me to where the Congressman came out is favor of chained CPI? When I google Swalwell and chained CPI, I only see links to this blog where random people assert he is in favor. Just trying to find the source to make my own decision.

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