BANG Blackmails Honda | Wife of Oakland Candidate Gets Arrested | Duh-Saulnier | #EricLiesCHAPTER 3 | So, know that we know the Hayward City Council is the most conservative group of public officials outside of your local sanitary board, the Service Employee International Union Local 1021 is vowing to unseat the whole lot of them. But, the union has a big problem when it comes to overthrowing the B Street Bums inside of Hayward City Hall. There are very few liberal candidates already in races for mayor or the city council and fewer ready-made recruits to be had before the June 3 election. Last Tuesday night after the Hayward City Council offered nearly 300 union workers a fat cup of tea by unanimously imposing a one-year contract with a five percent pay cut, representatives for SEIU Local 1021 acknowledged some serious recruiting needs to be quickly accomplished. All three current candidates for mayor are members of the City Council. Councilmembers Barbara Halliday, Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno are, as former San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly said this week, "on his shit list."
SEIU Local 1021's Executive Director Pete Castelli said the entire Hayward City Council, in effect, sealed their destiny Tuesday night. “What they kissed off is this: there will be no central labor council endorsement, no endorsement for the Democratic Party. What they have said is I’m going to do this to these workers and launch into the political waters on my own to win and I think they’re going to find those waters are choppy and very problematic.”
Members of the Hayward City Council: will they still be
smiling after the June 3 city elections?
Conversely, there is room for the union to make a difference in the city council campaign for two open seats. Councilmember Marvin Peixoto, already someone whose re-election was viewed in Hayward as somewhat vulnerable even before this week's vote, could be in trouble. Currently, there are two members of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce running for the council. Likely, neither will satisfy SEIU. However, Hayward Planning Commissioner Rodney Loche has liberal-leanings and may be an attractive candidate for the union to pour its resources toward.
What exactly does SEIU have planned for Halliday, Salinas, Zermeno, Peixoto, and, to some extent, lame-duck Mayor Michael Sweeney? “We will be very involved in the elections," said Castelli. "We will be monitoring every public event, every fundraiser and we’ll be there to let them know we're watching.”
“They pulled the tail of the tiger," he added. As for Sweeney, who will be out of office by July, Daly said, “It doesn’t mean we don’t visit his house and let him know we’re upset by his actions.”
|Striking Hayward city employees last August.|
****BANG BLACKMAILS HONDA? Those who recall the single, most ridiculous editorial in recent memory from the Oakland Tribune a few months back calling for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to not seek re-election, know not to expect much from the Bay Area News Group’s editorial department. That being said, in an editorial this week published in the San Jose Mercury News, the paper's call for Rep. Mike Honda to debate Ro Khanna, sounded an awful lot like blackmail. You don’t have to read much between the lines to understand BANG is demanding Honda get on that stage and debate or they will think about endorsing Khanna in the June primary. In addition, the newspaper reveals it is currently negotiating their own sponsorship of one potential debate. After this stunt, why should Honda’s camp trust the newspaper going forward? Conversely, who cares about newspaper endorsements, anyway? [Read "An Alternative Reason Why Newspaper Endorsements Mean Nothing] Especially one from an outfit so delusional about its place in the Bay Area media landscape that it thinks it can bully a seven-time congressman into a debate that is clearly not in his best interests. They even call Honda a “nice guy.” I guess nice guys finish last.
|State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier|
Seven more votes and Swalwell would
have, indeed, won.