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Friday, September 5, 2014

Odd Signals Coming from a Powerful East Bay Labor Group

The reasons why labor cleared the field for bad boy AC Transit board member Joel Young last month are still uncertain. The Alameda Labor Council appeared set to push Young's endorsement through before members of SEIU Local 1021 intervened to gain an open endorsement. Recall, Young screwed over SEIU during his run two years ago for the Assembly when he distributed the confidential union questionnaires of his fellow Democratic opponents. In addition, Young's colleagues at AC Transit censured him last year for misconduct. However, Young's transgression at AC Transit in fact helped union transit groups in other areas. Two challengers, in fact, were poised to mount spirited campaigns against Young, but both, Igor Tregub and Tyron Jordan, inexplicably lost their enthusiasm at the last minute. For whatever, reason there is those who believe Josie Camacho of the Alameda Labor Council browbeat and threatened one or both into exiting the race. Now, Young has a considerably less difficult path to re-election against a former AC Transit bus driver, Dollene Jones, who ran in 2012, and a newcomer named Adrienne Andrews.

But there is more when it comes to some questionable behavior by the Alameda Labor Council. In the race to replace Abel Guillen at the Peralta Community College District, the council's executive committee forced one of the candidates, Richard Fuentes, who is backed by many officials in Oakland, to answer questions before a camera with the husband of his challenger, Julina Bonilla, in attendance. These endorsement meetings are highly confidential and may have put Fuentes in a difficult position. Some with knowledge of the meeting believe the incident was a set up by Camacho to undermine support for Fuentes in favor of her preferred candidate, Bonilla. Later, video of the endorsement meeting was played for Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who is supporting both candidates, and presumably to discredit Fuentes' candidacy. However, according to sources, Bonta found little concern with Fuentes' answers.
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Hot Prospects: Shereda Nosakhare and
Alejandro Soto-Vigil.
RISING STARS Alameda County Democrats this week are raving about two young candidates making their first runs for higher office. Alejandro Soto-Vigil, who is opposing Berkeley Councilmember Linda Maio in District 1 wowed some last week. One central committee member said Soto-Vigil's recent endorsement interview with one labor group was one of the best they have ever seen. When it comes to workers, the member said, "He spoke from the heart." The other young Democrat turning heads is Shereda Nosakhare, the Oakland District 6 challenger to incumbent Councilmember Desley Brooks. Democrats were also impressed with Nosakhare for her knowledge of city government and an impressive recent fundraising haul. In addition, both candidates boast hands-on experience in local government. Soto-Vigil works in Berkeley Councilmember Kriss Worthington's office and Nosakhare is an aide to Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf. However, both candidates face uphill climbs against two long-time incumbents and onlookers admit, both are extremely raw, but the talent is clearly evident.
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Castro Valley's Marc Crawford
ALL HAIL THE MULLET One of the most colorful candidates this fall that nobody knows about resides in the hometown of Rachel Maddow (and myself), Castro Valley. His name is Marc Crawford and he is running for one of the unincorporated town's two elected offices, the Castro Valley Sanitary District. The mullet-haired Crawford is also a member of the Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley-appointed Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) and is well-known for his overbearing attitude. Over the past year, a small group of residents calling themselves, Castro Valley Matters, started a push to make the MAC an elected body, among other ideas. Crawford is one MAC member who has resisted and become a target of the group's ire. Meanwhile, a person unrelated to the group took to social media to mock Crawford and he therefore lashed out against the entire group. A letter to the local weekly in Castro Valley written by Crawford accused one member of Castro Valley Matters of being an anarchist. Later, Crawford spoke with the principal of Castro Valley High School to smear another from the group. Many describe Crawford has highly mistrustful, so it comes as no surprise he would seek a seat on the town's sanitary district board after he once tussled with the same elected body. A few years ago when he built a snack bar at a local school, but failed to procure the necessary approval to connect a sewer lateral, he fought with sanitary district members. Minutes from the clash describe Crawford berating a member of the district's management during the meeting. Meanwhile, members of Castro Valley Matters were ready to question Crawford at a surprisingly well-attended candidate's forum last Wednesday, but he didn't bother showing up.
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John Russo
HERE AND THERE Last week, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said, if re-elected, she already has a replacement in mind to replace Interim City Administrator Henry Gardner and it is someone in-house...San Leandro's Vice Mayor Benny Lee is getting considerable heat after advocating for the Oakland waste company California Waste Solutions, but Alameda Councilmember Stewart Chen, who is up for re-election this fall, also spoke in favor of the group before the Oakland City Council the same night last July 30...Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore is also up for another four years this November and her "leading from behind" approach to governance is often highlighted by her larger-than-life city manager, John Russo, who often hijacks City Council's meetings. So, it's not surprising, although nonetheless odd, to hear that Russo, and not Gilmore, is scheduled to give a "State of the City" speech to the League of Women Voters next week...Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's idea of dressing up is to wear a sport coat over a t-shirt. He showed up at this week's Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting dressed as an adult legislator, but forgot to comb his hair...Speaking of the central committee, they expect to spend up to 10 hours interviewing candidates at an endorsement meeting Sept. 13 at their headquarters in San Leandro...One last thing. If you are still unsure about ranked-choice voting, a Hayward resident has created this website to help you out.

57 comments:

  1. Dirty, stinking, corrupt and contemptuous union whores!

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  2. I chanced across this post and felt compelled to respond regarding Josie and the alleged role she played in the AC Transit race.

    Having heard this rumor repeated by someone else, I am now aware of its existence. However, at least as far as my experience is concerned, there is absolutely no basis to it.

    It is true that I was in close communication with Josie and other labor leaders during the course of my decision-making process. Josie and her colleagues were not only incredibly generous with their time and wisdom, but always above-board in their approach. She and others answered my questions but always reminded me that the ultimately decision is my own to make (as it should be).

    I'm mildly amused by the characterization of alleged actions taken as "browbeating" and "threatening." The last time I allowed someone to do either to me was on the third grade playground. Since then, I have never allowed anyone to resort to such tactics with any success.

    The decision not to pursue the seat was made after many conversations with friends, colleagues, and allies, but it was made on my own.

    Igor Tregub

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  3. No doubt anyone with future political ambition will try to make nice with Ms Camacho, but her behavior this campaign season has been inappropriate, self-serving and egretious.

    Labor used to be well respected in this area and members of the Labor Council need to wake up and put some controls on her before her outrageous actions give labor the type of bad name that erodes their stature.

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  4. Camacho and her cohorts are simply whorrible!

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  5. Labor had a 96% success rate in the June primary much to the chagrin of the sexist anti-union troll who has the first, and the above post on this string. Get ready for a drubbing in November troll.

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  6. Camacho and her cohorts are simply whorrible!

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  7. Joel Young = Ray Rice

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  8. Joel Young wins this in a run-a-way.

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  9. Mr. Tregub seems to be an intelligent person, with strong decision making capabilities and strong convictions; so it would seem highly unlikely that he would drop out of the race because of outside pressure . As for myself; I took an honest evaluation, discussed it with friends and family, and concluded it was not feasible to run at this time. Having served several years in the Army, often times in very adverse conditions, the chances of ANYONE browbeating me is close to zero. However, I am certain that there will be other races in the future, and I hope that Mr. Tregub would consider running for office in the future also. Our motives for running were similar: to restore faith, and advocate for honest and transparent local government. A political candidate should run for the right reasons, and if it comes down to it; withdraw for the right reasons. I believe that Mr. Tregub and myself, got it right on both counts.

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  10. To 12:30 am:
    Even if he wins, he already lost. his political career is basically over.

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  11. Political insecurities come with criticism!

    Leave Josie & Labor Council's name out of this. They speak on behalf of Oakland workers and are well respected by the people.

    Nice try, but your attempt is not going to work. Here's an idea. Try focusing on your candidate instead!

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  12. You mean Josie 'the whore' Camacho. She is so corrupt!

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  13. 8:32 is just the sexist foul mouthed anti-union troll known as Ralph Fariass who's been kicked to the curb all three times he's run for election in Hayward. He's sort of a Hayward joke.

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  14. The above comes from our own Dorcas Wentzel, aka the Space HO of Bizerkeley!

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  15. Ralph the loser Farias is an apt description of the Hayward sexist who the voters keep rejecting. Last time he ran this year he got less than 5% of the vote. LMAO

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  16. That's what the voters of Hayward said when they rejected him and kicked him to the curb like the trash

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  17. We ask again:

    Ralph who, bitch?

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  18. We tell you again:

    That's what the voters of Hayward said when they rejected him and kicked him to the curb like the trash.

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  19. We ask again:

    Ralph who, bitch?

    No comprendo.

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  20. Besides being a foul-mouthed sexist, you don't know a damn thing about the candidate you are supporting Mr. anti-union troll (aka Ralph Fariass). You got kicked to the curb in your race, and your candidate will get beat by Joel Young. Watch and learn!

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  21. Ralph, WHO, bitch?

    No comprendo.

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  22. Wow, Ralph Farias. You are one bitter foul mouthed, sexist, anti union troll when rejected by your Hayward voters. LOL loser

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  23. Can we please get back to the subject of the union whore Lena Ho Tam going down to defeat.

    Whoever 'Ralph' and 'Dorcas' are can both go play ball on 880.

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  24. Besides being a foul-mouthed sexist, you don't know a damn thing about the candidate you are supporting Mr. anti-union troll (aka Ralph Fariass). You got kicked to the curb in your race, and your candidate will get beat by Joel Young. Watch and learn!

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  25. Can we please get back to the subject of the union whore Lena Ho Tam going down to defeat.

    Whoever 'Ralph' and 'Dorcas' are can both go play ball on 880.

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  26. Since we all know the post above is Ralph Farias, who is a sexist foul mouthed pig who finished with about 4% of the vote in his third try for office in Hayward, we sure hope he stops posting the same tired e-mails attacking unions. You have been rejected by the voters and so have your thoughts. Go back to under the rock you crawled out of sexist.

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  27. Can we please get back to the subject of the union whore Lena Ho Tam going down to defeat.

    Whoever 'Ralph' and 'Dorcas' are can both go play ball on 880.

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  28. Since we all know the post above is Ralph Farias, who is a sexist foul mouthed pig who finished with about 4% of the vote in his third try for office in Hayward, we sure hope he stops posting the same tired e-mails attacking unions. You have been rejected by the voters and so have your thoughts. Go back to under the rock you crawled out of sexist.

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  29. Until the Space HO bitch ceases and desists and returns to her sanitarium in Napa, we must persist for the sake of the public good:

    We'll take Bob Rayburn. He gives a damn about the riders and doesn't whore for the unions like that labor slut Lena Ho Tam!

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  30. We all know the above poster is Ralph Farias, who is a sexist foul mouthed pig who finished with about 4% of the vote in his third try for office in Hayward, we sure hope he stops posting the same tired e-mails attacking unions. You have been rejected by the voters and so have your thoughts. Go back to under the rock you crawled out of sexist. LOL

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  31. Until the Space HO bitch ceases and desists and returns to her sanitarium in Napa, we must persist for the sake of the public good:

    We'll take Bob Rayburn. He gives a damn about the riders and doesn't whore for the unions like that labor slut Lena Ho Tam!

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  32. We all know the above poster is Ralph Farias, who is a sexist foul mouthed pig who finished with about 4% of the vote in his third try for office in Hayward, we sure hope he stops posting the same tired e-mails attacking unions. You have been rejected by the voters and so have your thoughts. Go back to under the rock you crawled out of sexist. LMAO

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  33. Until the Space HO bitch ceases and desists and returns to her sanitarium in Napa, we must persist for the sake of the public good:

    We'll take Bob Rayburn. He gives a damn about the riders and doesn't whore for the unions like that labor slut Lena Ho Tam!

    LMAO=Leaving My Ass Open! ;)

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  34. ZZZZZZZ--------------That explains why you can't think straight Ralph. Your head is up your a__. LOL

    Watch and Learn in November as Lena beats your candidate.

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  35. Ralph who, bitch?

    Until the Space HO bitch ceases and desists and returns to her sanitarium in Napa, we must persist for the sake of the public good:

    We'll take Bob Rayburn. He gives a damn about the riders and doesn't whore for the unions like that labor slut Lena Ho Tam!

    LMAO=Leaving My Ass Open! ;)

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  36. That's what the voters of Hayward said when they rejected him and kicked him to the curb like the trash

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  37. Ralph Farias you are a Hayward Joke! Lena Tam beats Robert Rayburn, and takes out someone who was responsible for the BART strike.

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  38. Since the union whores were completely responsible for striking--hey, nobody else went on strike!--Bob Raburn will win easily.

    The public doesn't support dirty, corrupt union sluts!

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  39. Joel Young wins this election easily and Lena Tam beats Robert Rayburn. Ralph Fariass thinks he can get their opponents votes by being a sexist and calling people names. Ralph, it didn't work in Hayward where you live, and it won't work here. :)

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  40. Since the union whores were completely responsible for striking--hey, nobody else went on strike!--Bob Raburn will win easily.

    The public doesn't support dirty, corrupt union sluts!

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  41. Joel Young wins this election easily and Lena Tam beats Robert Rayburn. Ralph Fariass thinks he can get their opponents votes by being a sexist and calling people names. Ralph, it didn't work in Hayward where you live, and it won't work here. :)

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  42. Since the union whores were completely responsible for striking--hey, nobody else went on strike!--Bob Raburn will win easily.

    The public doesn't support dirty, corrupt union sluts!

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  43. We all know the above poster is Ralph Farias, who is a sexist foul mouthed pig who finished with about 4% of the vote in his third try for office in Hayward. You CANNOT even vote in this race! You have been rejected by the voters and so have your thoughts. LOL

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  44. Bob Raburn = no more BART strikes.

    They must be outlawed! Lena Ho Tam is nothing but a stooge puppet of the union whores.

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  45. Rayburn helped cause the BART strike. My wife and I will vote for Lena Tam.

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  46. Robert Rayburn was part of the problem, Lena Tam is part of the solution. NO more mistakes and NO more BART strikes!

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  47. Bob Raburn = no more BART strikes.

    They must be outlawed! Lena Ho Tam is nothing but a stooge puppet of the union whores.

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  48. Robert Rayburn was part of the problem, Lena Tam is part of the solution. NO more mistakes and NO more BART strikes!

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  49. Robert Rayburn was part of the problem, Lena Tam is part of the solution. NO more mistakes and NO more BART strikes!

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  50. Because ho Tam is a puppet of the unions, which caused the BART strike--hey, only union sluts can go on strike, bitch--we will be voting for Bob Raburn and have already held a huge fundraiser for him.

    Bob Raburn is the people's choice for BART. He supports the riders over the special interest union sluts.

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  51. We all know the above poster is Ralph Farias, who is a sexist foul mouthed pig who finished with about 4% of the vote in his third try for office in Hayward. You CANNOT even vote in this race! You have been rejected by the voters and so have your thoughts. LOL

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  52. Ralph who, bitch?

    We all know that it's union sluts who go on strike. Boss ho Tam is their stooge.

    We'll take clean Bob Raburn BART 2014!

    He's the people's choice!!

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  53. We just cast our votes for the competent and experienced Lena Tam who has never caused a strike in the well run City of Alameda. We could never vote for Raburn because of his lack of skill which caused a BART strike.

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  54. Robert Rayburn was part of the problem, Lena Tam is part of the solution. NO more mistakes and NO more BART strikes!

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  55. The election is over. Oh where have you gone Anonymous? I mean you have been posting on this page by yourself for months. Your lone screaming voice almost got Tam elected. What I mean to say is she got demolished by Raburn. I miss you, please come back to post again.

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  56. The building trades unions backed Raburn and he won easily over Tam who wasn't very popular in Alameda. Nuf said.

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