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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|Castro Valley's Marc Crawford|