A pollster delivered strategic advice to public employees advising them how to campaign against pension reform: tell voters that San Jose Mayor’ Chuck Reed’s proposed reform is all about “eliminating” pensions. That’s good advice from the PR perspective. “Note that ‘eliminating’ fosters a visceral negative response from voters,” the pollster reported. “Over 50 percent are VERY unfavorable [...]
Roger Blain, an arch-conservative Stocktonian who in later years championed a natural wonder, died December 12. He was 93. I didn’t know Blaine when he served on Stockton Unified’s school board — and battled textbooks too liberal for his taste – when he ran unsuccessfully for Congress or state office, or when he headed the local Johh Birch Society. Record [...]
Since Stockton’s fiscal crisis, I have argued that incompetent or ethically checkered leadership simply cannot be tolerated. Even if it is gussied up as charitable intent or concern for the common man. The revocation of the charter of the Boys & Girls Club of Stockton shows why. Anthony Silva, his hand-picked board, and his hand-picked successor, Sharon Simas, destroyed [...]
“Public employees need to pull back from attacking management and start acting more like they work for the public.” —Willie Brown, of all people, one of the most pro-labor leaders in California history. Brown was commenting on a recent poll showing the public souring on unions. He was quoted in the L.A. Times by columnist [...]
Here’s one problem I have not heard of in Stockton: drunken bartending. A government committe in in Wasau, Wisconsin, has proposed restricting bartenders to and supervisors to have a 0.04 percent blood-alcohol level. “We, on a regular basis, run in to situations at taverns where there’s a fight or there’s some kind of conflict and the bartender is [...]
Mayor Anthony Silva wants more power, either of the political sort or more authority as defined by the city charter. Why is a bit of a mystery, since he has laid out no program. He’s not doing anything, but he wants more authority to do it. Anyway, it is clear from a quote in this story that Silva [...]
… Because a city can afford fewer police officers, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says in this story. San Jose went from being America’s safest big city a decade ago — with a crime rate 35 percent below state and national averages — to suffering slightly above-average crime. “What we’re seeing is the effect of 10 years [...]
George Skelton of the L.A. Times said it in this column. “Let’s be honest,” Skelton writes, “the real threat is not quakes. It’s judges who restrict water pumping to protect fish. As they should.” If they’re singing that tune in L.A. the tunnel project is kaput.
In CalPERS’ first press conference since a Detroit judge said pensions are fair game in bankruptcy, California’s state pension giant said … well, no, they’re not. I didn’t join the press call-in. But if this SacBee story accurately documents CalPERS’ arguments, the the pension giant’s got nothing but the old argument that state law is on its [...]
The Convention & Visitors Bureau sent out Christmas cards featuring photos of the staff. Here’s Wes Rea: Keep the moustache, Wes.