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Friday, March 24, 2006

Broken Record on SEIU

Yesterday's editorial on campaign finance reform from Travis Armstrong yet again failed to question police association money and corporate influence on the last city council race in relation to how the council votes on contracts.

Like a broken record, Armstrong continues to act like his readers don't know better and continues to not quite tell you the whole story. Leaving out the facts in favor of an anti-SEIU, anti-Blum agenda is a disservice to our community. When is he going to start telling the whole truth and giving the whole picture?


Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Not that I think that those who complain about name-calling really are so hurt, but this is yet another example on WHY HE IS CALLED FACTSWRONG.

Plenty of outside money taints the election campaigns and candidates and eventually elected officials, raising a real conflict of interest, actual or perceived.

Leaving out corporate donors and only complaining about certain labor union donors (and only a few of the many types of unions) indeed is FACTSWRONG.

3/24/2006 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SEIU, not the POA, played the bully role in the last election, they actually tried to run somebody out of office. They did it in cooperation and coordination (read the financial statements) with a sitting Councilmember, Mayoral candidate, PUEBLO and a snake pit of intermingled campaign managers. They tied their interviews to quid pro quo's for upcoming labor contracts. You try something like that and lose you, make yourself a target. They lost ugly. One of their candidates deserted them on the living wage and another is going soft on Das's anti-development crusade for the 2nd district. Ironically, both issues their bete noir Falcone voted in favor of. The living wage compromise was their high water mark. The tides is running away from them. Too much hubris, too many bullhorns. Live with it.

3/24/2006 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, even Helene is worried about the SEIU. She'll go no where after the city if she doesn't distance.
Helene has boxed herelf in corner unless she does something in light of the Newspress spotlingt on this money.
She's running scared. Her career is done because of Walt.

3/24/2006 11:57 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Is that why a week before the November 2005 election the POA robocalled my home phone and lamented that only 5 police were on the beat in the middle of the night on a Wednesday, so therefore I should vote for Iya Falcone?

Maybe not a bully, but a clear fearmongering inuendo, even though 5 on the beat or on duty in the middle of the night on a mid-week slow night is the usual scenario by Santa Barbara police.

So is arguing about which labor union has too much hubris or bully bullhorns somehow justify unlimited election campaign contributions?

Why not limit campaign contributions, lower union dues for their lobbying and electioneering, and let the workers actually keep more of their own money? Of course, the limit to campaign contributions should apply to ALL contributors.

3/25/2006 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Get some sleep. Maybe you were up late helping the POA patrol the night shift, but you're getting a little shrill. Nice of you to adopt the Big Corporate line on letting the workers keep their money though. Glad to see you are looking out for the little guy. Especially when they are against your candidates.

3/25/2006 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually FDS, the robot asked you to vote for Horton, Redd and Falcone. But your obsession is duly noted.

3/25/2006 6:50 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Okay, so the fearmongering inuendo bully tactics by POA was on behalf of three candidates and not just Falcone. Does anyone really think that the Police union really cared about Redd except for the status of Redd as a candidate who could form complete sentences AND was NOT a friend of Blum.

The point still remains that ALL of the labor unions and associations are meddling too much and creating conflicts of interest in the City Council. Distractions, deflections, and criticisms of me do not change that.


3/25/2006 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted in SB said...

Nothing I've ever witnessed during local campaigns has matched the vicious bullying tactics orchestrated by Das and friends during last years' City Council race. These wereused primarily against Iya but also Loretta and basically anyone he thought might stand in the way of the dynasty he tried [and failed] to create. I saw it first hand I'm not spreading rumors.

To paraphrase FDS above, does anyone think SEIU really believed Channing was a viable candidate as opposed to someone who would rubber stamp Das' desires?

Clean campaigns? ha. Those laws exist to give strategists a reason to exist and undermine the same laws.

3/26/2006 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok Disgusted/disgruntled post above. Please evidence, when was das negative and mean in the last city council election? I ask because just because he didn’t endorse Iya and/or Loretta does not make him a dirty campaigner. Lots of people don’t get endorsed out there even though they are incumbents or well financed, just ask Babatunde – an incumbent who didn’t really get the endorsements of Lois Capps, POA, City Fire, HBJ or Susan Rose – no one would say they were attacking Babatunde, they just didn’t endorse him.

Iya brought her troubles upon herself attempted to strong arm the council and show up the mayor using the POA as leverage. As for Loretta, her attempt to present herself as a liberal fell apart because she couldn’t hide from the countless anti-homeless, anti-labor columns she’d written in the News-press. Das never publicly attacked her he just never endorsed her – not negative campaigning.

Furthermore disgusted/disgruntled there are actually some organizations out there that endorse on principle not on who has the best shot at being elected. Channing might not have been the best candidate but she did actually support the principles SEIU values. Iya blatantly screwed SEIU and the labor movement in general with her attack on the no on prop 75 resolution, and Loretta went in front of the WPC and badmouthed SEIU so big surprise neither got the endorsement.

But please keep pouting daddy wouldn’t buy me a pony and personal wealth couldn’t buy the last election. SO SORRY.

3/26/2006 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon are you really oblivious to what went on behind the scenes of the City Council election? if so, then I pity your naivete. Had nothing to do with who Das endorsed or didn't endorse. Has to do with his actions and statements and whisper campaign to many many many people who will never forget what he did and how he did it and the things he asked for and allegations he made and who wouldn't trust him for a split second. No matter how many slick vanity campaign pieces he pays for he will never overcome the consequences of his bad behavior.

3/26/2006 6:16 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

2:31 pm -- you are close here to being cut here but the rest of your comments had merit -- let's take it easy!

3/26/2006 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did Iya "attack" the labor movement and where did she "strong arm" the council? Just curious. Since she received the endorsment of just about every labor group except SEIU I'm not sure who is doing the whining here.

3/27/2006 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 6:16 you sound like McCarthy with your little black book "i have the names..."

please das ran a whisper campaign. says who? you?

the thing about arguments and having a credible one is that you actually have to back them up with some evidence or fact or at least you have to have someone on the record willing to testify that das did the things you alleged. you don't even have that.

3/27/2006 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das' whisper campaign consisted of Das going up to people and talking to them about all the "bad things" Iya was doing "behind the scenes" or "in closed session". The Das whisper campaign in this election is to bad mouth the enviro records of Susan and Salud because they are not endorsing him.

3/27/2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Wait a minute...Das pledged to run a clean campaign. The can't-even-keep-his-word-to-finish-his-first-coucil-term councilman isn't breaking his clean campaign pledge, is he???

3/28/2006 9:11 AM  

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