Sternburger is reporting SEIU Local 99 members were recruited to attend the recent town hall endorsements who would tend to vote for the candidates the union wanted to endorse,the email from sternburger has been included below with additional highlighting.
This would explain how the members choice Ana Cubas was not the endorsed winner, and members coaxed by executive board members and organizers in all the locals pushed hard for Curren Price the obvious push came when the members of Local 99 before announcing their choice walked out of the general meeting and did not participate, preventing an endorsement for Cubas. We have been told that their choice clearly was Ana Cubas the experienced former Chief of Staff for our friend Jose Huizar the honorable councilman from the 14th district. However they could not make that vote and were told they had to play politics and not cast that vote.
We would like to take notice of Terry Hara the LAPD Deputy Chief has been a Leader in the police department for many years and has dedicated his life to serving the residents of this city and he has strong family ties to City Service. He has had an exceptional career with the LAPD, his fine service is evidenced by the community which has donated significantly to his campaign. He is another great choice for the Los Angeles City Council. Which candidate will serve the employees and residents better is still to be determined, we need to find out the way they stand on many issues, furloughs, contracting out, sworn employees performing civilian duties, pensions, benefits, and more.
What we know now is that the unions are pushing Curren Price and he has not been a solid labor supporter that we have seen as of yet. As always our endorsements go to the candidate that can improve the city for both the workers and the people, not make empty promises, or lack the integrity to stand up to those who seek to steal away good paying jobs only to enslave the public and cheat them of services for their own profit.
Pensions might be a hot topic today, but the City of Los Angeles is committed to LACERS, and only for the criminal under-funding of the plan by some who seek to be Mayor do we now have the shortfall we do, many years we could have placed reserves into the fund but instead they chose to spend it on enriching their friends through contracts and other misspending to ultimately blame the workforce for a meager retirement. Candidates who speak out of turn and don’t understand what has been done with the plan, it’s history, performance, and it’s benefits sound ignorant and indicate to me a person who lacks the intelligence or dedication to study the subject. More indicative of a bad Mayor or Councilperson is the fact they don’t reach out to a professional to guide them on the subject. If I was running for Council or Mayor I would have hired the best in the business and in my opinion that would be Sally Choi to consult.
LA Residents and employees alike need to learn the real issues not vote based on what they see from the candidates for a few minutes on tv or read in an ad, the real choices they make directly impact the quality of life of the residents. We will be looking hard at the candidates and their positions over the next few months and we will be working hard and asking the members to work hard in electing the best people for the job.