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LA-Mayor: Eric Garcetti Gets Times Endorsement

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:50:32 AM PST


Multiple candidates aiming to get into top two in March balloting

by Brian Leubitz

While the value of newspaper endorsements has surely waned, in a municipal election where many of the candidates are finding difficulties distinguishing themselves from each other, the LA Times endorsement could grab a few votes. And this round, City Councilman Eric Garcetti gets that nod:

As council president, [Garcetti] worked behind the scenes to awaken his colleagues to the depth of the city's financial crisis and to take action they did not want to take, imposing layoffs and requiring those remaining in the workforce to shoulder more of the burden of their medical and pension benefits. At times when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa should have been on hand to close difficult negotiations, the task was left to Garcetti, and he came through.  ...

Voters at first embraced Villaraigosa because they saw in him the power to inspire. Garcetti has that too, but in a different, quieter fashion, and he backs it up with experience in City Hall, a share of troublesome mistakes and 12 years of achievement. If he avoids a tendency to be glib when he should motivate, and if he avoids the tendency to allow his finesse to give way to a desire to be all things to all people, he could be just what Los Angeles needs. At this time, out of this field, he's the best choice for mayor.(LA Times)

Polls have been all over the place in the race, but for now, it looks like Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel are in the best positions to grab one of the two spots in the May general election. But Councilwoman Jan Perry, Republican talk show host Kevin James, and perhaps a few others, are within striking distance depending on what the turnout and field programs look like over the last few weeks.

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Did the liberal actually read the endorsement? (0.00 / 0)
Some choice comments.

bear some responsibility for the city's current fiscal problems, which were dramatically worsened when the council negotiated employee contracts that were unaffordable, leading to a budget too far out of balance, and leading, in turn, to deep cuts in services.

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r the most part, he has performed well. As council president, he worked behind the scenes to awaken his colleagues to the depth of the city's financial crisis and to take action they did not want to take, imposing layoffs and requiring those remaining in the workforce to shoulder more of the burden of their medical and pension benefits.
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Or in other words, the city is being bankrupt by big benefits to government employees and union goons, and we should vote for this guy because he is going to cut those benefits, not establish confiscatory taxes.

Geez, why does all this sound familiar?


because unfortunately (0.00 / 0)
The City of Los Angeles actually does have a major problem with this. The difficulty is, it all starts with the DWP union (IBEW). Because they have a ton of clout, they negotiate raises and salaries that are ultimately unaffordable for the city, and for utility ratepayers, who always  end up having to foot the bill as well. At this point, your average DWP worker makes 40% more than a comparable city worker for the same work. When other City unions see that, they want a comparable deal, and the end result is a total lack of affordability.

It's a problem, and it needs to be dealt with. And it all stems in no small part from the fact that the IBEW sets the agenda. Eric Garcetti spearheaded the creation of the Office of the Ratepayer Advocate to ensure that DWP ratepayers were being treated fairly. DWP/IBEW strongly opposed this, for obvious reasons. Wendy Greuel, who has a long history of working hand-in-hand with the IBEW, wanted the Ratepayer Advocate to be within her office, where it would obviously have no teeth. Garcetti won that fight. And now, the DWP's SuperPAC is spending over $1 MILLION to try to get Greuel elected.

Even adamant pro-labor progressives here understand that the IBEW's political methodology gives the labor movement here a bad name.


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OK , let's get this straight (0.00 / 0)
The city of LA ,according to both you and me, is in financial trouble because public employees have salaries and benefits that are unaffordable.
The LA Times, a left-leaning, if not liberal newspaper says these benefits must be cut. So says Garcetti, another Democrat.

And that's ok. This situation is likely prevalent also in other cities in California, and other states.
But when Republican governors try to do the same thing, that is to to crack down on public employee compensation, they are evil 1'ers backed by the Koch Bros?


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Goons ? (0.00 / 0)
...government employees and union goons....

Are ALL union members goons ?
What do they do to become goons ?
Are you saying they're 'breaking legs' ??

How Awful !!


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Taking away the right to (0.00 / 0)
a secret ballot is certainly goon behavior.

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Really ?? (0.00 / 0)
How about making up stories, whole cloth about others ?

Nobody's right to vote has been 'taken away'
Please cite your 'facts'
Non 'Tea Party facts', please

You just don;t like unions
I'm not a union member
I was one for a short while, as a kid
But, I support the right to organize and the right to strike
except for government employees who should be allowed binding arbitration


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The act pushed by unions (0.00 / 0)
called "Employee Free Choice Act" in an Orwellian strike of terms, would eliminate the right of the secret ballot in unionzation elections. Pushed by the UNIONS.

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How AWFUL (0.00 / 0)
From Wikipedia:

The Employee Free Choice Act[1] was a legislative bill that was introduced into both chambers of the U.S. Congress on March 10, 2009.[2] The bill's purpose was to[3]

" amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations [unions], to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. "

The bill would have, first, allowed a union to be certified as the official union to bargain with an employer if union officials collect signatures of a majority of workers. The bill would have removed the present right of the employer to demand an additional, separate ballot when more than half of employees have already given their signature supporting the union.[4] Second, the bill would have required employers and unions to enter binding arbitration to produce a collective agreement at latest 120 days after a union is recognized. Third, the bill would have increased penalties on employers who discriminate against workers for union involvement.

Ehere's the commie goonishness in that ??



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Perhaps you should read (0.00 / 0)
he bill would have removed the present right of the employer to demand an additional, separate ballot

Separate ballot is the secret ballot that allows workers to cast their vote in the privacy of the booth. Only goons would oppose that.


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'Majority' (0.00 / 0)
If a Majority of employees sign...
A Majority
Remember 'Majority rule'  ??

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Do you know what a secret ballot is? (0.00 / 0)
Really? Because a signature with someone standing right next to you is not private.


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OK , let's get this straight (0.00 / 0)
The city of LA ,according to both you and me, is in financial trouble because public employees have salaries and benefits that are unaffordable.

The LA Times, a left-leaning, if not liberal newspaper says these benefits must be cut. So says Garcetti, another Democrat.

And that's ok. This situation is likely prevalent also in other cities in California, and other statements.
But when Republican governors try to do the same thing to crack down on public employee compensation, they are evil 1'ers backed by the Koch Bros?


There's a difference (0.00 / 0)
There's a difference between trying to reign in pension costs (Times/Garcetti) and removing collective bargaining rights (Koch brothers).

You can do the first without destroying the unions. It's not easy, but it is possible.

Most of the criticism of those Republican governors (Walker, Scott) is because their goal is the destruction of the public employee unions, not because they're trying to get their fiscal house in order.


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UH (0.00 / 0)
You just said that taking away collective bargaining makes cracking down on pension costs easier.

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Arrest ? (0.00 / 0)
Maybe if you ARRESTED ALL public employees, you could lower their wages/pensions

As long as everybody sacrifices except you
Right ??


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fdr (0.00 / 0)
did not believe public employees should have the right to unionze and were excluded from the wagner act.

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Long ago, far away (0.00 / 0)
I think government employees won that right a long time ago

Apparently you don't like it..... Alas !!
Some public sector employees may well be overpaid
You may be overpaid, too
I suspect that you are


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Principles (0.00 / 0)
still relevant from FDR's time.  

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FDR's time (0.00 / 0)
Actually, segregation was the law of the land during the 30's and 40's (FDR's time)

Should we have kept that, too ?

How about the internment of Japanese-Americans ?
That happened during FDR's time

Persecution of Gays and Lesbian people ?

Times change, and in these cases (and the case of public unionization) for the better


[ Parent ]
Argumento absurdium (0.00 / 0)
Irrelevant and not germane considerations.

Union set up to extract wages and benefits from the greedy cororation, oh wait, taxpayer.

Ya that makes sense.


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Reality Check (0.00 / 0)
Actually, this article is about the LA Mayoral race

You just decided to do irrational ranting about your hatred for unions
WHAT does that have to do with the Mayor's race ??

And, actually if you're talking about 'Principles' en vouge since FDR's time........
Then, what is irrelevant about some other 'principles' active in FDR's time ? Segregation, Racism, homophobia...

If you want to talk about irrelevant (and silly), it's trying to blame employee unions for all the problems of the City of LA
REALLY ??
THAT'S the BIG Problem ??
REALLY ???


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nice try (0.00 / 0)
Biggest problem in LA is fiscal crisis. Even left-wing papers say it that is because of unions. 75-85 percent of local and state budget is compensation and benefits for its employees.

[ Parent ]
Show and Tell (1.00 / 1)
Please show your (non-Tea Party) figures
Where do you get your figures from ?
Any trusted sources ???

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la times (0.00 / 0)
in the link right in the post, pretty embarassing

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