Earlier this week, a commenter posted a link to this April 2, 2013 article from UnionWatch.com. It should serve as a wake up call to conservatives and those who occupy the sensible center that the drive for single-member council districts in Anaheim is not an isolated event, but part of a broader campaign for the unions and their left-wing political allies to expand their political influence in local government.
They are looking to make Anaheim their beachhead in Orange County. If Anaheim goes, next on the target list will be Orange, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Westminster, Garden Grove, etc. Those Republicans in Anaheim and Orange County who either support single-member council districts or yawn at the prospect of them really need to wake up and smell the left-wing coffee. And those Vichy-types who want to run up the white flag because they’ve swallowed the propaganda that the ACLU lawsuit is unbeatable…well, they need to get spine-up and fight.
Here’s the article – it is a must-read:
Unions Will Control Mid-Sized Cities with California Voting Rights Act
by Kevin Dayton
Unions firmly control the political agenda in California’s largest cities, but civic leaders and citizens in some of the state’s smaller cities are still resisting the union political machine.
Some of these cities, with populations from 100,000 to 250,000, include Escondido, Oceanside, Murrieta, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Clovis, Elk Grove, and Roseville. These are cities where a dominant faction of elected and appointed officials generally puts a priority on efficiently providing basic services at a reasonable cost to their citizens.
Not surprisingly, city councils in some of these cities have attempted to enact home-rule charters or have exercised rights under their home-rule charters to free themselves from costly state mandates. This greatly agitates unions, which have long worked to attain their unchecked control of the agenda at the capitol.
Union officials want California’s cities to submit fully to state laws regarding collective bargaining for public employees and government-mandated wage rates (“prevailing wages”) for construction contractors. As reported in www.UnionWatch.org throughout 2012, public employee unions and construction trade unions spent huge amounts of money to convince voters in some of these cities to reject proposed charters.
Obviously unions don’t want to spend $1 million in dozens of cities every two years to defeat proposed charters, as they did in Costa Mesa before the November 2012 election. And soon they won’t have to spend any more money.
Unions are now implementing a tactic to alter political control of these smaller cities. It is likely to succeed in turning almost every California city with a population of 100,000 or more from fiscal responsibility to “progressive” governance based on theories of social justice.
Unions and their attorneys are masters at exploiting the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to attain unrelated economic objectives that benefit unions. And now unions are using the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (Election Code Section 14025 et seq.) as a tool to ensure the adoption of union-backed public policies at local governments.
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