Mixed Results for Local 21 on Election Day
On Wednesday, our coalition partners made good on our collective promise to fight the unlawful Measure B in the courts. Local 21 will be filing our legal challenge shortly but it will mirror both of the lawsuits filed by the police and fire unions. The city stipulated they will not implement Measure B until further notice from the state court. Read the court filings and stay updated on the issue.
In the City Council races, Local 21 successfully supported Kansen Chu and Ash Kalra, who were both re-elected. In D10 there are three candidates at the top and with around 40-45K votes still to be counted, the results could change. Our coalition partners have deployed vote count observers to the Registrar of Voters to ensure the vote count is conducted per the law.
In D8 we achieved a major victory in that we worked to force a runoff. This is an extremely rare event and is a clear indication that voters in D8 want a council member they can trust, and who is ethical and keeps their word.
Local 21 will be evaluating our next steps with regard to the November runoff election and legal strategy moving forward. We will conduct a general membership meeting shortly.
As elections go, things were relatively quiet in San Francisco. Proposition A, which could award the city’s garbage collection contract to a non-union firm, lost by a landslide while Proposition B, a measure to protect Coit Tower, won. Local 21 opposed A and backed B. Our endorsed candidate Phil Ting trounced his anti-public employee opponent by more than 2-1, but they’ll face off again in November. Local 21 member Jo Elias Jacksonwas not successful in her bid for a seat on the Democratic Central Committee, but earlier won a spot as an Obama Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Contra Costa County
The only contested race for the Board of Supervisors was in Dist. 2 where Community College Trustee and labor-backed candidate Tomi Van De Brooke faced an uphill battle against Danville Mayor Candace Anderson. Anderson’s top issue is going after County employee retirement security. Ultimately, Anderson won.
A big thanks to Contra Costa Chapter campaign volunteers Sue Guest, Tim Carlisle, Mike Courchaine, Margie Valdez, Scott Hutchinson andRay Neuman. Not wasting any time, they’ve already started planning for the November election!
A big round of applause to the 60 South Bay members, half dozen City of Oakland members, and Local 21 staff who completed more than 95 shifts on the phone or walking door to door to talk to San Jose voters.