Frustrated by our action, it’s no secret that organized labor has the County in its cross hairs. This was seen when labor spent heavily to pass and impose term limits for members of the Board of Supervisors. You can expect the same labor strategy in the November election to defeat Proposition A, a measure that would give taxpayer’s a chance to prevent future Supervisors from being forced to enter union-backed Project Labor Agreements that almost always result in higher costs for government contracts. And you are seeing strong support for candidates who while professing neutrality or non-partisan status, have the union label tattooed on their political philosophy and past actions while in office.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, often described as the “Iron Lady”, made a prediction about socialism that could very well describe what is happening today with union-controlled governments. She said, “Sooner or later, they run out of other peoples’ money.”
In November, in order to restore fiscal sanity to national, state and local government, when voters go to the polls, they must prepare themselves. They need to look for the union label on candidates. These candidates will have the union label on their campaign posters and printed on their campaign literature.
In the end, it comes down to an “either-or” decision. Either, voters elect candidates who have a track record of holding firm to fiscal responsibility, or voters bring into office candidates beholden to labor unions and special interests. If the winning candidates are people who wear the union label, you can be guaranteed future government budgets will be fixed not for the good, but for the bad. And those budgets will have a union label on them.
In this edition of the Word, I’ll be sharing the latest enhancements to public safety, help for the homeless, easier access to Board of Supervisors agenda items, and a tribute to an old friend, Mayor Bud Lewis of Carlsbad.
Our County Office of Emergency Services (OES) became the first local agency in the nation to test new technology for sending mass text alerts to people in specified areas in the event of regional emergencies.
OES is working with Sprint and California’s Emergency Management Agency to test the technology, called the Commercial Mobile Alert System, or CMAS.
CMAS is a national program established by the Federal Communications Commission to provide emergency information from federal, state and local officials about disasters, terrorist threats and other imminent dangers.