Community College Board in California Will Be Accountable to Voters

By Kevin Dayton
The eastern suburbs of San Diego (“East County”) have been and are still regarded as politically conservative. But even this area isn’t impervious to the political movement in California toward European-style social democracy. Labor unions and their political allies have recently gained political control of an East County local government and are now exercising their power. Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District...

TAGS: Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, Project Labor Agreement, Project Labor Agreements, Proposition 39 (2000), San Diego County Taxpayers Association

Taxpayer Group Pushing to Gut California’s Prop. 13 is Union Front Group

By Kevin Dayton
One lingering success of the Right in California is the public’s continued association of taxpayers’ organizations with fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and limited government. Statewide groups such as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and regional groups such as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association maintain credibility as leaders in resisting foolhardy tax increases and wasteful...

TAGS: Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Los Angeles Times, National University System Institute for Policy Research in San Diego, Proposition 39 (2000), San Diego County Taxpayers Association

Tracking California’s November 2012 Elections Related to Labor Issues

By Kevin Dayton
California’s Proposition 32 is the country’s most high-profile election in November 2012 directly related to labor unions and labor policy issues. There are also several California local elections – particularly Measure V to enact a charter in the City of Costa Mesa – that will potentially strengthen or weaken union control of government. Here’s a summary of...

TAGS: Charter Cities, City of Costa Mesa - Measure V, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Measuring the Cost of Project Labor Agreements on School Construction in California, Project Labor Agreements, Prop. 32, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, San Diego Unified School District, Solano Community College District, West Contra Costa Unified School District