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Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Jan 10, 2016

The California Assembly Transportation Committee recently voted down Catherine Baker's bill that was intended to prevent a Bart strike when the current contract expires June 30, 2017.

There are fourteen members on the assembly transportation committee. Nine are democrats, five are republicans. Three of those fourteen members on the committee reside in the immediate Bay Area that the Bart system serves. All others on that committee are from Southern California, L.A., Riverside, two from Central Valley, one resides in Napa.

All those eleven members that do not have a constituency in the Bay Area that would depend on Bart voted down the Bill authored by Catherine Baker.

The last Bart strike cost the Bay Area $73 million dollars a day in worker productivity. That's just worker activity, does not include the cost of overall lost economic activity.

The transportation committee made up of a majority of members from out of the area with no constituency in the Bay Area voted down what is necessary and economically reasonable for the Bay Area.

Comments (11)

Posted by justthefacts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

This is exactly why we need to re-elect Catharine Baker to the Assembly. She at least gets it and gives us a fighting chance!!

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Ok so I will ask the question. How did people from Non Bay Area places get selected to the committee? Who does the selection and what will be done about it?

Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

The politicians that make up the committee assignments, and the rules for how the committee assignments are made, are real pros...after all this is what they do for a living.

Regarding BART, it's Steve Glazer's turn next. He plans to introduce a similar bill.

My hat's off to Catharine Baker for making good on her campaign promises and making the attempt to bring real, substantial change to a horribly contorted system.

Posted by Please name names
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 11, 2016 at 9:34 am

Okay, who are these politicians that voted down the BART "no strikes after the contract expires"? I want names!

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

The retirement and social security committee members voted it down.
The vote along party lines was five to one.
The following five democrats voted it down.

Jim Cooper D Elk Grove - Chairman.
Rob Bonta D Alameda
Ken Cooley D Rancho Cordova.
Lorena S. Gonzales D San Diego.
Patrick O'Donnell D Long Beach.

Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 11, 2016 at 10:15 am

Michael Austin,
OK, I'm a little confused on this one. Are you speaking about AB 528? From what I read on it, it "failed passage" in a first hearing on Jan 6, 2016 out of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security to which it had been referred on Apr 9, 2015.
The votes from that committee:
Ayes: Wagner
Noes: Bonta, Cooley, Cooper, Gonzalez, O'Donnell
No Votes Recorded: Waldron

Assembly Bill AB 528 (Text, Votes, History, etc): Web Link

Kudos to Catherine Baker for leading the initial charge!

Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

Michael Austin,
OOPS! Sorry, I crossed your message while posting. Thanks for the heads up on this bill.

Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 11, 2016 at 10:34 am

Ken Cooley lives in Rancho Cordova that has a light rail bus that goes to the Capital. I wonder if he uses that or drives

Posted by Walk the talk
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

Thank you to Catherine Baker for your leadership in taking this on. Also for following thru on campaign promises. K
Really appreciate your walking your talk.

Posted by Anti Public union strikers
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

This morning on KGO 810 radio, national award winner Ronn Owens discussed this bill. He applauded Catharine Baker and repeated multiple times, that pro-union, Dem President FD Roosevelt spoke repeatedly AGAINST ever allowing 'PUBLIC' unions. Many of our 50 states do not allow PUBLIC worker unions, and certainly do NOT allow public service worker 'strikes' against the public tax-payer employer!!!
Do not forget the recent victories of both Dem Steve Glazer to the CA Senate, and Rep Catharine Baker to Ca Assembly. Both defeated their public union member opponents . Glazer and Baker were both vocal against public strikers. The public unions have over-played their hands in recent years, and we the people have had enough.

Posted by Anti Public union strikers
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

Regis Joe, above, is correct. Steve Glazer's campaign was to introduce anti- strike legislation/bills in the state senate, and Catharine Baker campaigned on introducing anti-strike bills in our assembly. Both woon with thoser positions. Neither can do it alone, and need help in both branches.

California public unions bare no resemblance to laborors in the 1920s & 30s. Today's kneejerk reflex greed and sense of entitlement by CA PUBLIC employees needs to reflect our 21st century. After all, these employers are the already much-abused CA TAXPAYERS. Who is there to defend and protect us, other than those few representatives....we need more like them.

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