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September 27, 2013

Daily Fetch 9.27.13: Document reveals Chuck Reed funneled $200,000 from shadow Texas group to SV Chamber to change California’s constitution

FETCH EXCLUSIVE: Chuckster the Huckster wants to do for California what he’s done for San Jose.

The Daily Fetch has obtained a document filed by Chuck Reed that discloses he personally facilitated the funneling of an initial $200,000 dollars from an organization named Action Now Initiative to the SV Chamber of Commerce to (apparently) launch his statewide pension ballot measure to change California’s constitution and allow the government to break contracts.

Chuck Reed money gusher
Action Now Initiative has numerous ties to the former Enron day trader and billionaire John Arnold.  Rolling Stones Matt Taibbi delivers the goods on who is behind the Chuck Reed push to screw public employees as he describes Enron Exec John Arnold in this paragraph:

… at the behest of powerful out-of-state financiers with dreams of pushing pension reform down the throats of taxpayers and public workers from coast to coast. One of her key supporters was billionaire former Enron executive John Arnold – a dickishly ubiquitous young right-wing kingmaker with clear designs on becoming the next generation’s Koch brothers, and who for years had been funding a nationwide campaign to slash benefits for public workers.

Chuck Reed’s statewide ballot measure language to cut workers’ pensions has been obtained by Frying Pan News and can be read here.  For San Jose workers who repeatedly told Reed the provisions of Measure B were unconstitutional, this ballot measure proves them right.  Why change the constitution if San Jose’s Measure B was legal?…Because it’s not.

Chuck Reed is in bed with right-wing ideologues intent on getting their greedy little hands on pension fund money to line their hedge-fund stitched pockets.  They want cops, firefighters, nurses and teachers to gamble their retirement security.  Chuck Reed is trying to do for California what he has done for San Jose–Now that’s a gamble.

Reed and Enron

The Fetch will have more on this breaking story.

Onward to other happenings…

As “Bikini cop” Liccardo prepares his Mayoral campaign apology tour (I’m sorry we don’t have enough cops and crime is up, I’m sorry I gave millions in tax breaks to my developer friends, I’m sorry for those bike lanes, and I’m sorry we spent millions trying to defend an unconstitutional pension ballot measure) he is getting all the free help he can from his friends.  The SVLG ran a full-page Mercury News ad touting an already sold out event that featured a “debate” between San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu and Liccardo.  Wow, we wonder how much that free publicity cost?

Sam Liccardo free advertising

While Liccardo was spending his time displaying his repertoire of ready clichés at his “debate”, his downtown constituents launched another petition asking the city to clean up crime and drug riddled St. James Park.  The San Jose Blog has the petition.

And thanks to one of our spies for pointing out to the Fetch that the commercial attached to another petition going after Liccardo for (allegedly) being a phony when it comes to public safety has been trimmed to precisely 30-seconds.  We wonder if SJ TV sets are the next stop for this lil’ ditty.

Hawaiian Airlines is dropping some direct flights to paradise out of SJC.

Sheriff Laurie Smith officially has a challenger in her quest for re-election.  NBC Bay Area covers the kick-off of Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Jensen’s uphill battle to unseat the popular Sheriff.

NOTE to those advising Jensen…not a very compelling reason to fire Laurie when Jensen says this about the department: “I truly believe that our department is made of fine men and women and administrators, (it) has a lot of room to grow. There are things that need to change.”

In a posting to SJ Inside, Rich Robinson says “meh” to a proposal to shine some light on county government by requiring lobbyists to register and report their attempts at influencing.  At this point it’s the guy who helped “lickety spit” Shirakawa get elected in 2008 and S. (S is for secret) Joe Simitian in opposition to more disclosure versus everyone else who wants transparency…Interesting.

Robinson also ridicules the FPPC for their flaccid fine of Chuck Reed for violating California’s Political Reform Act.  His posting on the SBLC blog concisely tells the story of how the dirty $100K funneled by Reed to save Herrera was used to defeat novice Jimmy Nguyen.  In case you forgot, Rich was Jimmy’s campaign strategist in the controversial D8 race.

Some Milpitas employees won’t be getting their jobs back as a judge rejects their claim that the city was in the wrong when they contracted out their jobs as part of a budget balancing strategy.

KCBS 740’s Mike Colgan reports that Sunnyvale enacted restrictions on payday lenders.

Bud Selig is headed for the door after one more season and promises to make a decision on the A’s move from crime-ridden Oakland to crime-ridden San Jose.

Palo Alto powerhouse law firm Wilson Sonsini goes all Murphy Brown and walks 35 secretaries to the door.

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