I saw a group of rather bored and uninspired people, checking their devices — about 8 out of 40 or so, or pack up their stuff and leave. I met my quasi-neighbor Gary Kremen, running for Water Board, but even he packed up in a zip and disappeared into the Willow Glen night, if not the willow or the glen.
I started to worry that Labor Council is no more representative of the working class than leadership here is of the rank-and-file, is it just another special interest? Certainly the local press – Weekly, Daily News and especially Dave Price’s Post — have no love for labor. Working title for this, scribbled on my notes: Labor’s Labor’s Lost — after Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.
I liked the labor rep and teacher of 20+ years longevity with a cool tattoo from Morgan Hill, (which I mistook for a part of San Jose, oops, Morgan Hill, not her tattoo — maybe because I came to the COPE candidates briefing after a relaxing and inspiring sojourn at Johny Grenado’s Five Color Cowboy, a couple clicks back up Alameda, Johnny the former Pioneer High football star, OG San Jo skater, business owner, philosopher, scissorhands, and what drew me into his realm, the original backer of art legend David Choe).
For the record: of the 12 candidates for five Palo Alto City Council seats, and six candidates for three PAUSD board seats, exactly ONE, yours truly, Mark Weiss, “Plastic Alto” bothered to hear labor out.
Ben Field claims that they have friends in Palo Alto in people they have backed before like Nancy Shepherd. ??? Maybe he meant Gail Price. I don’t think he meant Marc Berman.
I have more to say on this later. But listening to Corey Harris “Fire Go Come” on “Zion Crossing” I found considerably more appealing.
outro (Corey Harris is a MacArthur Genius grant laureate from Denver, Colorado, Maine, New Orleans and now Virginia who studied to be a public school teacher, while at Bates College in Maine, then studied abroad in Mali where the guitar stylings of Boubecare Traore called out to him and set him on a journey of discovery and outreach via the blues and reggae, and featured in Martin Scorcese’s West Africa segment of his blues documentary, who I met and befriended when he and my then-client Henry Butler toured from San Diego to Maine in a bus in something something called Front Porch Blues tour. Forget labor, I want the rasta-vote; no I want both. Corey roar he):
edit to add: besides following up with teacher Gemma Abel’s and preparing for the COPE Labor Council interviews next week, something tells me to become ally of Marsha Grilli of Milpitas, MUSD board member running for Council there. I also enjoyed being tutored by Dennis Raj, a Lynbrook and UC-Davis product two years into the fight.
past as prologue:
Thanks for the quick response. We would love to have you participate in our process. When we conduct our endorsement process it is to educate candidates about our issues and learn about your approach to public policy.
I will follow up in the next round of blast emails with our questionnaire. I think you may also enjoy the candidate briefing, even if ultimately you decide not to seek our endorsement.
Sent from my phone, please excuse brevity and typos.
On Aug 14, 2014, at 11:41 PM, Mark B Weiss wrote:
I don’t as a practice accept political contributions nor would I sign a contract pledging support to a third party or organization.
On the other hand, I am, in my opinion, consistently pro-worker, and went on record as one of only 50 Palo Altans to opposed Measure D in 2011 which succeeded in undermining cba of our public safety union.
Do you still want to meet me, given those parameters?
student of Bruce Nelson on labor history at Dartmouth, 1985
praiseworthy of William Gould in a puff piece on baseball history and labor
for rent control in Palo Alto
for minimum standards for musicians, based on union service model, at Palo Alto co-sponsored events ($75 per service for individuals, $150 for group)
On Aug 14, 2014, at 11:33 PM, Dennis Raj wrote:
Dear Mr. Weiss:
The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, Committee on Political Education (COPE) cordially invites you to participate in our official endorsement process for the City of Palo Alto. The Labor Council represents 89 affiliated unions and over 100,000 union members in Santa Clara and San Benito counties.
To participate in the endorsement process, you will be asked to complete a candidate questionnaire as well as attend an interview with members of our COPE Committee. Questionnaires will be sent to you in a separate email with detailed instructions regarding their completion.
Candidate interviews are scheduled for the night of Tuesday, August 26 at the Labor Council, located on 2102 Almaden Road in San Jose. Due to the number of candidates participating in the endorsement process, the tentative window for interviews is 6:00pm to 9:30pm on August 26. Time slots for your jurisdiction will be confirmed shortly. Please be aware, each panel will last approximately twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes.
You are also invited to participate in a Candidate Briefing with presentations by labor leaders and subject matter experts on Wednesday, August 20 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The briefing is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the Labor Movement and to seek clarification on issues or terms included in the candidate questionnaire.
Please RSVP for the candidate briefing and interview by phone at 408-606-2062 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include your availability on August 26 to facilitate scheduling.
We look forward to the opportunity to consider you for endorsement.
Dennis Raj, Political Director
South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
Dennis Raj, Political Director
South Bay Labor Council