Friday, December 14, 2018

Union Boss Regan claims Democracy caused the Housing Crisis

Dave Regan, SEIU-UHW advocates  ignoring voters and elected officials and passing top down planning from Sacramento.  He sits on the CASA Oversight Committee .  According to this blog he has had many problems with the law

He considers himself an "old school" union boss

Who is the Union Boss telling CASA to ignore Local Democracy?

Breaking: SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan Reportedly Arrested after Breaking the Arm of Hospital Association's Process Server

SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan

Sources report that SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan was arrested after breaking the arm of a process server who served legal documents, authored by the California Hospital Association (CHA), on Regan at his home in Kensington, California.

According to a reliable source, the Kensington Police Department will soon forward Regan's arrest records to the District Attorney for possible criminal prosecution.

Four sources have corroborated the incident. Here's what they say.

The process server reportedly attempted to serve the legal documents when Regan answered his front door on Beloit Avenue.

Regan, rather than accept the documents, violently pushed the process server down the stairs, breaking his arm. When the police arrived at the scene, say sources, Regan got into an altercation with the police and was arrested.

According to court records, the CHA recently served a variety of legal motions on SEIU-UHW officials in response to Regan’s November 2015 lawsuit against the CHA.

On January 25, for example, a CHA process server delivered legal motions to SEIU-UHW's attorney, Eduardo Roy of Prometheus Partners, at the firm's a law firm in San Francisco. Those documents sought the court's permission for the CHA to formally intervene in Regan's lawsuit.

On January 26, the CHA filed its own lawsuit against SEIU-UHW alleging that Regan violated a gag clause contained in his secret partnership deal with CHA officials.

For those familiar with Dave Regan’s history, the reports of his arm-breaking assault will not be surprising. Regan reportedly has a history of violent encounters, including fistfights at SEIU events, some of which were reportedly fueled by alcohol.

In 2008, Regan led busloads of SEIU staffers and supporters in an attack against a national conference held by "Labor Notes," a network of union activists seeking to democratize and reform US labor unions. Regan's troops violently forced their way into the conference in Dearborn, Michigan, where they reportedly punched, kicked and knocked participants to the floor.

Regan's troops assaulting the Labor Notes conference: 2008

One female conference attendee was sent to the hospital with cuts and other injuries to her head.

Tragically, one of the members of Regan's union at the time, SEIU 1199 West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, died during Regan's assault from a heart attack.

John Sweeney (then President of the AFL-CIO) denounced Regan's attack on the conference, stating: "There is no justification -- none -- for the violent attack orchestrated by SEIU," according to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

When Regan parachuted into California in 2009, sources say he schooled SEIU-UHW's staff in his "old school ways," including the use of threats and intimidation against the union's members and its critics.

During a 2009 election among homecare workers in Fresno County, SEIU staffers reportedly threatened immigrant home care workers with deportation unless they voted for SEIU-UHW, according to TV news coverage and video-taped testimonials of workers and SEIU staff.

During NLRB elections at Kaiser Permanente, SEIU-UHW employed a "World War III" strategy designed to intimidate its members by employing, for example, violent "shout downs" against union members.

In one infamous incident inside a hospital cafeteria, SEIU-UHW staffer Tiffany Ford issued death threats against Kaiser employees… for which a Los Angeles Superior Court judge imposed a restraining order on her.

Another SEIU-UHW staffer, Liz Castillo, became a YouTube sensation (88,000 views) for her violent assault in a hospital cafeteria captured on videotape.

SEIU-UHW -- including staffer Angela Hewett -- even threatened and intimidated 80-year-old labor legend Dolores Huerta, who co-founded of the United Farm Workers Union with Cesar Chavez. In one incident, SEIU-UHW representatives shamefully screamed at Ms. Huerta to "go back to the fields."

All of which raises important questions:

Why did SEIU officials -- including Andy Stern and Mary Kay Henry -- install a man with a history of violence to head a union of healthcare workers in California?

And why have Henry and SEIU's International Executive Board allowed Regan to remain in his seat atop one of SEIU's largest local unions in the nation despite his repeated acts of intimidation and violence -- including his latest assault against a processor, who good just as easily be a union member?

Are SEIU presidents and officers permitted to break the arms of court workers without being held accountable?

Stay tuned.

Preview YouTube video "BuryThem" SEIU's Dave Regan Fresno Speech May 31, 2009

"BuryThem" SEIU's Dave Regan Fresno Speech May 31, 2009
Preview YouTube video TV coverage of SEIU's threats against immigrant workers and homecare providers

TV coverage of SEIU's threats against immigrant workers and homecare providers
Preview YouTube video Workers blow whistle on SEIU election fraud

Workers blow whistle on SEIU election fraud

The CASA Compact is approved and Pat Eklund defends local democracy

As usual, Pat Eklund spoke eloquently in defense of local democracy and urged the board to wait until the ABAG general assembly.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

They Saved Marin in the 50s and 60s from this Awful Future

Editor's Note: You simply must go to this wonderful new website to see the San Francisco Bay that might have been HERE .  It is a wonderful tribute to the gallant efforts of people to save our treasured county.  It is a positive crime that the same forces of urbanization are being championed by Steve Kinsey, Kate Sears and Katie Rice under the false flag of environmentalism. Plan Bay Area imposes rapid urbanization of Marin and the other counties in the Bay Area. These are just a few of the stories.  We will Save Marin Again!

Marincello: Invisible City

Marincello may be the iconic example of “what might have been”. Instead of miles of hiking trails, epic vista points, and the occasional bobcat or hawk sighting, one could find themselves standing amongst cul-de-sacs ringed by multiple-car garages and private backyards.

Such was the aim of Marincello, a planned community for 25,000 residents on 2,100 Headland acres proposed in 1964 by Pittsburgh developer Thomas Frouge. The plan included model homes, a mile-long mall, and central high-rise hotel. Financially backing the project was Gulf Oil.

Support for the plan came from local newspapers and on November 12, 1965, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the Marincello plan. According to John Hart: “Three attorneys labored on this seemingly lost cause: Robert Praetzel of San Rafael, and Martin Rosen and Douglas Ferguson of Sausalito… ‘I got involved not so much for an environmental purpose as a civic

Marin Voice: Companies need to take responsibility for housing shortage

Marin Voice: Companies need to take responsibility for housing shortage

December 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

Hiding behind the public narrative of “housing shortage” lies an ongoing corporate pattern of dumping costs on others. They’re doing it now with housing, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is cooperating. It’s time we changed the playing field. Here’s my suggestion.

No problems exists in a vacuum. Causing the “housing crisis” is bulging growth in jobs and accompanying office space, creating a major imbalance.

When a similar imbalance occurs inside a corporation (say, hiring new employees without having the needed desks, chairs, office space, telephone, etc.), the company brings together the affected departments, agrees on the solution, and writes new procedures or rules to prevent the problem’s reoccurrence, (e.g., the personnel department must notify the office-space-management department of new hires).

But we are not watching a rational, problem-solving process here. We are watching a public political discussion — where we can be sure the public story line is largely controlled by, and financially benefits, the powerful and wealthy.

Googling the money trail supporting the elected officials who define the problem as a “housing crisis” reveals these beneficiaries. It is (no surprises here) corporations and real estate and construction groups, each with a vested interest in deflecting public attention away from the irresponsibility of companies building office space, regardless of the associated cost of social services — including housing, schools, roads, etc.

Companies externalize costs when possible. It’s their legal responsibility to maximize stockholder profits. If it’s cheaper to dump toxic waste into the local river than to process it, a company will do that, and will fight any action that makes it take responsibility — unless every company has to do this, i.e. unless society establishes a new level playing field.

Nationwide, the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupation Safety and Health Administration help create a level and socially desirable corporate playground regarding the environment and safety. It’s time we did this in the Bay area with another social cost –housing.

Most people don’t like our out-of-balance region, where the steroid-fed San Francisco/Silicon Valley job magnet creates problems for the rest of us. In their heart of hearts, public officials in cities such as Brisbane or Emeryville aren’t proud of grabbing a disproportionate share of high tax commercial space, while ignoring the effect this has on their neighbors. But current financial tax incentives motivate cities to grab what they can. See the full article HERE

Wednesday, December 12, 2018



The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area (DFW) will be the new headquarters of McKesson, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributor, the company announced this week. DFW will now have three of the top 10 companies in the Fortune 500 (ranked by total revenue). No other metropolitan area has more than one of the top 10. Dallas-Fort Worth is also home to Exxon-Mobil, the second largest company and AT&T, ranked ninth.
This continues the high-profile exodus of companies from California, with its high cost of living and Chief Executive Magazine ranking as the worst state for business. Not surprisingly, McKesson chose the state ranked as best for business, Texas.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Marinwood CSD Architect Bill Hansell accuses public of slander (because they ask about his billing?)

If I didn't see the above letter, I wouldn't believe how badly Architect Bill Hansell has behaved.  In February 2018, Marinwood CSD manager Eric Dreikosen hired an "unnamed architect" for the Marinwood Maintenance shed project for the "all inclusive price of $12,000".  Later, we found out that it was former CSD Director, Bill Hansell who had hired Eric Dreikosen in 2016.  Why wasn't this revealed?

I have gotten to know Bill Hansell over the years and know while he can be intemperate at times, he also has a positive vision for the community which I share.  From the start of this project I have wanted to work with Bill but it was not to be. 

Hansells billing stopped before reaching $12,000 and he has worked many hours from May 2018 until December 2018.  We simply wanted to know how much his services are costing the district.

Already, Hansell pushed the design from a small 1200 sf garage to a 4400 square foot compound that easily will cost at least five times the original proposal in 2017.   He refused to meet with the public to work out our concerns with the size, location and environment. Despite a large petition of residents asking for a public process to examine alternative designs,  the Marinwood CSD has attempted to seek a Design Review Exemption that would prevent a public hearing on the Marinwood CSD proposal.  (There are many issues of concern to be considered).

Now, Hansell is behaving quite poorly, as though a request for financial accountability is unwarranted and his character is being maligned.  We will let you judge it for yourself.  

Is Hansell Design's billing practice acceptable for a public project?  

Marinwood CSD meeting for Tuesday December 11, 2018 postponed

 Meeting cancelled tonight.  

Just received this note from the CSD Manager, Eric Dreikosen :

This evening’s scheduled Marinwood CSD Board of Directors meeting has been postponed to a date to be determined.  Due to unplanned circumstances, the Board is not able to field a quorum of Directors for this evening’s meeting.  Proper notice of a make-up meeting date will be posted and distributed as soon as it is determined.

The Dixie "Change the Name" Folks make their case at the November 2018 School Board meeting

Editor's Note: Here are the arguments for changing the name of the school district made at the November 2018 Dixie School Board meeting.   While I support the change of the Dixie School name,  I find there are good points on both sides of the argument.  It will be helpful if we can listen to each other. There is no reason to divide the community.

I recommend a public debate and community forum to discuss this issue.  If we are going to change the name, lets have a fundraiser to pay for the change.  This process can be very positive for the community and lead to a deeper understanding.

We are neighbors. 

Marin City gets a new developer to "improve" their community

Monday, December 10, 2018

Marinwood CSD meeting packet for Tuesday December 11, 2018

The Government Takings of Private Property coming to a community near you.

Government Takings of Private Property: Susette Kelo's Story from Mackinac Center on Vimeo.

The senate passed new laws allowing the government to yake property WITHOUT finding cause of blight.  This means perfectly nice neighborhoods could be removed to build high density apartment building in transit corridors.   We have heard that Steve Kinsey and other supervisors are eyeing Marinwood/Lucas Valley for their Smart Growth development BEYOND the affordable housing components.  A series of bus shelters in reportedly being planned for Lucas Valley road.  

If true, this will open a flood gate of new public and private development.   Whenever I speak with pro growth people in Southern Marin about fairness, they reply, "You have room for growth in Marinwood/Lucas Valley. We are all built out in my neighborhood."

Our fore bearers wisely bought open space to PROTECT the land and community from excess development.  We will Save Marin Again!