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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 10:37 AM
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Beware the billionaires behind pension reform
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Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

SEIU Local 1021 leader Gabriel Haaland just pointed me to a Chronicle op-ed in which David Crane asks if public employees should have collective bargaining rights.

The Chron describes Crane as a Democrat, who was an adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now lectures on public policy at Stanford University and serves on the UC Board of Regents and the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

But Haaland points out that Crane is also the multi-millionaire former investment banker who donated $37,500 to Public Defender Jeff Adachis failed Measure B (pension "reform") last fall.

... But Crane isnt the only billionaire behind Measure Bs curtain. As Haaland points out in a recent SEIU flyer that says, Beware the Billionaires, Stop the Attacks on Public Workers, one of Prop. Bs biggest donors was Howard Leach, a billionaire financier and investor who served as George W. Bushs ambassador to France.

... SEIU's flyer suggests that folks need to wake to the fact that a bunch of extremely rich people were lurking behind the pension reform curtain, last fall, are likely waiting in the wings to finance another attempt this fall.

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