I’ve know Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer from my County Supervisor days and we enjoy a good relationship in Sacramento. So when I saw him at a reception last week, I thanked him for giving me so much business. His Assembly Bill 1250 has generated a number of appointment requests to lobby me to oppose his bill. It was my polite way of telling him that he is carrying a crappy bill. We laughed and he joked that I came from "county land."
The Press-Telegram has a guest editorial that provides the details of AB 1250 and that it will be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday.
The other major cause for appointment requests is the Cap and Trade bill the Governor is trying to get a two-thirds vote on. This effort will garner plenty of media attention between now and when the Legislature leaves for its summer break on July 21st. But, I digress.
AB 1250, and too many bills like it that I’ve seen over the past twenty-eight months in Sacramento, scream out a similar theme. Let’s give all of the work to highly paid and generously benefit-provided state employees. I’ve also seen bills that literally force out the use of outside contractors at the University of California’s ten campuses. And this is done in spite of protests from the UC system’s management against such bills.
Watching nonsense like this brings to mind the phrase "Who’s your Daddy?" Wikipedia provides an explanation of this phrase at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_your_daddy%3F_(phrase).
The public employee and certain private sector unions are so dominant in Sacramento, and the Democrats will do literally anything and everything that they ask, it definitely indicates that they are the Capitol’s "Daddy."
During Monday’s Senate Floor Session, I may just use this chant when opposing a few bills on the agenda. Look for me when these three bills come up. Here they are, along with the Legislative Digest language to describe what they do:
AB 673 (Chu) — This bill would require a public transit operator, before the procurement of a new bus to be used in revenue operations, to take into consideration recommendations of, and best practices standards developed by, the exclusive representative of the recognized organization representing bus operators of the transit operator for specified purposes, including, among other purposes, reducing the risk of assault on bus operators. By creating new duties for public transit operators, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
AB 1425 (Kalra) — This bill would require a contractor, within a designated time period, to provide specific written information to applicable apprenticeship committees whose geographic area of operation includes the area of the public works project. The bill would impose additional penalties for a violation of these various requirements, including, among others, prohibiting a contractor who knowingly commits 4 or more violations within a 3-year period to be ineligible to bid on or to be awarded or perform work on any public works contract for one year. (Nonunion contractors usually do not have apprenticeship programs.)
AB 1651 (Reyes) —
This bill, at least 2 business days before an academic employee of a community college is placed on involuntary paid administrative leave related to an allegation or allegations of misconduct, would require the employee to be provided with a copy of each written complaint related to the proposed involuntary paid administrative leave or the investigation of the allegation or allegations of misconduct, as applicable, or, if there is no written complaint, a notification in writing of the details of the allegation or allegations upon which the decision to place the employee on involuntary paid administrative leave is based, as specified. The bill would require at least 5 business days before an investigatory interview or other interrogation, the employee to be provided with this same information if there is no serious risk of physical danger or other documented necessity arising from the specific allegations and with, at minimum, the general nature of the accusations made against him or her, except as provided. The bill would further specify that the parties to an applicable collective bargaining agreement are entitled to negotiate additional policies and procedures relating to the investigation or involuntary paid administrative leave of an academic employee as long as those policies and procedures provide, at minimum, as much notice as required by the bill. The bill would provide that the identity of complainants are required to be disclosed unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law.
And this is just a sampling of what is coming up for a vote in the coming week. All these bills incrementally give public employee unions and private sector unions more and more power.
I’m an historian. If you want to see what happens to a union town, just visit the cities of Detroit or Flint in the state of Michigan. It’s not a pretty drive through the old industrial areas. If you want to see what happens to a union dominated state, just go to Google News and key in "Illinois finances." I’m just sayin’ "who’s your Daddy?"
AB1250 threatens ability to protect at-risk youth, families in crisis: Guest commentary
By Charles C. Rich
When it comes to protecting at-risk youth and families in crisis in Los Angeles County, our organization takes our responsibilities very seriously. That’s why we are vehemently opposed to Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones-Sawyer), which severely threatens the ability of organizations like ours to partner with Los Angeles County and other counties to provide essential services for the most vulnerable.
The bill would place significant new restrictions on the ability of counties to contract with community based organizations (CBOs), nonprofits, local businesses and other private providers of local services. Counties contract with organizations and businesses that have the expertise, capacity or ability to deliver services more efficiently.
Founded as an orphanage over a century ago, today David & Margaret Youth and Family Services serves more than 1,700 Southern California at-risk youth and family members annually. We specialize in caring for at-risk girls ages 11-19 by providing emergency and transitional shelter care and residential treatment. We provide foster care and adoption services for children 0-18. We help treat, prevent and raise awareness of substance abuse issues, as well as the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Our extensive services for young adults transitioning out of the foster care and probations systems include housing, case management, mental health services and workforce training.
Our mission is to empower children, youth and families through culturally diverse services that foster emotional, educational, spiritual and identity development. It’s a win-win for the county and for the clients/residents we serve on their behalf as we help them become self-sufficient and contributing members of society.
AB 1250 would impose unreasonable and excessive new burdens on nonprofits and private-sector contractors for the sole purpose of discouraging public/private partnerships. AB 1250 is sponsored by certain labor unions that want to force all services to be provided directly by counties so they’ll be required to increase full-time staff.
But that ignores the fact that some essential services — especially those for the most vulnerable — are often delivered more effectively and at a lower cost by local nonprofit organizations and private businesses.
Across Southern California, counties contract with local organizations to provide other services including family crisis response, community clinics, substance abuse programs, community mental health facilities, physicians and other staff in clinics and public hospitals, vocational training programs, cognitive behavior programs, mental health programs and substance abuse programs, and other public safety, social services and health care.
AB 1250 puts all of these services at risk.
The onerous bureaucratic obligations placed on contractors in AB 1250 create a huge disincentive for nonprofits, local businesses and CBOs to bid on any county contracts. For example, AB 1250 requires contractors to disclose personal information, including compensation data, of certain officers, directors, executives or employees of a company that contracts with counties.
AB 1250 also requires new auditing requirements and monthly disclosure reports at the expense of the contractors. This will put a chill on the private sector’s willingness to enter into contracts with counties to provide services. This could result in unnecessary gaps and delays in service delivery which can pose detrimental outcomes for the people benefiting from these programs.
Eliminating the ability of counties to contract out will not only result in an erosion of services, but it could mean increased costs for taxpayers. That will also divert county resources away from the delivery of other services.
AB 1250 will be heard July 5 in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Our local Sens. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina; Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys; Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach; John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, and Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, serve on this committee.
We urge them to protect services for our most vulnerable and reject this unnecessary, dangerous bill.
Charles C. Rich is executive director of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, based in La Verne.
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