An odd alliance seems to have been forged between the left-leaning South Bay Labor Council boss Cindy Chavez and gang-bashing Republican crime-fighter Dolores Carr. Chavez last month made an impassioned plea to SBLC members for endorsing the district attorney, which reportedly surprised many of the executive board members and union delegates in attendance. According to a source who was present, Chavez stood and railed against challenger Jeff Rosen. Rosen, Chavez reasoned, is endorsed by Sam Liccardo, who is linked to former mayor Tom McEnery and Deputy District Attorney David Pandori.
Pandori was involved in prosecuting pro-labor lobbyists Tony Arreola and Sean Kali-Ray until Carr pulled him off the case and dropped charges. Carr also went easy on a former Chavez associate who hacked into Liccardo’s girlfriend’s email and posted material found there to an anonymous Labor Council-aligned smear blog.
According to Chavez, the Liccardo-Pandori-McEnery trinity would run the DA’s office behind the scenes, with Rosen as their front man. Chavez reportedly is concerned that the DA has the power to, say, bring corruption charges against politicians, and says she doesn’t trust Rosen. The audience of 60 or so presumably Democratic labor leaders was not impressed.
According to Fly’s source, the meeting grew heated after another audience member stood up to defend Rosen. The initial motion, to give a dual endorsement of both candidates, was defeated, and the second, to give a sole endorsement to Carr, was also defeated, in votes so contentious that instead of counting by a raise of hand, members were asked to walk to either side of the room to show their vote. “I have never seen anything like this before,” says Fly’s source. Finally, an open endorsement—essentially an endorsement of no one—was passed.