Considering how hard she’s been pushing for Measures V and W, former vice mayor Pat Dando might be having second thoughts about her star turn, back in 2000, in some San Jose Fire Fighter’s Union promotional videos. Since June’s primary election, the Chamber of Commerce chief has been outspoken about public employee cost-cutting. Now she’s at the forefront of the campaign to repeal binding arbitration, a move to reduce labor costs and the subject of the two November ballot measures.
Of course, the fire and police unions are against the measures. And Dando can now be seen in two spots on SanJoseFireFacts.com, a firefighters union’s website, chatting about the importance of maintaining public safety funding.
Backed by a high-energy soundtrack that would seem more appropriate to an Angelina Jolie action-adventure flick, Dando seems to be opposing the very measures she is helping spearhead: “During my time as vice mayor and city councilmember, I was very pleased that the city council had the wisdom to approve the strategy for making sure we had a fire department that would serve us well,” she says.
The website, which is run by Randy Sekany’s Local 230, also offers up fear-inducing facts about how response times will be affected by the two referenda. Next to Dando’s mug, a blurb reads: “Is it possible that City Administrators have cut too far? None of us want anything similar to what happened on May 9, 2009.” That links to a Columbus Dispatch news story about a toddler and baby that were killed in a fire in Ohio.
Perhaps Dando’s reaction to these videos will be the same as her response to Sal Pizarro when he asked her about popping onstage with the Funkadelic genius George Clinton at the San Jose Jazz Festival on Friday the 13. “It seemed like a really good idea when they suggested we do it.”