Santa Clara political consultant and blogger James Rowen believes that some members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors were taking direction from the South Bay Labor Council when the four survivors picked a June 4 election date for balloting to replace George Shirakawa Jr. The March 1 meeting tape shows Democratic Central Committee member and former union official Carol Garvey speaking in favor of a June 4 election before the supervisors picked that date over June 25. The 21-day difference would presumably favor a candidate with an organization and funding at the ready over independents and community members who step forward to run. The supervisors are expected to make a final determination at their March 12 meeting.—Editor
By James Rowen
This video of the Supervisors’ Shuffle may just go viral to anyone interesting in the future of Silicon Valley: http://bit.ly/YIjQP2
I don’t regularly watch Board of Supes meetings. Let’s face it, they’re just not as exciting as Santa Clara City Council meetings, and Santa Clara school boards remind me of the old Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW IS WAR.
Sure county issues are important, but I’d rather watch a council grapple with the issues of building an NFL stadium that will one day, and probably soon, bring a Super Bowl to the South Bay.
But I watched on Tuesday because I don’t often see a board trying to figure out how to replace a colleague who is being charged with five felonies. (Sorry, George Shirakawa, it has nothing to do with you being a Raiders fan. That would have been cause enough for a sixth felony.)
The board decided to hold a special election on June 4 because they didn’t want to look like 4 white guys telling East San Jose who should represent them. Brilliant political move.
I noticed something interesting in the process. Right around 1 hour and 10 minutes into the meeting, Supervisor Wasserman asks County Attorney Lori Pegg why they had to choose between June 4 and June 25. Pegg says June 25 is the latest date they could request, so the staff was preparing that as a recommendation. And they only added June 4 because an unnamed board office asked them to do so.
Wonder who the supe was? And why? Did someone move the meeting to help a friend? Let’s see, Supervisor Yeager and Supervisor Cortese are close to labor chief and failed mayoral candidate Cindy Chavez. She’s the candidate who has been gearing up to run for this since she stepped down from the South Bay Labor Council earlier this year to take over Working Partnerships.
Maybe Yeager and Cortese are her working partners….