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  • CTA Riders Complained Of Dropped Calls Before Arrest Of Alleged Cell Phone Jammer

    03/10/2016 11:53:05 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 23 replies
    chicagocbs ^ | March 9, 2016 | Audrina Bigos
    CHICAGO (CBS) –A 63-year-old Chicago man was charged Tuesday with using an illegal device to get some peace and quiet on the CTA. CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports it isn’t the first time the man has been accused of jamming cell phones and lots of complaints about dropped calls raised some eyebrows. With a ball cap and business casual attire, the certified public accountant Dennis Nicholl walked out of jail after being charged with a felony for use of a signal jamming device. Keegan Goudie says the device, “stuck out like a sore thumb” so much so that he and...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago's new transit chief got sweet pension deal

    06/22/2015 5:37:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/20/2015 | Chris Fusco, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth
    When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times .. Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved to Washington, D.C., to take a post as a top lawyer in...
  • Judge to rule on free-speech question in Chicago mayor race

    04/01/2015 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Pantagraph ^ | 4-1-2015
    A federal judge says he'll decide soon on whether the Chicago Transit Authority must let employees distribute campaign leaflets in break rooms that oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election bid. U.S. District Judge Robert Dow began hearing testimony Wednesday on a temporary restraining order that would force the transportation agency to allow the materials in advance of the April 7 runoff election. Dow told attorneys he hopes to rule by noon Thursday. The Amalgamated Transit Union filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Tuesday accusing the CTA of violating its members' free-speech rights. It claims the CTA allowed the distribution of...
  • California’s teachers union hears the footsteps of workers’ freedom

    08/18/2014 10:16:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    he California Teachers Association (CTA) has quietly started to prepare its members for life after extortion. It has put together a report titled “Not if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share,” in which it acknowledges that the days of being able to extort teachers to bribe Democrats may be fast coming to an end. Automatic, compulsory union membership for teachers is being challenged in court and the thugs that run the state’s biggest teachers union can see the outcome will lead to an end of their cushy lives. They have prepared a slideshow outlining the “terrible consequences”...
  • Teacher on Unions: ‘Felt Like Little Children Being Bullied on a Playground’

    08/13/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 13, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, spoke at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2014. ( Starr) ( – Teachers who left labor unions connected with their jobs said on Tuesday that they felt “bullied” for their opposition to compulsory membership and payment of dues that funded political activities. “We literally felt like little children being bullied on a playground,” Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, said at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friedrichs, who is also...
  • Government Employee Unions Tee Up California's Bankruptcy

    05/17/2014 10:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/17/2014 | Bill Frezza
    Half a Billion Dollars. That’s how much the California Teachers Association and the powerful Service Employees International Union have spent on California politics since 2000. The unions’ return on that “investment”? A legislature totally beholden to them for political support and campaign contributions. Here’s another mind-boggling number: Half a Trillion Dollars. That’s an estimate of the unfunded public pension liabilities racked up by California’s state and municipal governments due to overly generous pay and defined benefit pension plans lavished on unionized government employees. If you thought the bankruptcies of Stockton, San Bernardino, and Vallejo were entertaining, break out the popcorn...
  • Chalkboard Rebellion in the Golden State

    05/12/2013 6:28:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 12, 2013 | Neil McCabe
    Ten California teachers are suing to break one of the strongest iron triangles in American politics, where the taxpayers pay the teachers; the teachers’ union supports candidates and referenda, and that leads eventually to the teachers getting better pay, benefits and working conditions. A civil rights law firm filed a federal law suit April 30 on behalf of 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International challenging the state’s closed shop law that has them contributing to support political activity they opposed. "Individual teachers have a constitutional right to decide for themselves whether to join a union and financially...

    03/24/2013 1:53:18 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 23 March 2013 | John Bennett
    The Chicago Transit Authority, one of the largest employers in Chicago, has a dramatic racial imbalance in its workforce, records show. Data obtained by WND through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that whites and Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in the Chicago Transit Authority workforce.
  • Hey, Fat Cat Unions: Pay Your “Fair Share”

    12/06/2012 1:30:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Message for wealth-bashing millionaire actor Ed Asner: Man up and take responsibility for lying to America's schoolchildren. Confronted by a producer for Fox News Channel's "The Sean Hannity Show" this week, the left-wing celebrity claimed he couldn't remember "a thing (he) said" on a vile propaganda video produced and published by the California Federation of Teachers. Asner narrated the unforgettable eight-minute anti-capitalist screed geared toward children. Think Occupy Wall Street meets Sesame Street. "Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore," Asner warbles in a folksy grandpa voice....
  • Landmark California school law wins key court ruling

    10/19/2012 10:28:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/19/12 | Dan Walters
    Gloria Romero grew up in Barstow, the daughter of a railroad worker, and like many of the desert community's young, left for the big city – in her case Los Angeles, where she earned advanced degrees, and became a college professor and later a Democratic state legislator. By happenstance, however, Romero's most important legislation – empowering parents to take control of failing public schools – is making its first impact in Adelanto, just a few miles from Barstow. This week, a San Bernardino County judge ordered Adelanto's school board to stop stalling and grant the charter school petition of parents...
  • Gloria Romero: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer

    09/05/2012 1:19:27 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," and it operates not unlike other wealthy kleptocracies. "There's no other way to say it politely. It's owned."
  • Prop. 32: What really scares California's big unions

    08/28/2012 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/24/2012 | Larry Sand
    Michael Hiltzik infers in his column Sunday that Proposition 32 is a big lie -- because it prohibits both corporations and labor unions such as the California Teachers Assn. from extracting involuntary political contributions from the paychecks of workers. Hiltzik argues that its prohibition of corporate deductions is of minor impact, but that union political fund-raising will be crippled. He is amazingly untroubled by the fact that taking such payroll deductions for political purposes without consent is patently immoral. Why should a worker have some of his forced union dues spent on candidates or causes that he doesn't agree with?...
  • California Teachers Declare Independence from State and National Teachers Unions

    06/06/2012 8:04:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    In a bold move for teacher independence in Fresno, California, a group of local teachers, led by veteran educator Mike Cerrillo, recently voted to disaffiliate from the California Teacher Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA) in favor of local representation. The newly formed Washington Unified Faculty Association (WUFA) will now bargain independently and rely on the non-union Association of American Educators for nonbargaining member benefits and services such as liability insurance and legal counsel. The process to sever ties with the CTA/ NEA was lengthy and often dramatic for this tight-knit group of hardworking teachers. In the diverse...
  • The Worst Union in America

    05/23/2012 4:43:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2012 | TROY SENIK
    In 1962, as tensions ran high between school districts and unions across the country, members of the National Education Association gathered in Denver for the organization’s 100th annual convention. Among the speakers was Arthur F. Corey, executive director of the California Teachers Association (CTA). “The strike as a weapon for teachers is inappropriate, unprofessional, illegal, outmoded, and ineffective,” Corey told the crowd. “You can’t go out on an illegal strike one day and expect to go back to your classroom and teach good citizenship the next.” Fast-forward nearly 50 years to May 2011, when the CTA—now the single most powerful...
  • And the Red Ink Flows Freely on the Red Line

    04/28/2012 7:10:24 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What Chicagoans now call The Red Line is a century-old commuter train, part of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It runs all the way from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south. As Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah famously said of nearby Lake Shore Drive, it’ll take you “from rags on up to riches” in just fifteen minutes. But unlike the scenic LSD, this train line can also give you a close-up view of some pretty rough neighborhoods, making some stations very dangerous. And the more dangerous a place is, the more you put off repairing it, until the cost...
  • Judge tentatively rules for California in school funding suit

    03/27/2012 5:32:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/27/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    In a court battle that could shape how schools are funded, a judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that California lawmakers can reduce education funding by diverting state revenues into new pots of money. School boards and administrators sued the state last fall alleging that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers had shortchanged schools by shifting about $5 billion in sales tax revenues to counties in a new realignment fund. Under voter-approved Proposition 98, the state is required to devote a specified share of overall general fund revenues to K-12 schools and community colleges. School officials said that by diverting $5 billion in...
  • CALIFORNIA: Two-thirds vote still has a role in the Legislature

    07/13/2011 10:42:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/13/11 | Dan Walters
    When voters passed a union-backed measure last year to reduce the legislative vote on the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority – thereby eliminating Republican leverage – skeptics said it could foster legislative mischief. Proposition 25 applied not only to the budget but "trailer bills" that the Legislature deemed necessary to implement the budget. And all budget bills would take effect immediately with a governor's signature, making any challenge via referendum legally doubtful. That legislative loophole, this column and other analysts pointed out, would make it easy to push major pieces of policy legislation through the Capitol with...
  • Brown's Countdown, Day 172: California teachers win big in state budget deal

    06/30/2011 10:53:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/30/11 | Kevin Yamamura and Diana Lambert
    Teachers win layoff protection while school finance officials see their powers curtailed in the state budget package Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign today. The last-minute school legislation, Assembly Bill 114, emerged publicly less than an hour before lawmakers approved it in a late-evening Tuesday session. It reflects the negotiating muscle of teachers as Democratic lawmakers crafted their majority-vote budget with a governor of their own party.
  • Protesters decry Calif budget cuts' effects on students [If we don't get extension,public ed dies]

    05/13/2011 8:16:34 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
    Hundreds rally in downtown Pershing Square, urging legislators for ballot measures to fund schools. A teachers' union leader is released after his arrest in Sacramento with 25 others. By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times May 14, 2011 Hundreds of teachers, parents and students rallied in Pershing Square on Friday to protest budget cuts and urge legislators for ballot measures to help fund education. The protest was part of a weeklong series of events around the state intended to draw attention to education funding. Over the past three years, state lawmakers have approved nearly $20 billion in cuts to K-12 schools...
  • Education protesters arrested at Capitol, including CTA president

    05/13/2011 10:39:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Updated 5/13/11 | Matt Kawahara
    More than two dozen teachers were arrested at the state Capitol on Thursday evening while protesting against deeper cuts to education in the state budget. Twenty-eight people were arrested after they remained in the building after it closed and refused to leave despite multiple requests by California Highway Patrol officers, said CHP spokesman Officer Sean Kennedy. "At least half of them said, point blank, 'no,' and the rest of them just basically refused to leave, at which time the parties were arrested," Kennedy said. The California Teachers Association issued a release saying 26 of its members were arrested, including President...
  • John and Ken to hold counterprotest in Fullerton today.

    05/12/2011 11:43:31 PM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 2 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/12/11 | WILLIAM DIEPENBROCK
    This week's series of rallies by teachers unions and their allies have prompted plans for a counterprotest at 3 p.m. today in Fullerton by KFI radio show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. The radio duo, which frequently crusades against tax hikes, is urging listeners to rally at the same time as a planned teacher demonstration – a move that could bring hundreds of the John and Ken Show's 1 million listeners to the community.
  • Union to launch ad blitz on budget in GOP districts

    05/12/2011 12:29:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/12/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    The state's largest public employee union, Service Employees International Union California, will launch a "seven-figure" ad campaign Friday targeting GOP members who could vote for a budget deal. Coupled with ongoing protests and rallies organized by the California Teachers Association, the SEIU ad campaign marks an aggressive new approach by Democratic allies in the days leading up to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget revision Monday. The ads will air on broadcast and cable television stations in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto market, as well as Fresno, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. SEIU also plans to air radio ads. The media spots play heavily...
  • Will teachers' message change hearts or harden them?

    05/12/2011 7:59:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 5/12/11 | Jon Ortiz
    The exhortation, intoned with the moral authority of a preacher who has marched for justice, whipped up the crowd. "This is holy work!" the Rev. James Lawson said Monday to 1,000 teachers as they prepared to march on the Capitol. "You are about holy business! You are walking on holy ground as you confront the economic domination and the exploitation of the poor by the rich!" Lawson, who worked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was one of several religious and labor leaders who cast California's fiscal battle in stark moral terms at the California Teachers Association's noon rally:...
  • California teachers' budget protests include tax pitch, arrests

    05/10/2011 1:03:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/10/11 | Jon Ortiz and David Siders
    The state's largest teachers union revved up its faithful Monday to lean on state lawmakers to extend current tax rates – and eventually increase them. The daylong rally by the California Teachers Association kicked off a week of budget lobbying, press events and teach-ins by the union. Their plans and those of anti-war protesters this week prompted stepped-up Capitol security over concerns that some activists might stage Wisconsin-style sit-ins at the Capitol or commit other acts of civil disobedience. Although law enforcement officials said the crowds were generally peaceful, they arrested about 65 protesters after warning them to leave the...
  • Students and Teachers take over the CA Capital *PICTURES*

    05/10/2011 10:39:45 AM PDT · by Jayster · 38 replies
    Took some pictures of the CA Capital Takeover and there were arrests. BTW....there is also a picture of Blair Underwood in the gallery. He just happened to be at the Capital and I am pretty sure is unrelated to the protest.
  • California teachers rally against budget cuts ("public isn't paying for subs")

    05/10/2011 4:53:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 10, 2011 | Jill Tucker,Wyatt Buchanan
    Several hundred California teachers left their classrooms in the hands of substitutes Monday to participate in demonstrations in Sacramento, saying the fight against extensive budget cuts to education was worth the time away from teaching kids. The educators rallied downtown and then marched to the Capitol, where they visited lawmakers and gave them letters outlining the potential impact of an all-cuts solution to California's remaining $15.4 billion deficit, $4 billion of which could be slashed from the public school system. ....Teachers traveled to Sacramento from as far away as San Diego, although a majority of them came from the Bay...
  • CHP begins arresting protestors at Capitol (CTA members pushing for tax hikes on the 'rich')

    05/09/2011 8:59:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    sac bee ^ | 5/9/11 | Dan Smith
    The California Highway Patrol has begun arresting protesters at the Capitol, after warning about 65 to leave the building after its 6 p.m. closing. The daylong protest, organized by the California Teachers Association, drew about 1,000 protesters for various activities. About 150 moved into the rotunda in late afternoon, and some of them refused to leave at closing time. .. Mike Parker, a community college teacher who expected to be arrested, said the protest is to provide a "moral witness...What's happening in this society is totally out of kilter," he said.
  • Teachers, other groups rally for tax extensions, hikes

    05/09/2011 5:33:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/9/11 | Jon Ortiz
    About 1,000 teachers, parents, school support workers and religious leaders came to the Capitol today and urged lawmakers today to pass a tax extension to avoid deeper cuts to education budgets around the state. About 150 protesting educators left their sit-in near the governor's office and moved to the Capitol rotunda around 5 p.m., shouting "They say cut back. We say fight back. Tax, tax, tax the rich! We can solve the deficit." A rally that started at Cathedral Square one block from the Capitol late in the morning, took on the air of a spiritual revival as blue-shirted members...
  • Cindy Sheehan to protest at state Capitol

    05/06/2011 2:17:37 AM PDT · by South40 · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5/5/2011 | Brian Joseph
    Cindy Sheehan, the Northern California peace activist who rose to prominence for starting an encampment near President Bush‘s Texas ranch, will headline a week-long occupation of the State Capitol next week to protest proposed spending cuts and encourage lawmakers to extend tax hikes. Initially proposed by the California Teachers Association, the occupation has expanded to include protesters with the California Alliance for Retired Americans and the fringe Peace and Freedom political party as well as peace organizations Veterans for Peace and Peace of the Action, of which Sheehan is national director. Sheehan, speaking at a Thursday morning press conference at...
  • LAUSD shortens school day for teacher protest

    05/04/2011 5:25:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2011 | By Jason Song
    The Los Angeles school district will hold a shortened day of classes on May 13 to accommodate a planned teachers union protest without interrupting standardized testing on most campuses. Dismissal time will vary from school to school but could be up to several hours earlier than normal. Schools will be required to make up the lost time from the shortened day later in the year, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials. The teachers' demonstration is aimed at encouraging state legislators to place tax extensions on the fall ballot to provide continued funding to school districts. L.A. Unified faces...
  • Teachers still calling for Legislature to scuttle election idea

    04/27/2011 7:31:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/27/11 | Kevin Yamamura, Torey Van Oot
    A top adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Wednesday the governor would veto legislative tax proposals that do not require voter approval, but the California Teachers Association remains steadfast in its belief that lawmakers should pass taxes without going to the ballot. Brown aide Steve Glazer posted on Twitter this morning that if there's two-thirds legislative support for taxes, "there's 2/3 to override Gov veto." California Teachers Association President David Sanchez said later that the Education Coalition, which includes a variety of school organizations, still does not believe taxes should be settled at the ballot. Sanchez first made this point...
  • California Teachers Association launches TV ad urging lawmakers to solve budget

    04/19/2011 7:59:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/19/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Brown's Countdown, Day 100: California Teachers Association launches TV ad urging lawmakers to solve budget -- Day 100 in a 60-day quest for a budget deal -- The California Teachers Association launched a new television ad statewide Monday urging lawmakers to balance the budget, implying they should do so with taxes and without going to the voters.The state's largest teachers union diverged last week from Gov. Jerry Brown on whether the state should ask voters to extend higher tax rates on sales, vehicles and income. Brown promised last year he would not raise taxes without a vote – and said...
  • When Unions Get Desperate

    04/16/2011 2:14:05 PM PDT · by rhema · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/14/11 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    There haven't been any major earthquakes or wildfires in California recently, but teachers apparently think that the potential budget cuts to education merit a "State of Emergency Week." The California Teachers Association, the state's largest teachers union, is planning a week of activities in May. The goal is to pressure Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature to raise taxes rather than cut education spending. Earlier this week the union posted a 10-page list of potential activities on its website, Ideas included stalking legislators for a day; boycotting corporations like Microsoft that advocate for education reform; attempting to...
  • Teachers' union plan built on emotion

    04/14/2011 8:24:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SacBee: The Buzz ^ | 4/14/11 | Dan Smith
    The California Teachers Association this week declared a "State of Emergency" over the state budget and potential deep cuts to schools. It posted a 15-page "plan of action" on its website to help teachers, parents – and apparently children – lobby for tax extensions. Some of the union's ideas went beyond the usual letter-writing and rallying: • Attempt to close a major artery into town/cities. • Turn fire/earthquake drill into crisis response drill to the budget cuts (involve students and the community). • "Penny drive" where kids empty piggy banks to support teachers and deposit in the state Capitol. •...
  • California Teachers Association $1 Million “State of Emergency” Protests May Include Road Closures

    04/13/2011 1:20:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/13/2011 | Mike Antonucci
    Earlier today, I posted about the California Teachers Association’s plan to occupy the State Capitol on May 9-13 as part of the union’s protests to increase tax revenue for the state’s schools and teachers. I now have further information, including the news that CTA has budgeted $1 million for the protests.The union has set up a web site of material for activists at The documents include the handout I posted earlier, plus a 10-page list of “potential activities” the CTA State Council dreamed up. The State Council consists of more than 700 elected union representatives from all across the...
  • Teachers union wants Legislature to vote on taxes

    04/13/2011 8:12:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/13/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    The leader of California's largest teachers union said Tuesday that Gov. Jerry Brown should bypass voters and seek the approval of the Legislature for new taxes to close the state's deficit. David Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Association, said the union could have a harder time supporting an election later in the year, which is what would have to happen if the governor were to keep his campaign pledge. "If the governor were to propose an election say in September or November, it no longer becomes a question of extending the current taxes," Sanchez said. "It then becomes a...
  • Teachers, Assembly leader seeking taxes without ballot

    04/12/2011 3:44:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/12/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    The head of the California Teachers Association said Tuesday he wants state leaders to drop Gov. Jerry Brown's idea of asking voters to extend higher taxes and instead approve the taxes themselves in the Capitol. "I believe that as much as our governor has been extremely transparent and honest in doing what he told folks he'd do - which is let the people decide - it's too late for that," said CTA President David Sanchez in a phone interview. "Once you put it on the ballot after June, it's no longer an extension, it becomes new taxes. And once they're...
  • CA Teacher Pension Fund Shortfall Grows To $56 Billion

    03/31/2011 10:35:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    AP) ^ | March 31, 2011 9:45 AM
    The drop reported Thursday is enough to trigger an automatic increase in the amount the state must pay into the nation’s second largest public pension fund. Payments from California’s general fund will increase by 20 percent in the coming fiscal year, to $688 million.
  • CTA launches two new radio ads warning of cuts to schools

    03/23/2011 12:44:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/23/11 | Torey Van Oot
    California Teachers Association is ramping up pressure for Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators to strike a budget deal, airing two radio spots warning of the effects of teacher layoffs and other deep cuts to schools. The ad campaign comes as Brown continues his effort to call a special election on maintaining higher tax rates to help close a projected $26.6 billion deficit. K-12 and higher education are expected to take a big hit in funding if the taxes fail.
  • 2 men guilty in electrocution at CTA station

    03/15/2011 7:41:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 14, 2011 | Jason Meisner
    Separate juries found two men guilty of murder today in the electrocution death of a Chicago man who fell onto the tracks during a melee on a CTA Red Line platform. Maurice Evans, 25, and Antwaun Thompson, 29, were among four young men caught on Roosevelt subway station surveillance cameras kicking and beating Daniel McKenzie, 43, before he tumbled onto the electrified third rail. Evans briefly buried his face in his hands and shook his head when the verdict was announced. Hours later, Thompson remained expressionless as his verdict was read aloud.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate education post

    01/07/2011 3:15:38 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronical ^ | Friday, Jan 7, 2011 | Marisa Lagos
    California governors have appointed secretaries of education for decades, but political observers say it is no surprise Gov. Jerry Brown plans to eliminate the office. The new governor's plans reflect his no-frills style and his desire to flatten bureaucracies, beginning with the executive office. Some education officials have regarded the secretary as an unnecessary position: California already elects a superintendent of public instruction and has an 11-member board, appointed by the governor, to oversee the Department of Education. (snip) Education insiders are not expected to oppose the move, and many are cheering it. David Sanchez, president of the powerful California...
  • [CA] Jerry Brown: Taxes Need to Be Raised, Services Cut, Belts Tightened

    12/30/2010 2:03:49 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 99 replies · 376+ views
    KTLA ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | Brandi Hitt
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is getting ready to tell Californians the news they don't want to hear: Taxes need to be raised, services cut and belts tightened. His budget plan includes deep cuts to state services, including university systems and welfare programs, with a request that voters extend temporary tax hikes on vehicles, income and sales that are set to expire next year. The blueprint Brown will unveil when he takes office early next month also is expected to take aim at several tax breaks and subsidies that have been fiercely guarded by the business lobby in Sacramento, according...
  • CTA President David Sanchez has high hopes for Jerry Brown

    12/29/2010 4:07:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 4+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/29/10 | David Siders
    If Gov.-elect Jerry Brown proposes tax measures to voters next year as part of a package to resolve California's budget deficit, he may find no greater ally than David Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Association. The 325,000-member union spent millions helping the Democrat win. And Sanchez, weary of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and recurring cuts to education, believes Brown will sign a budget that is "hopefully not as devastating as it has been the last four years." "I think we'll have more input, more opportunity to sit down and tell him just how tough things are in the classroom,"...
  • Ad Watch: Teachers union ad misleads on Whitman's plan

    09/23/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/23/10 | Jack Chang
    The California Teachers Association is running a TV ad saying Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman could cut $7 billion in state education funding and lay off 100,000 teachers. Following is an analysis by Jack Chang of The Bee Capitol Bureau: Text If our future starts here, should California continue the cutbacks that are crippling our classrooms? Meg Whitman's plan says yes.Whitman's plan could cut another $7 billion from our schools. Teacher layoffs – 100,000 more. Thirty-three percent larger class sizes. And even more cuts to arts and music programs that deny our kids a well-rounded education.Tell Meg Whitman that cutting...
  • Comcast will air teachers union's re-lawyered anti-Meg Whitman ad Thursday

    09/16/2010 1:08:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/16/10 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    To follow up on something that we told you earlier would be happening, the California Teachers Association has lawyered up their Meg Whitman-bashing ad -- and the tweaks (roughly about four words)-- were enough to satisfy Comcast, which pulled the teachers' ad this week. The tweaked version is set to air Thursday morning all over Comcast. To catch up on this saga -- and for a peek at the backstage drama behind the making, airing, complaining about and lawyering of a political ad -- go here. Comcast was satisfied that the new ad will now refer to "Whitman's plan could...
  • Comcast pulled the teachers union anti-Meg Whitman ad because of what the union's lawyer wrote

    09/15/2010 4:55:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/15/10 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    s we told you about in the dead tree/SFGate Wednesday, Comcast pulled an ad produced by the California Teachers Union that was critical of GOP guv candidate Meg Whitman. We hear that another teachers ad is being produced with "a slight modification." Until that arrives, here's some details from the backstory on why Comcast pulled the original ad. Sorry we didn't have enough tree Wednesday to tell you about it. It provides a window into some of the backstage maneuvering of political campaigns. The drama started Friday, when Meg's attorney Thomas Hiltachk fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Comcast. It...
  • (Cartoon) SEIU & CTA to CA Taxpayers - "You're Just Gonna Have To Tighten Your Belt"

    04/19/2010 6:11:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies · 902+ views
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  • CA: Teachers' union leads list of biggest political spenders (last 10 years)

    03/10/2010 1:48:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 229+ views
    SaC bee ^ | 3/10/10 | Dan Walters
    The California Teachers Association has spent more than $200 million on campaign contributions and lobbying efforts in the last decade, leading what the Fair Political Practices Commission calls a "billion-dollar club" of moneyed political interests. The FPPC's report, entitled "Big Money Talks," delves into the 25 biggest - at least in financial terms - political players in the state, which have collectively spent $1.3 billion on political action in the last 10 years. "This tsunami of special interest spending drowns out the voices of average voters," FPPC chairman Ross Johnson said in a statement, "and intimidates political opponents and elected...
  • CTA Receives $1.5 Million Federal Grant For Electrified Vehicle Stalls

    03/08/2010 7:39:24 AM PST · by Thebaddog · 10 replies · 71+ views
    Chicagoist ^ | 3.5.10 | CTA
    The Chicago Transit Authority has received a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to construct electrified vehicle stalls that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and unnecessary fuel consumption. The stalls will deliver electrical power for up to 80 vehicles and provide services such as heating and air-conditioning to vehicles that would otherwise be left idling during overnight cleaning, said a press release from Sen. Dick Durbin's office. The electricity would also help to reduce diesel consumption and emissions from parked buses in Chicago and suburban areas. "The funding announced...will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Chicago,"...
  • Musician Bill Champlin leaves Chicago

    12/12/2009 9:28:11 PM PST · by Slump Tester · 4 replies · 531+ views ^ | August 11, 2009 | Ed Payne
    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Classic pop rock band Chicago and Grammy-Award-winning songwriter Bill Champlin have parted ways after nearly three decades together. "Bill Champlin is no longer in Chicago. He was a long-time band member and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his new solo project, for which he's worked long and hard.," a statement from Chicago's management said Monday "After 28 years with Chicago, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Bill Champlin is parting ways with the classic jazz/rock band to focus once again on his solo career," Champlin's publicist Judi Kerr said of the split.