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sweetcakes July 03, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Luis Alejo has also created legislation to delete what Watsonville voters worked for and voted onRead Morein June, Measures H, I and J. He is not only working against Watsonville voters but also against Watsonville workers and Calfornian workers who need to have a higher minimum wage. I plan to not vote for Alejo due to his dirty tricks! He doesn't represent me!
roynsann1 July 04, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Alejo represents himself. He is a ME man
P. W. July 07, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Oh how I am probably going to regret saying this on a public forum..... For starters, I amRead Morecurrently not sure where I stand on raising the minimum wage as of yet, but I am sure of the consequences. I have spoken with a few local business owners and the answer is the same across the board, they will raise their prices for their service or product. So, for every person receiving a pay increase or not, the result is higher spending for their needs. For those who do not qualify for a pay increase, we just get to pay MORE. Frankly, I am not interested in higher expenditures, as I am currently paying more for most items in my household than I was last year. One young cashier at a local store, who would "benefit" from this increase actually told me that she hoped it wouldn't pass as she was informed by her employer what the implications were going to be for everyone who shops there. She maintained that her employer did not use it as a scare tactic by any means, considering that the employer is a fair person who believes in the democratic process. But he did want to make his employees aware of the choices he would now face. This is an all to common scenario. I was personally told by three other business owners what the result of higher minimum wage would mean to the public. It is a great concept that a higher wage will equate to more available money for the average Joe, but what seems to be the case, at least locally, is the average Joe and everyone else from below average to above will just be spending more. I can't believe I am saying this, but I am personally glad that Alejo abstained from the vote. Yes, I know you want to send daggers through the computer at me by now! What needs to be addressed at a local level are the needs of the employers to run their businesses adequately and profitably, without pushing their fees for service/product beyond the general population's threshold. Lower income earners definitely need to have an income that allows them to have a better quality of life, but not at the expense of us all, including them. Not only are we all looking at higher costs for our daily needs, but you will see jobs disappear or simply not be created. How will this stabilize our local economy? And for those who can afford the increases, think about this. You will still be able to frequent your favorite restaurant, store, or local hang out, but there will be many more who will have to now choose what is most important to them. In return for a few more dollars, businesses could potentially lose daily customers due the costs now being prohibitive. Frankly, I can't see how this is "good business". So, until issues are addressed that work for everyone, I believe that Alejo may have done some good for once. Please don't hurt me.
Cathy P. June 29, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Roynsann: I think it's called pandering...follow the money...always (rofl).
roynsann1 June 29, 2014 at 07:20 PM
So true .. And did you read the latest on the Martin Beach that Alejo abstained from (misspelledRead Moreabs tained). Great article.
David H. Perez June 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Gee, I'm surprised Louie Alejo is now against raising the minimum wage, considering the fact that a Read Morehigher minimum wage would benefit illegals.
roynsann1 June 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Is this part of Carlos's plan to revitalize downtown Watsonville? Or is it to destroy it. WhatRead Morenex t... Gottschalk's building. How about using some of the empty offices is Carlos's taj mahal? Repeating what the author said " If you reside in one the many gerrymandered districts you can run for a seat on the council. Dont let these Radical confused sitting councilors run unopposed. Time to put up or shut up."
gadfly July 01, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Since all the sitting council except for one voted for this toxic permit they all need to be votedRead Moreo ut of office. On July 4th I think you submit to run for Watsonville city council. All the incumbents will be running again. Lets give them someone to run against! It takes under 1,000 votes to get a seat on city council. If you actually run a campaign you can win.
WatsonvilleRes July 03, 2014 at 01:40 AM
The Ghetto
sweetcakes June 25, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Good idea. I didn't vote for Alejo (even though I'm a life long Democrat also. I noticed that heRead Moredid n't get as many votes as his last election.
sweetcakes June 25, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Cathy, check out another of Alejo's bills AB280. I think it also would stop any changes to votingRead Moref or our council members if they quit. It does apply to cities. He is using the voting rights act to quash our measure (I think).Check it out and see what you think about it.
Cathy P. June 26, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Unfortunately it appears this is exactly what Alejo is trying to do. We really need to get himRead Morevoted of of office come this November. Here is a link to the text of the Bill if anyone else is interested http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB280&search_keywords=
sweetcakes June 14, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Very well said, Cathy. Now AB 1795 has to be vetoed by Gov. Brown, so please write your lettersRead MoreASAP . I have written several and also I have written letters regarding naming part of Hiway 156 to Oscar Rios. It is a slap in the face to all veterans to name a highway after someone who disrespects the military (veterans) and the police. (The organization Rios and Alejo founded -Brown Berets doesn't respect the military or police. No highway should be should be named for Rios. Just my opinion.
Henry Acosta June 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Sweet, I wrote letters and hope it helps. Good job to all in Watsonville for getting Measures H,IRead Morean d J passed. It's funny there are no comments from the opponents of theese measures.
sweetcakes June 25, 2014 at 06:50 PM
What AB (bill number is that)?
gadfly June 26, 2014 at 01:16 PM
It did not give the bill number but I put the link to the article in my post above. Luis Alejo isRead Morewo rking overtime to push his agenda, meantime city suffers so he can move ahead.
Cathy P. June 26, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Here is a link to the text of AB1383 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml
Cathy P. June 07, 2014 at 12:18 PM
@sweetcakes: the press release was sent to the Capitol Press Corps and the legislature, maybe theRead MoreBe e hasn't gotten it yet. Please distribute to any local media sites you are a member of or visit. This info has to go viral. Anyone see the DeCinzo cartoon in the SCS this morning? I highly recommend you see it.
Henry Acosta June 09, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Very good article by Kathleen Morgan Martinez.
gadfly June 25, 2014 at 02:54 PM
The supervisors also voted 4-0 to back state legislation authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo,Read MoreD-Salin as, aimed at establishing a state pre-clearance requirement for all proposed changes to voting-related laws, regulations or policies. The legislation is seen as a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling unconstitutional certain federal voting preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, including those affecting Monterey County. Supervisor Lou Calcagno abstained from voting on the issue.
David H. Perez June 04, 2014 at 03:29 PM
This victory is huge for all citizens of Watsonville! Time for some REAL change and to take backRead Moreour representation from a group that only cares about their own special interests. Thank you voters, the voices of the majority of you have rung in the community! Now let the people vote!
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