Jan 05

Vacaville Teacher Association Calendar of Events

Aug 24

Announcement: Labor Day Breakfast – save the date!!!

LABOR DAY FLIER 2016

Aug 25

Our endorsements – from VTA-PAC

On August 23rd, the Vacaville Teachers Association met, reviewed and unanimously voted to endorse the slate of candidates interviewed and supported by the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council.  The minutes from that meeting can be found here.
These candidate recommendations were the product of 70 candidate interviews completed, over seven days, with 20 different Unions providing input in a deliberation process.  At the end of deliberations,  we all came together to ensure that whoever the Napa/Solano Central Labor Council endorses truly has the best interest of working men and women in mind when making decisions!

 

CD 3: John Garamendi

 

CD 5: Mike Thompson

 

SD 3: Bill Dodd

 

AD 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

 

AD 11: Jim Frazier

 

AD 14: Mae Cendana Torlakson

 

Solano Supervisor District 2: Mike Ioakimedes

 

Napa Supervisor District 2: Mark Luce

 

Vallejo Mayor: Landis Graden

Council: Latressa Alford & Rozzana Verder-Aliga

 

Vacaville Council: Ron Rowlett

 

Suisun Council: Lori Wilson & Mike Segala

 

Fairfield Council: Rick Vaccarro & Rob Marin

 

Benicia Mayor: Mark Hughes

Council: Christina Strawbridge & Lionel Largaespada

 

Dixon Mayor: Jack Batchelor

Council: Steve Bird & Jerry Castanon

 

Fairfield-Suisun USD area 1: Spencer Marks

         area 2: Joan Gaut

                                    area 3: Judi Honeychurch

area 6: Ana Petero

 

Benicia USD Full Term: Gary Wing & Stacy Holguin

Short Term: Celeste Monnette

 

Travis USD: No recommendation

 

Solano Community College area 3: Rosemary Thurston

 

Vacaville USD: No recommendation for full term or short term seats

 

Vallejo USD Full Term: John Fox & Melissa Badong Bowman

 

Short Term: No recommendation

 

Napa Board of Education area 3: Lisa Lindsey

 

Napa Valley College area 1: Dan Digardi

area 6: Debbie Alter-Starr

 

Napa Valley USD area 4: Joe Schunk

area 7: Jose Hurtado

 

Napa Mayor: Jill Techel

Council: Scott Sedgely & Mary Luros

We also endorsed the following candidates and measures:

Solano Community College area 5: – Chris Fickes

California Proposition 55

California Proposition 58

California Proposition 52

Solano County Measure A

Solano County Measure B

 

More on the endorsement process from the Executive Director of the Labor Council, Jon Riley:

 The Napa/Solano Central Labor Council, Napa/Solano Building and Construction Trades Council, and United Workers for Local Government came together as we have for close to 15 years to do joint interviews. Public safety, education, public employees, building trades and other unions representing working Siblings in Napa and Solano Counties showed every candidate interviewed that Labor takes the electoral process very seriously! That is why they seek the endorsement of Labor. Because they know that while working Men and Women cannot compete with the money that some bring to the process, we mobilize our members to put the butts in the seats, boots on the streets and ballots in the box for our endorsed candidates.

 During the process we used our extensive questionnaire to begin identifying what core values that the candidates share with our members and then bore in on the reason’s we should recommend an endorsement to our members. After 7 days of interviews we stayed well into the evening to begin the deliberation process, every affiliate given a voice in the process and it resulted in a list of endorsement recommendations to be carried back to our respective bodies. At the meeting for the Napa/Solano Central Labor Council we accepted the recommendations and with the exception of one race passed them unanimously!

 We were a bit concerned that two of the candidates for the office of Vallejo Mayor and City Council refused to interview in front of some of the 12,000 Union members that reside in Vallejo. Mayoral candidate Bob Sampayan, a former police officer refused to interview, giving no reason. Vallejo City Council Candidate Robert McConnell sent us a lengthy email stating that he would not seek or accept any endorsement or money from any organization that would come in front of the Council for consideration. This of course raised a few eyebrows when during the interviews process it was revealed that he had taken money from medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, let us be clear, the Napa/Solano Central Labor Council has supported the MMD issue and have reached out to organize the responsible businesses. The issue is why he would refuse to sit down with working men and women?

 At a subsequent interview I attended, Mr. McConnell explained that the dispensaries were “people that want to do business with the city and I support them”. Well I also support them. But I also think we need to tax, control and regulate this brand new market where millions will be made. But to call the dispensaries “people” kind of reminds me of the Citizen United decision that has flooded our election process with billions of dollars under the “corporations are people” flag. With proper leadership we can ensure that we will never again have to lay-off employees and let our streets deteriorate again. Treating the industry like a business and put into place a seed to sale methodology that will protect our citizens is critical. Our members think that they deserved a chance to question Mr. McConnell on a number of issues facing the city.

 We want to thank the 30 or so members that sat in on our interviews and especially to the candidates that appeared in front of our panel. We are proud of our endorsements but more so because we know that every candidate that appeared in front of us wants to develop a relationship with our members and whether we chose to endorse them or not, our members relish the opportunity to do so. 

 Webspace paid for by Vacaville Teachers Association Political Action Committee – ID# 1222549

Aug 24

Here are the rep council meeting minutes from August 23rd

August 23 Rep Council Meeting Minutes

Aug 23

As seen in Rep Council today, yes on 55!

Aug 23

Breaking News – California Court Decision Keeps Teacher Due Process Rights

From the Fresno Bee…..

A victory for teacher unions, the California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state’s teacher tenure law stand.

The high court decided not to review a lower court ruling that upheld tenure and other job protections for teachers. That ruling came in a lawsuit by a group of students who claimed that incompetent teachers were almost impossible to fire because of tenure laws and that schools in poor neighborhoods were dumping grounds for bad teachers.
The appeals court said in its decision in April that the students had failed to show California’s hiring and firing rules were unconstitutional.
That appeals court had overturned a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s decision that sided with the students and threatened to shake up public schools that teach more than 6 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade statewide.
In reversing that decision, the appellate panel said the trial highlighted problems with tenure and layoff statutes and showed the “deleterious impact” of staffing decisions on poor and minority students. But it said state law wasn’t to blame.
Justice Roger Boren, presiding over the 2nd District Court of Appeal, wrote in the 3-0 opinion that some principals get rid of highly ineffective teachers by sending them to low-income schools. Those decisions have nothing to do with the teacher tenure law, he said.

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