Sunday, July 30, 2017

Will California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Be Recalled For Betraying His Constituents?


Like Trump, a liar and manipulator

A couple years ago, I was driving out to City of Hope in Duarte and was able to listen to a whole segment on KPCC, an interview with in-coming Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He spoke very eloquently and forcefully about environmental abuses and dangerous industrial and commercial pollution in working class residential communities. It was very inspiring and I immediately called-- all excited-- then-candidate for Congress Nanette Barragan. An environmental champion who, as a small town mayor had taken on Big Oil and won a battle to prevent offshore drilling, Nanette was running against the single most corrupt member of the state legislature, Isadore Hall, a guy notorious for taking money from Big Oil and voting for their interests in Sacramento. Nanette was the underdog in the race-- by far-- and I figured an influential figure like Rendon could give her campaign a much-needed boost.

When I told her, excitedly, about Rendon's interview, she laughed. "He's backing Hall," she told me. I was gobsmacked. I had never heard a more persuasive argument for the premise of Nanette's entire campaign than what Rendon had just said. In recent days, all of California has learned that what Anthony Rendon says and what Anthony Rendon does are entirely unrelated. Anthony Rendon-- at the behest of Jerry Brown, another hypocrite-- killed the Medicare-for-All bill that the state Senate had passed.

Many voters are now leary of any promises from Democratic politicians. And they should be. Over the weekend, the L.A. Times noted that enraged activists are doing what's necessary to recall Rendon. It can't happen fast enough-- not just to Rendon but to all political betrayers of their constituents everywhere in America. Reporter Melanie Mason:
When Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) halted a measure to establish single-payer healthcare in California, the bill's most dedicated backers immediately called for him to be removed from office.

Now, more than a month later, single-payer advocates have taken the first formal step to follow through on their threat, giving Rendon's office this week notice of intent to circulate a recall petition.

Rendon's move to stop the single-payer bill-- which he called "woefully incomplete," noting it passed the state Senate without a method to pay for it-- was the catalyst for the outcry.

"If we recall the Assembly speaker, maybe someone else [will be] willing to push this bill, to get it out of the rules committee and send it to the Assembly to get a vote on it," said Jessica Covarrubias, a proponent of the effort. "Maybe that will help everyone get healthcare."

Covarrubias, a 27-year-old law student from South Gate, described the recall campaign as "literally a grassroots effort." She first learned of the recall campaign when single-payer activists, incensed by Rendon's action, launched a door-knocking drive to inform voters in his district.

The notice, which proponents mailed on Tuesday and was received by Rendon's office Friday, was signed by 60 people; at least 40 signatures must be deemed valid, belonging to registered voters of his Southeast Los Angeles County district. It was filed by Stephen Elzie, an Irvine-based USC law professor who is acting as an attorney for the effort.

...The recall effort faces tough odds. As the powerful Assembly speaker, Rendon has been a robust fundraiser, ending 2016 with more than $1.2 million in the bank. Other labor groups, including unions representing construction workers and grocery clerks, publicly sided with the speaker's decision to shelve the single-payer bill and could serve as as a well-financed cavalry should Rendon face a heated campaign to oust him.

Still, this week's step forward in the recall effort underscores how activist anger over Rendon's decision continues to simmer weeks after the measure, SB 562, was blocked.

Last week, the California Nurses Assn., which sponsored the legislation, paid for two mailers to be sent in Rendon's district, assailing his move as "holding healthcare hostage" and "protecting politicians, not people's healthcare." Both mailers encouraged recipients to call or visit Rendon's office to voice their displeasure, although the flyers stopped short of calling for a recall.

Michael Lighty, policy director for the nurses' group, said the union was not involved with the recall effort, focusing instead on pressuring Rendon to let the single-payer bill move forward.

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At 12:20 PM, Blogger Elizabeth Burton said...

I understand the outrage and would join it, but the question that never seems to be addressed on this issue is: Would putting the bill on the floor have led to discussion of how it would be paid for?

With the state locked into school funding, how to pay for single-payer health care is a legitimate concern. Yes, it will save money, but what are the options for paying for the initial outlays that are inevitable? Would it survive if the GOP in Congress manages to gut Medicaid and Medicare?

Those are legitimate questions, which is why my question arose. I'm ignorant of procedures in the CA lege, so I'm honestly curious about the details, which so far have been sorely absent.

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are five votes under my roof. We aren't constituents, but we will vote to recall him if for some reason we are presented with the issue.

At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another piece proving, anecdotally, why the democraps need to be killed off:

"...what Anthony Rendon says and what Anthony Rendon does are entirely unrelated."

You can basically substitute a name with most any other name. You can also substitute the name with the name of the party.

Each statement will be equally true.

Yet voters continue to be "gobsmacked", only if they pay attention, when what they do is opposite of what they say?

P.T. Barnum was incorrect. EVERY person born is a sucker in the usa.

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this helps a bit to see what the plan has been for SB562.


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