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- Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 16:46:35 -0500
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---------- Forwarded Message ---------- From: "Wiener, Daniel", INTERNET:wiener(--nospam--at)littongcs.com TO: "'wildwoman1(--nospam--at)CompuServe.COM'", wildwoman1 CC: "'dpwiener(--nospam--at)aol.com'", INTERNET:dpwiener(--nospam--at)aol.com DATE: 3/26/98 3:59 PM RE: Prop 224 Sender: wiener(--nospam--at)littongcs.com Received: from master.littongcs.com (master.litton.net [126.96.36.199]) by dub-img-8.compuserve.com (8.8.6/8.8.6/2.10) with SMTP id PAA22785 for <wildwoman1(--nospam--at)CompuServe.COM>; Thu, 26 Mar 1998 15:59:23 -0500 (EST) Received: from gateway.littongcs.com by master.littongcs.com via smtpd (for dub-img-8.compuserve.com [188.8.131.52]) with SMTP; 26 Mar 1998 20:59:23 UT Received: from whntmail.littongcs.com by littongcs.com (SMI-8.6/SMI-SVR4) id MAA24420; Thu, 26 Mar 1998 12:55:59 -0800 Received: by WHNTMAIL with Internet Mail Service (5.0.1460.8) id <HA0PDV3Y>; Thu, 26 Mar 1998 12:59:21 -0800 Message-ID: <7BE2B93C166AD1119F570080D820755B16B1B7@WHNTMAIL> From: "Wiener, Daniel" <wiener(--nospam--at)littongcs.com> To: "'wildwoman1(--nospam--at)CompuServe.COM'" <wildwoman1(--nospam--at)CompuServe.COM> Cc: "'dpwiener(--nospam--at)aol.com'" <dpwiener(--nospam--at)aol.com> Subject: Prop 224 Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 12:59:20 -0800 Return-Receipt-To: "Wiener, Daniel" <wiener(--nospam--at)littongcs.com> MIME-Version: 1.0 X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.0.1460.8) Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" Dan Walters: Labor measure divides Demos (Published March 25, 1998) <<...>> LOS ANGELES -- When delegates to a Republican state convention defied their leaders and endorsed a controversial ballot measure doing away with bilingual education, it received major media attention. The action was widely interpreted as another indication that the Republican Party is divided along ideological lines between hard-line conservatives and moderates. That division is real and the bilingual education issue is just one indication of it. Party leaders and moderates fear that a GOP endorsement of the measure, even though it enjoys strong support in the polls, will alienate Latino voters. The state Democratic Party is not, however, lacking in divisions of its own and something very similar occurred during a weekend convention in Los Angeles when delegates bucked their leadership and opposed a ballot measure being pushed by public employee unions. Proposition 224, written by the union that represents state highway engineers, is aimed at years-long efforts by Republican governors to use private engineering contractors. It would, in essence, prohibit such contracting-out and is being backed not only by Professional Engineers in California Government, but the Service Employees International Union, which represents many state workers and has led the fight against privatization. Ordinarily, a union-backed measure targeting a Republican program would enjoy automatic backing by the state Democratic Party. And, in fact, state party Chairman Art Torres endorsed it in principle last year. But the opposition, led by the private engineering firms, has very adroitly recruited allies among unions representing construction workers and, in a huge coup, the California Teachers Association. There is, too, an ethnic tinge to the political infighting. State highway engineers are mostly white men, and non-Anglo politicians have contended that Proposition 224 would reduce contract work by minority- and female-owned firms. The opponents recruited, among others, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, the state's most prominent African American politician. The teachers' union, meanwhile, was brought into the fray by assertions that if Proposition 224 were to be passed, it would reduce construction of new schools. The labor-splitting squabble came to the state party convention Friday as agents for both pro- and anti-Proposition 224 forces marshaled their forces for a floor battle. And state party leaders, who had made party unity their convention theme, clearly didn't relish having a fight between two Democratic factions. "I'm trying to keep the party out of it," Torres said as the convention began. Anti-Proposition 224 forces, sensing victory, were not to be deterred by party leaders. They won endorsements for opposing the measure from the party's labor and resolutions committee and on Sunday, following a brief skirmish of parliamentary maneuvering, the anti-224 position was adopted. Proponents of the measure had attempted to stem the opposition onslaught, but were overwhelmed. "It was an exciting weekend," Ted Green, a spokesman for the opposition campaign, said. The action probably means more to the outcome of Proposition 224 than the Republican position does to the bilingual measure. The latter is being debated furiously in the media while the former is considered to be a relatively minor measure and is, therefore, receiving less public notice. Thus, voters will be more easily swayed on Proposition 224 by endorsements and opposition by political parties and other groups. The anti-224 coalition can now trumpet the Democratic Party opposition -- along with an identical position by the Republican Party -- in its advertisements and mailings. DAN WALTERS' column appears daily, except Saturday. E-mail: dwalters(--nospam--at)sacbee.com <mailto:dwalters(--nospam--at)sacbee.com>; mail: P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento, 95852; phone: (916) 321-1195; fax: (916) 444-7838.
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