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Central Valley City Officials Publicly Voice Opposition to SB 7 in Stockton

August 13, 2013
Earlier today elected city officials, business leaders and taxpayer advocates came together to speak out against SB 7 (Steinberg), a bill that disenfranchises voters and threatens local control. Today’s event on the steps of the Stockton City Hall comes in advance of tomorrow’s Assembly Labor and Employment Committee hearing on SB 7.
 
A video of the news conference is online.
 
Speakers at the news conference included:
  • Stockton City Council Member Kathy Miller;
  • Stockton City Council Member Elbert Holman;
  • Lodi City Council Member Joanne Mounce;
  • Tracy City Council Member Michael Maciel;
  • Steven Crabtree, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce;
  • John Beckman, Greater Valley Building Industry Association; and
  • Dave Renison, San Joaquin County Tax Payers Association.
Stockton City Council Member Katherine Miller spoke first, expressing why this bill would be so detrimental to her city, which is a charter city. “We understand that state funds come with a lot of strings attached – one of those strings is that if a construction project uses any state funds the contractor must comply with state prevailing wage requirements. But, as a charter city the courts have ruled that we have the authority, when only using city funds, to allow a contractor to not comply with prevailing wage requirements.”
 
Miller continued: “SB 7 is not about prevailing wage. It is about eliminating the legal rights of cities to make local decisions without pressure or interference from Sacramento.”

Take Action

In preparation for tomorrow's hearing, the League strongly encourages city officials submit letters of opposition to the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. To watch the live hearing please visit the California Channel website.


 
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