Thursday, March 29, 2007
POETIC JUSTICE… Squid wonders if the Service Employees International Union powers that be are feeling kinda stupid right now. Less than a month after the union unceremoniously fired WREN BRADLEY, Local 535’s longtime senior field representative, the MONTEREY COUNTY COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN honored Bradley for her work.
It’s one of several awards she has received since moving to Salinas in 1976 to work as a nurse for the United Farm Workers Clinic. Bradley was also named SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR in 1995 by the National Association of Social Workers, and then again by the Monterey County Foster Parent Association. The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council named her UNIONIST OF THE YEAR in 2006.
And on March 25, the county commission honored Bradley. Does the County award makes up for the lack of a going-away lunch from SEIU?
HEY, IT WAS LATE… Salinas Mayor DENNIS DONOHUE and Supervisor DAVE POTTER, both newbies on the LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION, seem to share a sense of humor. Late into a March 26 meeting that lasted four hours leading up to closed session, Donohue told Commissioner LOU CALCAGNO that he didn’t like his motion to prepare a “Memorandum of Understanding policy” for cities that wish to annex land. “I’m disappointed in the motion,” Donohue said, “because I’m tired and I want to go home.”
Potter quickly added: “I’ll second that emotion.”
THERE GOES THE JUDGE… The Good Old Boys Club is losing a card-carrying member March 29 when SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE MIKE FIELDS packs up his gavel and robes. Squid will miss Fields. After all, it wasn’t Fields who was busted with another judge’s wife in a jury room. And it wasn’t Fields who liked to ask cute staffers for read-backs of smut proceedings. And it wasn’t even Fields who was alleged to be ticket-fixing and ruling in friends’ favors.
Ah well. Maybe Fields was fed up with gossip surrounding his annual golf tournament and its big donors who appeared in front of him. The COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE is purportedly still interested in the tourney’s donors and the appearance of impropriety.
Yep, one more down, three to go.
But Squid wishes Fields well and applauds his 29 looong years of service. Squid can’t wait for the circus that’ll surround the appointment of his successor. Squid’s hopeful passed-over Commissioner TIM ROBERTS will get the job, and not one of the frat boys at the DA’s office who’ve suddenly become Boy Scouts.