Willie Brown: Stop Democrats Killing Jobs With AB 5

Again, is it possible that Willie Brown is the last honest Democrat in America?  He understands that AB 5 is a massive job killer.  And, I think he understands that the Democrats will pay the price of being owned by the unions, the backers of a bill forcing workers to join corporations and pay union dues, if they want to work.

“His enduring power was on display this week when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB2257 into law on Friday, just four days after its passage, because of pressure from Brown and his associates. (AB2257 is touted as a clean-up bill for AB5 and lifts the submission cap of 35 pieces a year for freelance writers.) Brown wanted it signed immediately because, as a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, he had hit his limit and they were prohibited from publishing additional columns until AB2257 was signed.

Newsom on Friday took action that will assist his former mentor by signing AB 2257, a bill passed by the Legislature in the final hours of the legislative session Monday to address the concerns of freelance writers, photographers and musicians who said their livelihoods were at danger. The bill takes effect immediately because it was written as an urgency measure and received two-thirds support.

Left out of the exemptions were hundreds of thousands of others—this was a payoff to the entertainment and media industries—to continue their support of Socialist policies.  The blue collar workers, the young, the woman, the inexperienced—for them no job or union bribes.  Now Willie should go the rest of the way and support the Repeal of AB 5, which is on the November ballot.

Legendary CA Politician/Friend of Kamala, Willie Brown, Slams Lorena Gonzalez Over Gig Worker Law

by Jennifer Van Laar, Red State,  9/5/20   

A major complaint among Californians affected by the state’s anti-freelancing law, AB5, is that the labor unions wrote it and essentially paid for its passage and that the purpose was to enrich unions by creating millions of new “employees” to “organize.” The bill’s author, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-Teamster) has admitted that the California Labor Federation sponsored the bill but denies that the unions ensured its passage, saying that its purpose was to provide benefits and a guaranteed minimum wage.

One of the most powerful politicians to have ever graced the floor of the California State Assembly, former Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) had extremely harsh words about the bill and labor unions Saturday.

For those not familiar, Willie Brown is not only one of the most powerful politicians to have ever graced the floor of the California State Assembly; he’s been the most powerful Democrat in the state since the 1960s. At age 86, he still wields considerable power as a “kingmaker” in the state. After serving 32 years in the Assembly (the length of his tenure was one of the main reasons Californians passed term limits in 1990), Brown was Mayor of San Francisco for eight years and was succeeded by his protege, Gavin Newsom. Of course, it’s common knowledge that Kamala Harris’ political career started when Brown appointed her to a do-nothing state commission then helped her become the elected District Attorney of San Francisco.

His enduring power was on display this week when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB2257 into law on Friday, just four days after its passage, because of pressure from Brown and his associates. (AB2257 is touted as a clean-up bill for AB5 and lifts the submission cap of 35 pieces a year for freelance writers.) Brown wanted it signed immediately because, as a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, he had hit his limit and they were prohibited from publishing additional columns until AB2257 was signed.

Newsom on Friday took action that will assist his former mentor by signing AB 2257, a bill passed by the Legislature in the final hours of the legislative session Monday to address the concerns of freelance writers, photographers and musicians who said their livelihoods were at danger. The bill takes effect immediately because it was written as an urgency measure and received two-thirds support.

“I signed the bill, write the damn column!,’’ Newsom wrote to Brown in a text message that Brown shared with POLITICO.

Newsom had up to 30 days to sign the bill, so it’s significant that he signed it only three days after passage.

Since it’s an election year, he told Politico, “this is the most important year,” and fumed:

“Lyft has never obeyed AB 5 .. I don’t know anybody that has, except the Chronicle,” Brown fumed of the move by Hearst Newspapers’ flagship publication. “For 12-plus years, every Sunday, I’ve written that column in the paper and never taken a vacation. And this is the most important year. This is a campaign year, when there’s really a contest.”

Brown apparently has not paid attention this year, because thousands of California freelance writers have lost their contracts precisely because the publishing entities ARE obeying the law – in addition to the hundreds of other professions that have been impacted.

He told Politico‘s Carla Marinucci that “the incident not only showed the weaknesses in AB 5, but also in its application.” Many have described Gonzalez-Fletcher as the most powerful woman in Sacramento, very much in Brown’s mold. But Brown had brutal comments for Gonzalez-Fletcher, her organized labor sponsors, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

“If there was a place to picket organized labor, I’d do it today,” Brown said. “If there was a place to picket a legislator, I’d do it,” he said. As Assembly speaker, “I made sure that special interests, no matter who they were — labor or non labor — did not take advantage of the Legislature,” but he said it was clear this time was not the case.

“Those bastards,” he added.

Gonzalez-Fletcher’s days of influence in Sacramento may be numbered after that slam. There’s already bad blood between San Francisco Democrats and Los Angeles/San Diego Democrats, and Gonzalez-Fletcher’s already made Gavin Newsom’s life more difficult this year by failing to negotiate clean-up provisions for AB5 and by publicly battling with Elon Musk, a long-time friend of Newsom and major job creator in the state. Now that Willie Brown apparently sees that Rendon doesn’t have control of his chamber and Gonzalez-Fletcher is allowing organized labor to control state policy it’s going to be interesting to see what ramifications there are for Gonzalez-Fletcher, who’s planning a Secretary of State run in 2022.

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Comments

  1. The “band-aids” continue to be applied to AB5.

    It’s time for the Governor to stop trying to add “band-aids” and actually “HEAL” the wound by getting rid of AB5.

    If the Governor is stagnated in his belief that the big AB5 wound is good for CA, then the extensive list of Current Exemptions Under AB-5 PLUS the list under AB 2257, allows many Independent Contractors to change their business cards and pick one of the exempted services.

    The list of exemptions is so long that AB5 has already become diluted and ineffective.

  2. Richard Wahl says

    Corruption wins this time. Hypocrites run amuck.

  3. Willie Brown is a very savvy whatever the occasion calls for ” I can see the writing on the wall ” politician who is not to be underestimated when it comes to” what’s good for me “.

  4. Kathleen Ross says

    WILLIE BROWN THE SEX MASTER OF KAMALA HARRIS PULLED THE STRINGS TO GET THIS PIECE OF WORK ELECTED. WITHOUT HIM YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW WHO SHE IS. WE RAN INTO HIM IN SAN FRANCISCO’S CHINA TOWN COMING OUT OF A BROTHEL! WE RECOGNIZED HIM FORM HIS WAX STATUE ON PIER 39!! MY FRIEND STOPPED HIM ON THE STREET TO TALK TO HIM AND A CROWD SURROUNDED HIM LIKE HE WAS A CELEBRITY. THE ONLY REASON LIKE OBAMA THAT HE ROSE TO POWER IS BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. HE HAS USED HIS COLOR TO DARE ANYONE TO GET IN HIS WAY. HE HOLDS THE CARDS OF THE DIRTY BACK ROOM DEALS THAT THE DEMOCRAT LEADERS IN CALIFORNIA PRESENT. HE TOLD PEOPLE THAT GAVIN NEWSOM WOULD BE ELECTED GOVERNOR YEARS BEFORE NEWSOM EVEN RAN FOR OFFICE. HIS CONNECTIONS TO PELOSI, GETTY, BROWN, AND NEWSOM GO BACK YEARS. THEY ARE THE POWER IN CALIFORNIA AND THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP IT!!!

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