Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Doolittle and Simmons

Saying he was "deeply humbled" by the results of last week's election, Jerry Simmons issued an apology to the Sierra College community

"I apologize … for how I've handled my role as a trustee. Although I had the best intentions, sometimes my implementation of key decisions was done poorly," Simmons said.

Simmons said he has spent many sleepless nights over the past few weeks pondering how to help the college move forward. He hoped the apology was "a place to start."

He then voted with three other trustees -- Klein, Scott Leslie and Nancy Palmer -- against a motion to remove him as president of the Sierra Joint Community College District board of trustees. The motion -- which needed five votes to pass -- failed, with trustees Dave Creek, Dave Ferrari and Barbara Vineyard backing it.

He appoligized yet there is still a recall. Why?

The Congressman John Doolittle stands behind them-

Congressman John Doolittle, Assemblyman Tim Leslie and Placer County Republican Party Chairman Dean Forman have all condemned the recall started Tuesday in statements issued to the press. Doolittle said “It is unfortunate that politics continues to overshadow the many positive things that the college is accomplishing.”


Here is something circulating from daily kos about John Doolittle

John Doolittle is in trouble.

I am convinced that he will be indicted.

The trouble is timing. It might happen before November, but it could also happen after the election.

Another open question is what crime will he be indicted for first.

Doolittle offers prosecutors a cornucopia of corruption, so it might be his connections to Abramoff, or Duke Cunningham, or his wife's fundraising scams or some new scandal that brings the little weasel down.

Or perhaps it will be a combination of them all. More

And from WAPO

Analysis-I honestly have not followed Sierra College politics but I saw a comment from PS about it and in reference to this blog. So tell me who the good guys are in this fight.

21 Comments:

Blogger Prodigal Son said...

There seems to be plenty of good guy awards to hand out. For me personally, kudos go to PB and HD for quickly bringing me up to speed on a matter that was not on my radar scope. I believe PB and HD are part of the Sierra College staff or are closely affiliated with them. Kudos go to the Sierra College faculty and staff for recognizing the right wing threat against them and doing a magnificent job of mobilizing a push back Kudos go the Placer County Grand Jury for doing a thorough job of investigating what turned out to be unwarranted allegations against Kevin Ramirez. Kudos go to Morgan who is the interim prez of SC who stood up to Simmons trying to quell the growing staff and faculty push b ack.

Huge in this whole thing is the role of the life long Republicans who are sick and tired of the right wing extremists (read Simmons, Klein,the Park brothers, and Leslie) who have tried to hijack their party in Placer County. Special mention in this category goes to Barbara Vineyard who is a life long conservative Republican who is a strong, steadfast voice on the SC Board of Trustees against the right wing extremists' faction.

There are many more I am sure...

9:40 AM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

Regarding the Doolittle tie in to this Sierra College Affair, there is not much doubt that he and his local staff had a significant role on the selecting, grooming, and campaign planning for Simmons and Klein to be elected to the SC Board. There is not much doubt that they were programed ahead of time to go after Ramirez on his wishes.

My hope is that Doolittle continues to wrap his arms around Simmons and Klein loudly and often. My fondest fantasy is that Simmons be very visible in Doolittle's current reelect campaign. Klein could be Doolittle's driver and Simmons could be his intro guy at campaign doings. And my hope is that the local media get a lot of lens shots of them close together, maybe hugging each other...

Hey, Doolittle and Simmons, would you pretty please do this for me?...

9:58 AM  
Blogger HD said...

Jerry Simmons, after being elected, immediately went for Kevin Ramirez's throat. The board of trustees had renewed Kevin Ramirez's contract only 6 months prior. Kevin had 3 1/2 years left when Simmons and Klein were elected to the Board; their buddy Aaron Klein was elected to the board a year before. These three worked in concert to make it uncomfortable for Kevin. Simmons had been on the board only a few weeks when he asked Kevin for his resignation (without the salary and benefits he was entitled too). Kevin did eventually resign, but he walked away with the salary he would have made over the remaining 3 1/2 years, and the benefits. He also had a retirement coming from his 30 years as a faculty member. Kevin walked away with 10 grand a month in retirement, plus over $500.00 in settlement with the district. Simmons and his axis of evil cost the Placer County Tax payers a bundle of money. During Kevin's reign at Sierra College, Sierra College became the no.1 Jr. college in the state for transfers to 4 year colleges, and is ranked among the top in academic standing.

While there is no doubt Kevin Ramirez had things to answer for, the correct solution would have been for the Board to give him clear instructions as to the direction they wanted to see the district go in, and then done their job and made sure Keving followed their lead. Instead, they tried to screw him over, and he walked away laughing all the way to the bank. Simmons, Klein, and Scott, ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility...what a joke.

In addition, Simmons started trying to get faculty and classified employees fired or disciplined for speaking out at board meetings. Simmons accused Kevin of breaking laws, but didn't seem to mind do so himself; he abused his position, and has used it for political gain. He doesn't deserve to be a board member, and like with ps, I sure hope Doolittle keeps helping Simmons, as he will have tied himself to a loser.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

I'm sorry that I am pretty tapped out after my son's 10 visit with me or I would be going over to the do at the Granite Bay Country Club in about a couple of hours...

Please help efforts to recall Aaron Klein and Jerry Simmons by attending the "Recalling Simmons and Klein Evening Reception"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Granite Bay Country Club
9600 Golf Club Drive,
Roseville Parkway and Golf Club Drive,
Granite Bay, CA
$ 95 per person

Sponsorships Available:
$2500 Gold Sponsorship
$1000 Silver Sponsorship
$500 Bronze Sponsorship

Please r.s.v.p. to Alycia at 916-645-8961 by July 24th
Make checks payable to:
The Committee to Save Sierra College
c/o 3842 Rawhide Road, Rocklin, CA 95677
Campaign I.D. # 1286925



Host Committee
Robert Weygandt, Placer County Supervisor
Mayor Ray Sprague, City of Lincoln
Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor
Tom Cosgrove, Lincoln Councilmember
Alex Ferreira, PCWA Boardmember
Primo Santini, Lincoln Councilmember
Mayor George Magnuson, City of Rocklin
Spencer Short, Lincoln Councilmember
Peter Hill, Rocklin Councilmember
Bruce Dear, Placer County Assessor (partial list


ummm...raising some serious money by some serious Republicans for a serious cause...

3:37 PM  
Blogger Russ said...

HD-Jerry Simmons, after being elected, immediately went for Kevin Ramirez's throat.

Forgive my ignorance by why did they go after Ramirez in the first place?

3:44 PM  
Blogger HD said...

russ plag -There is a lot of past history, but part of it involves John Doolittle. Kevin Ramirez turned Doolittle down on a request (I understand it was to host some event here for Doolittle) and it made Doolittle angry. Then there is/was Board of Trustees member Sally Robison. Robison was at odds with the rest of the board and Kevin on most things. There was even an attempt to recall her from the President's position on the board. Robison had a lot of Republican party support, and appeared to be in association with Doolittle, and the Placer County Republican Party.
Kevin did do some things in terms of contract negotiations, Pers-retirement contributions, etc., that bordered on unethical and those are the areas he should have been held accountable for.

Your question about why Simmons went after Kevin... Well, its a good question. Don't you think it odd he focused on a campus president that was widely respected by his peers in the state and local area. It took a majority on the board to push Sierra College in the direction the extreme right wants, and with the election of Simmons they had their voting block (Simmons, Leslie, Klein, and long term fence rider Nancy Palmer). Simmons, in particular, has aspirations to rise in the political arena, like Doolittle. So, Sierra College Board of Trustees represented a stepping stone for him. Simmons managed to piss off a lot of people at Sierra College and withing the community, and so his campaign for County Board of Supes went up in smoke...thank goodness. Doolittle pumped 110k into Simmons campaign chest, had simmons still lost. It is time to do a clean sweep of the college board, and vote people in who are there to support the college district, and not to fulfill political ambtions

5:15 PM  
Blogger P said...

PS, you are a Repub?

6:25 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

Russ, I think that the Sierra College Affair would be the stuff of Poly Sci doctoral disertations. It is still an ongoing story and the final chapters are yet to be written.

At the core of the story is a small group of politically ambitious right wing extremists who saw an opportunity to flex their muscle. They also saw it as a test of their cleverness. And on the latter, they came up short.

They are now attempting to call kings x but a wide ranging coalition is not buying it. And for good reason. They speak with forked tongue.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

p, a good question. What is my political affiliation? I am nominally a registered D. But my values transcend party affiliation. I vote my values.

What are my values that come into play? I always pay as I go. I pay off my credit card balance every month. I don't pay interest. I look for substantial discounts on what I buy. I am into delay of gratification.

I am a Christian who walks the walk. I strongly believe in and practice the Social Justice stream of Christianity. I am not judgemental. God is God and I am not.

I look for character in those who want to represent me in the political area. Character transcends political affiliation. Character has to do with having integrity, honesty, sincerity, kindness, and generosity of mind and spirit.

(something weird just happened. The phone just rang. It was an automated message from Doolittle inviting me to join a live townhall meeting in progress. The issue being focused on is illegal immigration. I clicked off. I see Doolittle lacking in character in extremis)

If I may digress re the phone call. I see it just as a signature Doolittle gambit. He is a very small man who tries to profit from peoples fears and prejudices. He is a fear monger and a hate monger. Very detestable qualities. Nothing close to what our Founding Fathers were...

7:28 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

Here is a must read research piece on Doolittle's involvement in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands cesspool. Is there anyone out there who doesn't know what the CNMI cesspool means? If so, I would be glad to spell it out.

Doolittle is involved up to his eyeballs at the behest of DeLay and Abramoff.

Doolittle is truly one of the most despicable pols to come down the pike.

And he represents me????

5:38 AM  
Blogger Rodney Stanhope said...

My goodness - I remember when we used to discuss both sides of an issue! I haven't been paying much attention lately - thought I'd see what life at RC was like A.A. After Aaron what shame - I have always liked debates with the opposition but lately I have entered into a new mood and my answer to the hatred of felow Republicans is very quick and simple - "WHO IS OPTION #2" and is that a better choice! I can find Dems and Republicans that do or do not like Arnold, Bush, Doolittle, Leslie, and a long list of other Republicans, but I ask what is option #2 - ush vs. Gore, Bush vs. Kerry, Gray Davis vs. Arnold, Arnold vs. Phil, Strickland vs. Chang, McClintock vs. John G., Doolittle vs. ?, I mean really is this rocket Science??? You can whine all you want about Klein, Leslie, Simmons - But throwing Doolittle into the mix is "Working against the Republican Party!" You don't like the guy you should have helped his opponent before the Primary - Now it's post Primary - We Republicans are to Unite behind our designated Republicans and work together - Again what is option #2 - I use the word option because for me it's not a valid choice - Think about it!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Rodney Stanhope said...

My goodness - I remember when we used to discuss both sides of an issue! I haven't been paying much attention lately - thought I'd see what life at RC was like A.A. After Aaron what shame - I have always liked debates with the opposition but lately I have entered into a new mood and my answer to the hatred of felow Republicans is very quick and simple - "WHO IS OPTION #2" and is that a better choice! I can find Dems and Republicans that do or do not like Arnold, Bush, Doolittle, Leslie, and a long list of other Republicans, but I ask what is option #2 - ush vs. Gore, Bush vs. Kerry, Gray Davis vs. Arnold, Arnold vs. Phil, Strickland vs. Chang, McClintock vs. John G., Doolittle vs. ?, I mean really is this rocket Science??? You can whine all you want about Klein, Leslie, Simmons - But throwing Doolittle into the mix is "Working against the Republican Party!" You don't like the guy you should have helped his opponent before the Primary - Now it's post Primary - We Republicans are to Unite behind our designated Republicans and work together - Again what is option #2 - I use the word option because for me it's not a valid choice - Think about it!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Rodney Stanhope said...

My goodness - I remember when we used to discuss both sides of an issue! I haven't been paying much attention lately - thought I'd see what life at RC was like A.A. After Aaron what shame - I have always liked debates with the opposition but lately I have entered into a new mood and my answer to the hatred of felow Republicans is very quick and simple - "WHO IS OPTION #2" and is that a better choice! I can find Dems and Republicans that do or do not like Arnold, Bush, Doolittle, Leslie, and a long list of other Republicans, but I ask what is option #2 - ush vs. Gore, Bush vs. Kerry, Gray Davis vs. Arnold, Arnold vs. Phil, Strickland vs. Chang, McClintock vs. John G., Doolittle vs. ?, I mean really is this rocket Science??? You can whine all you want about Klein, Leslie, Simmons - But throwing Doolittle into the mix is "Working against the Republican Party!" You don't like the guy you should have helped his opponent before the Primary - Now it's post Primary - We Republicans are to Unite behind our designated Republicans and work together - Again what is option #2 - I use the word option because for me it's not a valid choice - Think about it!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

Rodney, you can say that again...

9:05 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

Rodney, you say...

Doolittle vs. ?, I mean really is this rocket Science??? You can whine all you want about Klein, Leslie, Simmons - But throwing Doolittle into the mix is "Working against the Republican Party!" You don't like the guy you should have helped his opponent before the Primary - Now it's post Primary - We Republicans are to Unite behind our designated Republicans and work together - Again what is option #2 - I use the word option because for me it's not a valid choice - Think about it!

First of all, a disclaimer. I am not going to present myself as a registered Republican. But neither am I a yellow dog Democrat. I'll be voting for a number of Republicans come November...

However, Doolittle stands in a category all by himself. It is simply absurd to say he is the better of two bad choices. Charlie Brown has in no way conducted himself at any time in his personal and professional life to be considered a bad choice, let alone lessor to John Doolittle.

Doolittle as a ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee and as a key member of Team Abramoff has been conplicit in women working in sweatshops, pressured into aborting pregancies, and becoming prostitutes to survive.

Here is one woman's account...

Garment worker challenges DeLay

The Galveston County Daily News
June 06, 2005
By Marty Schladen
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he found no victims of sweatshops, sex slavery or forced abortions on the Pacific island of Saipan in the mid-1990s. But Carmencita Abad says that's because DeLay did not want to see them.

"My answer is, Mr. DeLay, I am that person," Abad said in a telephone interview. "I am an example of an individual who can prove that the accounts of sweatshop labor and forced prostitution are not just allegations but true accounts of working conditions in the Marianas Islands when Mr. DeLay traveled there and turned a blind eye to our misery."

Abad, a Filipino who worked in Saipan's garment industry for six years, spoke at a press conference in Houston recently outside a business luncheon honoring the embattled DeLay.

The press conference was sponsored by the Campaign for a Clean Congress, a national organization, the Harris County AFL-CIO and Houston Interfaith Worker Justice.

It was called, in part, to counter claims DeLay made last month when he told The Daily News that there were no human rights violations taking place on Saipan in the 1990s.

As he entered Tuesday's luncheon, DeLay was again asked about the allegations.

"The workers there were very well treated," he said. "There may have existed some problems in certain instances, but not when I was there."

DeLay's involvement with Saipan, the capital of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, has come under renewed scrutiny after revelations that a lobbyist paid for two of DeLay's senior aides to visit the U.S. territory in 1996 and 1997.

The lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, is now under investigation involving allegations that he defrauded Indian tribes of tens of millions of dollars. No charges have been filed in the case.

In the 1990s, Abramoff, a close associate of DeLay's, was paid millions by the garment industry and the indebted Saipan government to keep the federal government from forcing the territory to adopt the federal minimum wage or U.S. immigration laws.

DeLay carried that fight to Capitol Hill — despite the fact that Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski was pushing reform legislation.

Manufacturers could import workers and duty-free cloth to Saipan. Once there, they could pay the workers $3.05 an hour to make clothes for major U.S. brands — and they could sew the "Made in the U.S.A." label into them.

Congressional investigators, national news organizations and the U.S. Labor Department have all supported claims that, in the 1990s, workers on Saipan were forced to work 14-hour days, often without being paid for their overtime. In some cases, the workers were locked in their factories while working and in their barracks when they were not.

Abad, who made clothing for the Gap and other retailers while she worked for the Seko Corp., said that was true in her case.

"I used to live in a squalid barracks — thin roofs, thin walls, concrete floors and people slept in bunk beds with 14 people sharing one restroom — no hot water, no air conditioning," she said.

The U.S. Justice Department has prosecuted cases in which Asian women paid thousands of dollars to recruiters who promised them jobs as restaurant workers on Saipan. The women emigrated there only to be forced into prostitution.

Abad said that some garment workers faced similar horrors.

"Women were fired for being pregnant," she said. "And to keep her job, any pregnant woman would either go to an illegal abortionist or try to induce miscarriage by drinking herbal potions or falling down on purpose. Women who are fired from work have no way to support themselves aside from the sex trade. There's no way to feed yourself aside from that."

Abad said things have subsequently gotten better for workers in Saipan.

She was part of a class-action suit targeting working conditions there.

In 2002, 26 retailers settled, paying $23 million in back wages to garment workers. A garment workers' oversight board was also created.


No, Rodney, this indeed is not rocket science. It is about an egregious disregard of right from wrong

6:26 AM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

An epilogue to the above comment...

A good friend and my best man at my wedding some years ago was born and raised in the Philipines. He is very active in his church here in Roseville. He was recent chair to a fund drive that raised several million dollars to build an addition on to his church.

He was swayed by the abortion issue in '04 and voted for Bush and Doolittle. He will not be voting for Doolittle in '06. He will be voting for Charlie Brown.

He does not take kindly to Filipino women being lured into the northern Marianas to be forced into prostitution and forced into abortions.

For him, it is not rocket science...

6:48 AM  
Blogger HD said...

Yellow dog democrats, would you care to explain that comment? Damned near all the corruption these days has been republican legislators. Delay for instance...give me a break. If republicans can't have their way, they resort to name calling. I think Republicans are in for a surprise in November.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

HD, I was using Yellow Dog Democrat the way it has always been used. Which means that I do not vote for someone simply because they have a (D) behind their name.

I have a good friend right across the street who is a Yellow Dog Democrat and I kid her about it. She takes it with a wrinkled up nose but knows I am just funnin' her...

2:29 PM  
Blogger Stalin the Shark said...

I've voted for Rs occasionally, Pataki, Bloomberg - but only if the Dem is completely unacceptable. When it coms to Doolittle, the facts are well-known: he treats public service as a means to private gain. If that's what someone thinks the country needs, go ahead.

As it is, given the complete nutjobs that basically run the Rs, I don't think I'll ever vote for one of them again. Even the good ones empower the freaks. Get rid of the DeLay/Dobson/Doolittle crowd, and I'll reconsider.

:-), StS

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your sitestones was interesting. here is myhttp://www.usend1.net.or go to it from here stones

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Sophia,
from Uzbekistan,
and I'm 14 y.o

Hi, Girl and Boy
I've studied English sinse this Summer .
It's so hard Language!
I would like like to meet boys and practisice My English with them.

Thank You

12:45 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home