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LIUNA 261 Political Director Vince Courtney Jr. Votes No On Prosecution Of Zimmerman
by repost
Thursday Aug 15th, 2013 5:55 PM
LIUNA Local 261 Political Director and Ed Lee's appointed representative on the Public Utility Commission opposed a San Francisco Labor Council resolution for justice for Trayvon Martin that called for prosecution of George Zimmerman. Apparently Courtney want to support the reactionary ALEC backed Stand Your Ground Laws and wants to defend Zimmerman.
LIUNA 261 Political Director Vince Courtney And And SF PUC Commissioner Votes Against Resolution On Trayvon Martin
When the vote came at the Executive Council of the SF Labor Council on a resolution called for the prosecution of Trayvon Martin's Killer George Zimmerman,
the two votes against were Larry Mazzola Jr. of the Plumbers Union and LIUNA 261 Political Director Vince Courtney And And SF PUC Commissioner. Courtney and Mazzola Jr. wanted everyone to know that they want Zimmerman to go free apparently and made this part of the record to show where they stand.
Apparently Courtney thinks the Stand Your Ground Laws are a good thing and justice was done in the case. Maybe he should check with the members he rules over about what they think but then he might have some problems.

SFLC Resolution on the Murder of Trayvon Martin

Whereas, George Zimmerman took it upon himself to determine that Trayvon Martin, a young African American, was “suspicious” and then disregarded the instructions of a 911 dispatcher, first stalking and then initiating a confrontation with Trayvon Martin that left the unarmed youth dead; and

Whereas, Trayvon Martin, an innocent young man was unjustifiably killed, and George Zimmerman is walking free, acquittal of the crime only makes this injustice both palpable and maddening; and

Whereas, the decision of the Florida jury to acquit George Zimmerman is causing many to not respect the decision of the jury any more than we would respect the jury that acquitted the 1955 killers of Emmett Louis Till; and

Whereas, we can only conclude that Trayvon Martin was a victim of this senseless crime because of his race; and

Whereas, when an unarmed 17 year old African American youth is approached and killed with impunity by a gun-wielding adult, the acquittal in this case sends the wrong message that the value of a human life depends upon race or skin color; and

Whereas, our shared humanity demands that we are all entitled to equal human and civil right and when those rights are violated, the federal government must uphold them when the state or local government will not,

Therefore Be it Resolved that we demand that Attorney General Eric Holder bring criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, and

Be it Finally Resolved that we send this resolution to Attorney General Eric Holder and to the congressional representatives in the jurisdiction of this Labor Council, to our Senators, our affiliates, neighboring Labor Councils, and the AFL-CIO asking for their immediate concurrence and action.

Submitted by Conny Ford, OPEIU 3, and adopted by the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council on August 5, 2013 and by the delegates of the San Francisco Labor Council on August 12, 2013.


Tim Paulson Executive Director

§Trayvon Martin
by repost Thursday Aug 15th, 2013 5:55 PM
Vince Courtney was one of the SF Labor Council Executive Council delegation from the the Laborers Local 261 to vote against the prosecution of Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin
by Joe Sixpack
Friday Aug 16th, 2013 1:20 PM
The no vote is the correct vote. There is no reason for prosecution of Zimmerman, he was found not guilty in a court of law, further prosecution is double jeopardy and a violation of Zimmerman's civil rights. Stand your ground had nothing to do with the case.

by Joe Six Pack's Pal Vince Courtney Jr.
Wednesday Aug 21st, 2013 12:18 AM
Joe Six Pack's Pal Vince Courtney Jr. apparently is in bed with the biggest union busters and privatizers in San Francisco. Joe Sixpack obviously needs a lesson is basic union principles and who is who in San Francisco.

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Gavin Newsom
California Lieutenant Governor, former Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee
Mayor of San Francisco
Willie Lewis Brown, Jr.
Former Mayor of San Francisco, former Speaker of the CA Assembly Francis M. "Frank" Jordan
Former Mayor of San Francisco, former Speaker of the CA Assembly
Fiona Ma
California Assembly Speaker pro Tempore,
Assembly District 12 - San Francisco Eric Mar
San Francisco Supervisor, District 1
Mark Farrell
San Francisco Supervisor, District 2 David Chiu
San Francisco Supervisor, District 3
President of the Board
Carmen Chu
San Francisco Supervisor, District 4 Ross Mirkarimi
San Francisco Supervisor, District 5
Jane Kim
San Francisco Supervisor, District 6 Sean Elsbernd
San Francisco Supervisor, District 7
Scott Wiener
San Francisco Supervisor, District 8 David Campos
San Francisco Supervisor, District 9
Malia Cohen
San Francisco Supervisor, District 10 John Avalos
San Francisco Supervisor, District 11
Dr. Warren S. Browner MD, MPH
California Pacific Medical Center Bob Arns
The Arns Law Firm
Tedi Vriheas
San Francisco Area Manager External Affairs
AT&T Marc Blakeman
Regional VP External Affairs
Alfredo Pedroza
State Government Relations Director
Wells Fargo Jimi Harris
Government Relations & Public Affairs
Jack Baylis
US Group Executive, Strategic Development
AECOM Tom Hart
E.V.P. Corporate Relations Director
Shorenstein Properties LLC
Rocco Davis
VP & Regional Manager
LiUNA! Pacific Southwest Region Oscar De La Torre
VP ; Business Manager
LiUNA Northern California District Council
Jeff Album
VP Public Government Affairs
Delta Dental of California Chris Gruwell
Platinum Advisors
Lisa Brown
Executive Director
NAIOP San Francisco Rodrigo Santos
San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth
Jaime Maciel Gonzalez
President CEO
Mission Housing Construction Group Mark Mengelberg
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Robert W. Babcock
R. W. Babcock Insurance Pete Gallegos
Secretary, Board of Directors
Mission Housing Development Corporation
Michael Rocco
San Francisco Program Director
City Hall Fellows Viola Maestras
Chair, Board of Directors
Mission Housing Development Corporation
Hannah Park
Global Health Sciences, UCSF Robert Mansfield
South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay
Neighborhood Assn.
Dr. Catherine Yee
UCSF Dr. Martin Brotman
Sutter, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)
Judy Li
Vice President
California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Tom Hennessy
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Anna Cheung
St. Mary's Hospital Mark Laret
Sue Currin
San Francisco General Hospital Ron Smith
Senior Vice President
Hospital Council of Northern and Central California
Stuart Fong
Government Affairs Officer
Chinese Hospital Melissa White
Government Affairs Officer
Abbie Yant
Vice President
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Michelle Horneff-Cohen
Property Management Systems
Jay Lampus
Brown and Company Stephen Cornell
Brownie's Hardware

Steven Falk
Co-Chair, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
President & CEO
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Leon Chow
Co-Chair, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Director of External Affairs
Ken Cleaveland
Treasurer, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Director Government & Public Affairs
Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco Larry J. Mazzola, Sr.
Secretary Treasurer, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Business Manager / Financial Secretary Treasurer
UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 38
Rob Black
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Executive Director
Golden Gate Restaurant Association Gary Delagnes
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
San Francisco Police Officer's Association
Ramon Hernandez
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Business Manager, LIUNA, Laborers Union Local No. 261 Pat Mulligan
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Financial Secretary
Carpenters and Joiners Local Union #22
Ron Smith
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Senior Vice President for Advocacy
Hospital Council of Northern and Central California Art Swanson
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
San Francisco Small Business Network
John Ulrich
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Assistant to the Secretary Treasurer, UFCW5 Christopher Wright
Director, Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
Executive Director
Committee On Jobs
Vince Courtney Jr.
Business Representative & Political Director
LiUNA! Local 261 NCDCL Fred Pecker
ILWU Local 6
Hunter Stern
Business Representative
IBEW 1245 Don Wilson
San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs' Association
Larry Del Carlo
CEO & President
Mission Housing Development Corporation Rosario Anaya
Executive Director
Mission Language and Vocational School
James A. Bryant
President, San Francisco Chapter
A. Philip Randolph Institute David Fix
Board Member
San Francisco Plan C

Inside the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth V.I.P. cocktail party with Willie Brown
08.18.11 - 2:36 pm | Rebecca Bowe | (10)

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Willie Brown said he was glad they didn't have YouTube when he ran for mayor.
Photo courtesy Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
The Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth hosted a V.I.P. reception just before a mayoral candidate forum held at UCSF Aug. 16, and former Mayor Willie Brown appeared to be the guest of honor. Although the theme of the event was technically "honoring San Francisco's mayors" -- former Mayor Frank Jordan was there, someone indicated that former Mayor Art Agnos was in the room, former Mayor Gavin Newsom was invited but didn't show, and Mayor Ed Lee was of course in attendence -- Brown seemed to be given more prominent recognition than any of the others.

The moment he strolled in, Sup. Mark Farrell, who was doing introductions for the the affair, scrambled onstage to announce Brown's presence and deliver a warm welcome, and everyone applauded. Within minutes, the former mayor was seen chatting with a crowd that included Mayor Lee and several others. Soon after, Brown and former Mayor Frank Jordan were summoned to the stage to say a few words.

Once in the limelight, Brown cracked a few jokes. He said he felt for the 36 mayoral candidates, who are forced to campaign in an era when the Internet threatens to reveal videos and photos of them at any time to thousands of online viewers. "I'm glad they didn't have that kind of communication system when I was running," he said. "I can't imagine the photographs you'd have of me floating around doing things I shouldn't have been doing."

As for his own time in Room 200, "I enjoyed every single solitary minute of it, and if I really thought I had great skills, I would be number 37," he said, drawing more applause.

Then again, common wisdom says it isn't necessary for Brown to bother campaigning in order to gain access to Room 200 these days. Later that same evening, during his own turn in the spotlight at the mayoral debate, Mayor Lee came under fire from Board President David Chiu, who revealed that Lee had privately confided to him about a week before he announced his candidacy that he was having a difficult time saying no to Brown and influential Chinatown business consultant Rose Pak when it came to launching a campaign for a full term.

Chiu's pointed question for the mayor was what had changed in his mind since that conversation, but Lee referenced neither Brown nor Pak in his answer. Instead, he said he'd changed his mind after witnessing his success in changing the tone of government and getting things done in City Hall.

Back at the V.I.P. reception, Brown and Jordan were invited onstage again, this time to receive awards presented by the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth. But first Steve Falk, president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, reminded the crowd that there was still time to buy a drink before the debate got underway. He said, "Debates are much more interesting after three drinks."

Before Falk presented Brown with a commemorative plaque, he said, "It's tough to put in a few sentences the life and times of Willie Brown," and proceeded to note that, with his term in the California Assembly and time serving as mayor of San Francisco behind him, Brown "has now followed his friend Herb Caen into an honest line of work as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle."

Being a newspaper columnist doesn't mean Brown is always kind to members of the local media. While mixing through the crowd minutes after receiving his award, he fired some harsh words at a well-known City Hall reporter who had recently published some unflattering articles about the "Run, Ed, Run" effort to encourage Lee to seek a full term.

In recent months, Brown's columns have provided the public at large with a rare glimpse into Mayor Lee's dining experiences in San Francisco. In February, Brown wrote in one of his columns that he went out to North Beach Restaurant at sat at the window table with Lee, Brown's "friend" Sonya Molodetskaya, and Jack Baylis, who serves as the US Group Executive of Strategic Development for AECOM, one of the city's largest contractors and a sponsor of the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth Event. (Baylis was on the invite list for the V.I.P reception, too.)

Apparently, AECOM had something to celebrate that same day -- according to an Aug. 16 press release, an AECOM joint venture was just awarded a $150 million contract for program management services for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's wastewater improvement program.

The V.I.P. reception had representation from many key players in the downtown business community, with sponsorship from AT&T, AECOM, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Wells Fargo, Motorola, California Pacific Medical Center, the San Francsico Chamber of Commerce, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the San Francisco Police Officer's Association, Shorenstein Properties, and others. Several labor unions, including the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 38, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local Union No. 22, and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 5 were also listed as sponsors. Guests included district supervisors, developers, lobbyists, business owners, mayoral candidates, media spokespeople, executives from the health care industry, and other political insiders.

Clearly, there were many people in the room who wanted to get on Brown's good side.

Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth Coalition - Mayoral Debate Update


Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth Coalition - Mayoral Debate Update

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA San Francisco is proud to be one of the founding members of the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth (AFJASG) - a new jobs-focused coalition of business, labor and community organizations. The objective is to explore how local businesses, labor and community-based organizations can benefit by creating a working relationship to encourage economic development in San Francisco.

On August 16, 2011, the AFJASG sponsored a San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Debate that involved the leading contenders in the race - including the first debate appearance by Public Defender Jeff Adachi:

• San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

• Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier

• San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos

• San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu

• Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty

• Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall

• San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

• San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

• Venture capitalist Joanna Rees

• San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting

• State Sen. Leland Yee
You can read more about the debate in the San Francisco Examiner by clicking here.

Thank you to the BOMA San Francisco members who attended the debate: Susan Court, GAPAC member; Mike Freeman, BOMA SF-PAC Member; Debbie Shea, BOMA GAPAC and Energy & Environment Committee member; Manny Fishman, BOMA California representative for BOMA SF; and Art Swanson,San Francisco Small Business Network President.

Debbie Shea and Mike Freeman

Art Swanson and Supervisor Mark Farrell

The AFJASG members include:

Business: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce | Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA - San Francisco) | San Francisco Committee on Jobs |Golden Gate Restaurant Association | San Francisco Small Business Network | Hospital Council of Northern & Central California

Labor: United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 38 | LiUNA!, Local 261 | SEIU - United Healthcare Workers - West | San Francisco Police Officers Association | United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local Union No. 22 | United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 5 |San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association | International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 6 | International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 | Northern California District Council of Laborers (NCDCL) | International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 856 | A. Philip Randolph Institute

Community: Plan C San Francisco | Mission Housing Development Corporation | Mission Language & Vocational School | Laborers Local 261 Community Service & Training Foundation | Other Community Organizations