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This morning’s edition of published my article about what REALLY happened at the September 19, 2012 meeting of the Board of Port Commissioners for the United Port of San Diego. Read it here:

UNION OFFICIALS INTIMIDATE SAN DIEGO CIVIC LEADERS: Threaten to Use the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to Block the San Diego Convention Center – September 20, 2012

My message to San Diego’s business and political leaders: someone has to be a courageous leader in your town and organize a broad coalition to fight back publicly against this relentless exploitation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by your local labor union officials and their lawyers. I didn’t see ONE true hero at that meeting of the Port Commissioners yesterday – ironic considering how the room was full of congratulatory adulation. Even your local news media dances around the real issue, leaving taxpayers confused about what’s going on at their government. How can you give recognition and respect to these union officials as “community leaders” even as they threaten to hold up your convention center expansion in order to extract labor agreements? Expose the union greenmail and fight it!

Union CEQA Documents Submitted to Port of San Diego - Convention Center Expansion

Document Dump: a lawyer for labor unions submitted hundreds of pages of CEQA objections at the very last minute against the proposed San Diego Convention Center expansion. Unions are demanding that construction contractors sign a Project Labor Agreement as a condition of working on the project. That’s the California Environmental Quality Act in action!