UNION BACKING PART TIME SUPERVISORS HAS DEEP POCKETS

UNION BACKING PART TIME SUPERVISORS HAS DEEP POCKETS

UNION BACKING PART TIME SUPERVISORS HAS DEEP POCKETS
The powerful county union backing a proposed measure to reduce County Supervisors to part-time has a political action committee fund with well over a half-million dollars, according to campaign finance reports. The San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association, SEBA, representing about 3,100 county public safety employees, has over $660,000 on hand in its local PAC. Last week, SEBA announced that it would fund a proposed ballot measure that would make supervisors’ positions part-time, cut their pay and benefits, and reduce their annual staff budget from $6 million to $250,000. The announcement came the same day the union criticized a proposed ballot measure that would require future employee pension increases go before voters. SEBA has been at odds with the county in contract negotiations in recent months over retirement and health benefit concessions. SEBA has donated to most of the county supervisors in 2011 and one of the candidates, Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt received $15,200. San Manuel tribal Chairman James Ramos, who is challenging Supervisor Neil Derry in the 3rd District, received $7,995. The union also donated $5,000 to Derry, $5,000 to Supervisor Rutherford, $300 to Board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales and $10,000 to District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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