Compare the Candidates for California Governor
SEIU 721 members have endorsed Jerry Brown for Governor on Nov. 2. Here's why:
Jerry Brown's values can help us rebuild California.
• A life in public service
Jerry Brown's career of public service includes more than 40 years of dedicating himself to his state and his community.
• Standing with working people
As governor, Jerry marched with farm workers, helped state employees and school employees gain the right to a union contract, and has increased benefits for the unemployed and to to pregnant women.
• Cracking down on labor abuse
As attorney general, he investigated the underground economy and sued numerous construction, farm labor, trucking and car wash companies that exploited and abused their workers and violated California's labor laws by failing to pay legal wages.
• Protecting our communities
As Attorney General, Brown has cracked down on violent gangs, and worked closely with local police and sheriffs to apprehend dangerous criminals, con artists and major perpetrators of fraud and financial crimes.
• Fighting corporate abuses
As Attorney General, Jerry has pursued companies who perpetrated massive mortgage fraud, including an $8.6 billion settlement with Countrywide. He has also filed suit against Moody's, which helped cause the recession by giving high ratings to bogus investments.
Wall St. values like Meg Whitman's devastated California.
"Her ethical compass was tested repeatedly ... and some shareholders, regulators and business partners found it wanting." - Los Angeles Times, May 11
• Insider deals
Whitman made $1.8 million from Goldman Sachs stock deals so close to bribery they were later made illegal. (Sacramento Bee, April 28, 2010)
• Profiting off misery
Whitman's fortune has been built on funds that preyed on post Hurricane Katrina foreclosures as well as "vulture funds" that specialize in profiting off people hurt by the recession. (Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2010)
• Avoiding taxes
Whitman's family foundation invested in tax-sheltered accounts in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, avoiding paying the taxes that regular people have to pay. (California Accountability Project, April 2010)
• Skipping Elections
Whitman has not voted in more than half the local and national elections since 2002, according to voting records (Sacramento Bee, Oct. 6, 2009)
• Attacking workers
Whitman has promised to fire 40,000 state workers and dismantle public workers' retirement security. (San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 23, 2009, and Sacramento Bee, March 12, 2010)
• Siding with insurance companies
Whitman wants to repeal the recently passed healthcare reform law that expands coverage and prohibits insurance companies from denying people because of pre-existing conditions. (Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2010)