Archive for November, 2012

Stay Tuned

Posted: November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

We’re working on a few different items and hope to have them posted soon after we return from break.

Happy Thanksgiving.  We have a lot to be thankful for since November 6. 🙂


Posted: November 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Cuesta Board of Trustees election may be over, but the aftermath is far from it.  As you know, on November 5, the CCFT Secretary/Treasurer mistakenly sent out a series of emails to the ccft website which had been intended for David Baldwin‘s campaign committee and the SLO County Dems. This action has sparked a firestorm of reaction.  Public comments at last night’s BOT meeting and elsewhere regarding the content of these emails appear to exemplify the seriousness of their impact.

The Board election was not close.  However, if I were David Baldwin (not to mention members of the SLO Dems), I would be apoplectic at the publishing of these private emails, especially on the day before the election. While the content of the emails was at times quite disturbing, the emails were written with the understanding that they were private.  But, instead, they were sent–on the day before the election of the union’s and the Dems’ endorsed candidate and with the financial support of the CCFT membership’s COPE funds, CCCUE’s COPE funds, money from CFT and other groups, and individual donations.

This is the latest, and likely the most serious, of the many errors of this type by this same Secretary/Treasurer. Additionally, CCFT is in major debt despite the failure of the union to represent multiple faculty in grievances or arbitration, which should be the only reason for a union’s debt.  Where is that money going?  Clearly not into your pockets.

We’re What’s Left believes it is time for the Secretary/Treasurer to resign his position with CCFT.

Our first “follower”

Posted: November 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today, We’re What’s Left in its new format gained its first follower: caringforcuesta.  Thanks!

You can follow this Cuesta blog, too.  All you have to do is sign up on this page, and you will receive an email when there are new posts.

On November 5, we reported that a particular CCFT Executive Board member had supported in social media both Meg Whitman and the far right group, Right Change.

Today, these two groups are no longer on this individual’s page.

Call me naive, but I just don’t understand why telling the truth is always so difficult.

(We do have a screen shot of the page.  Our intent, however, is not to call out the individual on this one.  Our intent is to “lean forward” [a term our esteemed president has espoused] and press for truth and transparency on all fronts.)

Let’s play fair

Posted: November 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today, as a result of an inadvertent message (don’t you hate it when you send an email to the wrong group of people?), it was clear that David Baldwin‘s campaign believes that opponent Barbara George does not support Prop 30 and does support Prop 32.  Wrong wrong wrong.  I just got off the phone with George.  She says she can’t believe that anyone could question her support for Proposition 30.  She has made it a vocal and a focal point of her campaign.  And, with regard to Proposition 32, she wore a “No on 32” button routinely on the campaign trail.  “Citizens United has done so much damage to politics, and to deny unions a right to contribute is just wrong,” George said.

And, with regard to the North County Tea Party endorsement, George said that she didn’t even know there was such a group in north county:  “I didn’t solicit their endorsement.  In fact, I was embarrassed by it when I campaigned the next day.” And, to make the claims that Baldwin’s campaign did in the Trib on Friday about George’s role in accreditation sadly makes it clear that the writer knows very little about Cuesta.

Personally, I have endorsed neither candidate.  But, come on, now.  How about fair play?  If you wanted to know George’s position on 30 and 32, why not ask her before you say the opposite publicly?  Why not argue the issues instead of playing dirty politics on another Democrat. We’d be saying this if the positions were reversed, and Baldwin was misrepresented.  After all, fair is fair.


Posted: November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to We’re What’s Left‘s new and permanent (and paid for) website!  Our prior one was free (and looked it) on the Mac; Mac no longer has the iWeb service.  Plus, our url changed with every issue.  Our address is now permanent, and you can visit it any time:

In addition to adding regular news items, we’ll also be adding archives when time permits.  We’re still learning how the site operates, so this issue will be simple.

Mary’s Voter Guide

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

We expect there’s a certain number of you of who wait until Election Day, as I do, to cast your ballot. There’s something about standing in a small cubicle with a curtain behind you; maybe it just reminds lapsed Catholics of a confessional.  Anyway, I’m sure most of you know how you’re going to vote–at least on the majority of items.  Just in case you need any help, I’m posting Mary’s Voter Guide.

Mary is Mary Bergan, California Federation of Teachers president from 1991-2007.  I was fortunate enough to serve as one of her vice-presidents for several years.  She has a remarkable labor background, has always put the worker first, and continues to fight the good fight.  During each major election, after a great deal of research, Mary puts together a voter guide.  It is informal, practical, and always very helpful to many.

This year, Proposition 35 was particularly annoying.  I was already strongly leaning No, but Mary’s analysis clinched it for me.  Do the research.  Also, be sure to vote No on Prop 38–the Munger initiative.  CFT posts a “No recommendation” on 38.  Although I understand the reasoning, I think it’s a bad call.

I hope you take Mary’s Voter Guide with you to the polls on Tuesday.  I know I will.  Thanks, Mary.

MARY’S VOTER GUIDE – November 2012

President / VP – BARACK OBAMA, Joe Biden
Take time to contact every friend, relative and anyone else who might listen to you in the “battleground” states and make them swear they will vote for Obama. Sure I’m a bit disappointed, but we are sunk if R&R take over.

State Propositions

Proposition 30 – Tax increases for the wealthy                                    YES
Increases for seven years income taxes for those earning over $250,000, and for four years sales taxes by ? cent to make the 2012-13 state budget work and prevent $6 billion in automatic cuts, most of them to education, including higher education. Provides needed revenue in subsequent years.

Proposition 31 – Government process reform                                         NO
Attempt to reform the way state and local governments do business. This could prevent programs from being approved even if the money is there and gives governor a bit more power to make unilateral cuts in a fiscal emergency. Environmentalists fear that ability of local governments putting forward experimental plans will be able to weaken enforcement of environmental protections.

Proposition 32 – Silence the unions                                                            NO
Destroys unions’ abilities to participate in candidate elections. Claims to also prohibit contributions by corporations, but applies to only a few, and exempts super-PACs from its provisions.

Proposition 33 – Auto insurance rates                                                          NO
Mercury Insurance’s third attempt to poach customers from other companies while raising rates for those who take breaks from car ownership.

Proposition 34 – Death penalty                                                                        YES
Eliminates the death penalty, replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

Proposition 35 – Human trafficking                                                                  NO
Expands definitions of human trafficking for purposes of commercial sex in ways that could criminalize many who shouldn’t be. Increases financial penalties and prison sentences. Opposed by ACLU, Council of Churches, many who work with trafficking victims, and several newspapers. Sacramento Bee has a good editorial (, scroll through endorsements), and there is a series of informational essays at This is an area in which the legislature does good work; Prop 35 mucks up current law and prospective efforts. Keep in mind that it takes another proposition to amend laws enacted through initiative.

Proposition 36 – Three strikes                                                                              YES
Revises three strikes law to ease sentencing requirements when the third strike is a non-serious, non-violent offense. If first two offenses were particularly egregious, current third strike penalties will still be applied.

Proposition 37 – Labeling of genetically modified foods                                   YES
Requires labeling of most foods with genetically modified ingredients.

Proposition 38 – Tax increases for EC, K-12 education                                       NO
Increases income taxes on 60 percent of California taxpayers, with money going to K-12 and early childhood education, also to debt repayment for first three years. Tax is in effect for 12 years, beginning 2013. Passage of Prop 38 will not prevent automatic cuts to schools in this budget year.

Proposition 39 – Closing of tax loophole                                                                YES
Repeals one of three tax breaks put in as price of Republican votes for the 2009 budget. Requires multi-state corporations to pay taxes based on sales in California, not be given the choice of other factors which decrease their liability. For first five years, about half of $1 billion gained in revenue would go to fund energy-efficient projects; after that, all money would go into state general fund.

Proposition 40 – State Senate redistricting                                                            YES
This is a referendum on the State Senate districts laid out by the Citizens Redistricting Commission and in effect for this election. So the question is whether you want to retain these districts. Of course we do! So the vote is YES.

Mary Bergan

For all South County SLO folks: Please vote for Jeff Stein for Lucia Mar School Board. Jeff has taught at Cuesta College for many years and is hoping to use his academic background and concern for students on the K-12 school board. Check out his platform on his FB campaign page: Jeffrey W. Stein.

Cuesta Board of Trustees Race

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

NOTE: As you might recall, We’re What’s Left along with Concerned Cuesta Faculty for Change were the ones who recruited David Baldwin last Spring to run for the Board of Trustees in District 2.  Because we are being asked by many, we’d like to state that WWL is not endorsing either candidate for the District 2 slot.

You don’t own me

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

A fun, sing-a-long video about the election–what else?  Lesley Gore style–

“You Don’t Own Me”

P.S.  In the last days of the campaign, we’re giving to Ohio (and, Prop 30, of course).  How about you?