The results of the hasty affiliation vote were announced on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by ADDA President Hyatt Seligman in a members only email.
The ADDA email wasn't exactly news to ADDA members, nor the overwhelming majority of DDAs who learned of the results in The Metropolitan News Enterprise earlier in the day, together with some very outspoken criticism questioning both the process and the compatibility of alignment with a big labor union. The Met News quoted DDA David Berger, "who has been critical of the group’s leadership," as having "predicted that affiliation would pass" and that "there will be a great many DAs who will feel the election was rigged” since there is “an unhealthy lack of transparency about the way ADDA holds elections.”
"The prosecutor—who has previously accused ADDA President Hyatt Seligman and his predecessor, Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen, of having “hijacked” the group to serve their own purposes—said affiliation with AFSCME “just heightens my fear that there will never be truly representative leadership of the ADDA.”
The Met News also quoted DDA Steve Dickman, who "said he voted against affiliation because he opposed becoming aligned with “big labor” and he does not “want to have any of my dues going to support the kind of causes that I really don’t agree with.”
He said that most large labor unions, and “AFSCME in particular, have very different views politically and policy-wise than I do.” For example, Dickman said, AFSCME supported Proposition 66, which “would have gutted three-strikes,” but the ADDA had opposed it.
AFSCME is “very, very different than myself, and I think, most of my colleagues,” Dickman said."
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, the Met News published celebratory statements by Seligman and Ipsen, with Seligman "...reached on vacation out of state, heralded the outcome of Tuesday’s ballot count as “ a huge victory for our union, majority rule and freedom of choice.”
Past ADDA president and current board member Steve Ipsen also proclaimed it “a great day for prosecutors” that was “a long time in coming.”
The final tally came in at 133 votes in favor of affiliation with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and 24 opposed.
This “landslide victory,” Seligman said, “gives us the momentum to move forward with a vote on agency shop aided by a powerful and trusted ally with special expertise in this crucial area.”"
Ipsen was quoted extensively, far more so that Seligman, a fact that some might say underlines the reality of the situation that Ipsen, restored to the ADDA Board after members rejected his candidacy, is still very much in control with Seligman doing what he's told.
The "landslide" claim is frankly laughable. A total of 157 votes were counted; 133 for, 24 against. The ADDA is believed to have as many as 300 members, so more than half the membership either decided not to vote, or voted against joining big labor. Or perhaps the dearth of 'No' votes represents a large number of ballots that never reached members, arrived too late, or were lost in the mail?
When those 133 votes are put in perspective with the 800 or so DDAs who will be eligible to vote in the as-yet unscheduled "agency shop" vote to compel all DDAs to pay dues to the ADDA/AFSCME, there may be a real landslide in the other direction, but it will not matter to Ipsen; he has secured his place in the ADDA's big labor backed leadership that will ensure that meritless lawsuits continue to define the Ipsen's approach to representing members.
DA CANDIDATES FUNDRAISING FRENZIES
With the June 30, 2011 deadline for DA candidates to report their fundraising successes, all candidates are working hard to bump Alan Jackson from his early lead.
Mario Trujillo has been holding fundraisers like a man possessed and has very quickly mastered the art of working the room. Trujillo had one fundraiser Thursday night, and has another scheduled for the weekend.
Bobby Grace also had a big fundraiser Thursday night in Downtown LA, part of BET Awards Week called "Jammin' for Justice."
Jackie Lacey has also been busy fundraising, and has this event hosted by former DDA David Fleck, just before the reporting deadline.
Fleck tells the Dragnet that he had the idea to combine the launch of his new business litigation practice with providing support for Lacey. So far he says he's had a very enthusiastic response to Lacey's fundraiser.
FUNDRAISING FAUX PAS
|Lobbyist John Ek beside his former criminal defense attorney City AttorneyCarmen Trutanich|
and the controversial cocktail reception hosted by Ek in San Pedro
The point previously made about the lack of a campaign disclosure on Trutanich's invitation is, perhaps, better understood when you look at Jackie Lacey's invitation. The disclosure statement is a requirement imposed by the FPPC, and an ethical violation can result in a variety of punishments if a complaint is lodged.