More than 20 liberal organizations, calling themselves the Quality of Life Coalition, have pledged to defeat More than 20 liberal organizations, calling themselves the Quality of Life Coalition, have pledged to defeat the proposal from the San Diego Association of Governments. They argue the package of transit, highway, stormwater and preservation projects doesn’t do enough to shift the region to an environmentally sustainable transportation network, or promise enough to the laborers who will construct the $18 billion worth of projects over 40 years.Does relying on misinformation from staff sound familiar?
Heebner and Shaffer responded that it was insulting to suggest they were being duped.
“We are both thoughtful, intelligent women who have studied the issues,” they wrote in response.
In one section, Heebner and Shaffer argue that the federal government prevents SANDAG from striking project labor agreements – deals that guarantee worker pay and benefits and that require hiring to be done through union halls. It is a specific priority for the coalition.No indication whether Shaffer also admitted to the mistake and apologized. But that would be very uncharacteristic for her.
Ricardo Ochoa, a union attorney and coalition member, responded harshly.
“The assertion that ‘the Federal Government does not allow PLAs’ is 100% false, and I am sorry that SANDAG staff is apparently spreading such misinformation,” Ochoa wrote.
He’s right. The Obama administration encourages PLAs on federal projects, and has since February 2009.
Heebner copped to the error, apologized, and said she stood by the rest of the letter.