Amid ugly acrimony, state Senate approves Isadore Hall for ALRB post

Amid heated allegations of state cronyism and racism, the California state Senate voted along party lines to confirm Isadore Hall to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The bitter floor statements featured those who viewed Hall’s appointment to ALRB as an effort by Governor Jerry Brown to keep a political crony financially viable. Last year, Hall lost a congressional campaign to Rep. Nanette Barragán. A Democrat from Los Angeles, Barragán called Hall a crook. Critics of Hall’s ALRB appointment, led by Senator…

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Whistleblower at ALRB becomes national news

The ALRB’s Isadore Hall fiasco has turned an obscure subject of the California agricultural industry into a national story about California crony corruption. Among other things, it focused light on a 30-year ALRB employee who became a whistleblower to expose the board’s wrongdoing against farmworkers. What had been confined to the Central Valley area and occasionally got attention in Sacramento and Los Angeles suddenly became a national story. From New York, the financial news giant Forbes took note in a…

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ALRB corruption is now a national story; Forbes suggests FBI probe

Cronyism and corruption in the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board is now a national story. Our cause to expose ALRB’s corruption has caused controversy in California for a long time. Now, from New York, one of the most influential financial publications in the world has taken interest. Forbes ran a piece today titled “Corruption and Collusion in California Labor Board.” The column, authored by Matthew Patterson, began bluntly: “If one of the FBI’s priorities is still to ‘combat public corruption at all…

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Make $142,000 a year part-time with no experience: The Isadore Hall story

Easy Money: Los Angeles Times editors call Isadore Hall‘s ALRB job part of the “shameful” and “loathsome” crony culture of California politics. Our video shows how the Isadore Hall got a six-figure, part-time, taxpayer-funded job to supervise farmworkers, even though the LA Times says he’s unqualified. Hall is a loyal tool of the UFW union, and he’ll use his office to exploit farmworkers for political gain. Screen shots from our Isadore Hall “That’s California, Folks!” video  

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Isadore Hall admits he violated federal law, and pays fine for taking illegal money

ALRB member-designate Isadore Hall admitted that he violated federal election campaign law, and paid a fine for accepting illegal money, Bloomberg reports. Isadore Hall also lied to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the report said. Hall “has agreed to pay a $1,500 fine to the Federal Election Commission because a state ballot measure committee Hall controlled received illegal ‘soft money’—contributions that didn’t comply with federal contribution limits and restrictions,” according to Bloomberg. Hall’s settlement with the FEC also required him to return…

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Los Angeles Times: Isadore Hall on ALRB is part of ‘shameful’ & ‘loathsome’ crony system

Isadore Hall’s appointment to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board is a symptom of what the Los Angeles Times editorial board calls the state’s “shameful” and “loathsome” crony politics. “What does a career politician from urban Los Angeles County know about the state’s agricultural industry?” the Times asked, echoing not only farmers but farmworkers, too. “The concern about experience is reasonable,” the Times editorial board said. “This quasi-judicial board rules on workplace disputes over allegedly unfair labor practices and other complaints, some brought…

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Time to for FBI to bust ALRB-UFW racket? One lawmaker thinks so

The state of California has become so corrupt, with workers having almost nowhere to turn to escape the ALRB-UFW protection racket, that it’s time to call in the FBI. That’s what Assemblyman Jim Patterson told KMJ radio host Ray Appleton today. This really changes things. A 30-year employee of the ALRB in Visalia revealed systematic corruption inside the agency to force workers to join the UFW. “What this whistleblower has said,” Patterson explained, “is that the ALRB as a racket…

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Congresswoman Barragan said Isadore Hall broke federal corruption law

Isadore Hall, who awaits Senate confirmation as the newest member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), may have violated a federal campaign corruption law during his failed 2016 congressional campaign. Congresswoman Nanette Barragán first made the allegation last year, while running against Hall in the Democratic primary. The Los Angeles Times first reported the question – and Hall hasn’t answered it. Here’s what the Times reported: “His [Hall’s] primary opponent Nanette Barragán, an attorney and former member of the Hermosa Beach…

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UFW activist Shawver not listed on public version of ALRB staff directory

The ALRB has not listed Deputy General Counsel Silas Shawver on the public version of its staff directory, raising more questions about why the agency remains so secretive. Shawver is a United Farm Workers (UFW) activist attorney who was removed from ALRB in 2015, after Governor Jerry Brown purged the ALRB General Counsel’s office for possibly illegal bias toward a favored union. The activist lawyer has been gunning against farmworkers who don’t want to recognize the UFW as their labor…

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UFW exempts itself from new overtime law

UFW used its influence with politicians to exempt itself from California’s new overtime law. “They’ve changed the rules of the game, which now they’re excluded from, but everyone else has to comply. So, they’ve literally re-written the rules to put themselves in safer because they don’t have to comply and everyone else does,” Assemblyman Devon Mathis told CBS Fresno. The UFW claims that that’s a lie. So CBS ran the wording of AB 1066, the new overtime law, past legal expert…

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De Leon ‘slush fund’ tied to UFW lobby triad

California’s pay-to-play political establishment showed itself again. Senator Kevin de Leon’s pushing through the nomination for UFW-backed Genevieve Shiroma to serve yet another term on the state agriculture board has a sleazy money angle. UFW lobbyist Richie Ross – to whom Shiroma paid more than $120,000 in a political deal – was a subject of the appointee’s confirmation hearing before the June 20 Senate Rules Committee hearing that de Leon shared, but the senator did not reveal that he, too,…

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Senator says ‘corrupt’ ALRB is ‘not helping the people at the bottom of the chain’

For the first time in history, lawmakers denounced the ALRB from the Senate floor as a “corrupt” organization. “Unfortunately, the ALRB has turned its back on farm workers and now sees its number-one job as a shill for the UFW,” said Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) during the party-line vote to confirm disgraced ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma to an unprecedented fourth term. “The ALRB has become corrupt and not helping the people at the bottom of the chain as was…

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Senate confirms disgraced Shiroma for a fourth ALRB term

ALRB-boardmember-for-life Genevieve Shiroma, long accused of bias on the agricultural panel, got a party-line Senate confirmation this week for yet another term. “It’s time for her to retire,” said Senator Tom Berryhill. “She’s been on that board a long time.” Governor Gray Davis first appointed Shiroma in 1999. Headlining the news, the Sacramento Bee called Shiroma “controversial” and cited lawmakers who called her a shill for the UFW. Shiroma got confirmed despite – or perhaps because of – her ties…

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Shiroma, on defensive, insists she’s ‘absolutely an honorable person’

No longer able to hide from reporters and public scrutiny, ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma had to face her accusers during her June 20 Senate confirmation hearing for another term. Senators repeatedly asked Shiroma about her bias toward the UFW, her financial and political relationship with UFW lobbyist Richie Ross, her political contributions to pro-UFW politicians, and her failure to account for ALRB spending to deny farmworkers the right to have their votes against the UFW counted. Finally, Shiroma stammered,…

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