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Only 28 days until election day! The ACSS Political Program needs your help!

Posted: 10/7/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3142

Posted 10/7/14

ACSS' Political program needs you!

There are only 28 days until election day!

Help get ACSS endorsed candidates across the finish line in these critical seats.

Vote-by-mail ballots are arriving in homes beginning this week. Voters are already voting. Vote-by-mail has began.

Help ACSS by volunteering now!

Please do what you can to support our candidates today.

Thank you so much for your support and help!
Frank P. Ruffino
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, ACSS
Contact Frank Ruffino at acss@acss.org.

Candidate Running for: Campaign HQ/Location: Contact info
Betty Yee State Controller San Francisco betty@bettyyee.com
Alex Padilla Secretary of State Los Angeles info@alex-padilla.com
Jose Solorio Senate (SD 34) Anaheim/Santa Anna area Maria Unzueta (323) 687-7046
www.solorioforsenate.com
Bonnie Garcia Senate (SD 28) Riverside County Sara Spencer (949) 412-8775 or
David Morgan (951) 830-5805
dmorganpolitical@yahoo.com
Marc Steinorth Assembly (AD 40) Alta Loma/Rancho Cucamonga area Ross Seby (415) 377-2577
marc@marcsteinorth.com
Tim Sbranti Assembly (AD 16) Dublin/Walnut Creek area

Calvin Sherwood (925) 212-7915 
calvin@timsbranti.com

Connie Leyva Senate (SD 20) Los Angeles connieleyvaforsenate@gmail.com
Sharon Quirk-Silva Assembly (AD 65) Buena Park/Fullerton area www.sharonquirksilva.com

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Your ACSS Political Action Committee … in Action!

Posted: 10/3/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 4116

Posted: 10/3/2014

From left, Frank Ruffino, Ling-Ling Chang and Todd D’Braunstein at a fundraiser luncheon for Chang, (AD 55 Candidate) at Hock Farm Craft & Provisions Restaurant in Sacramento.

This week Frank Ruffino (VP of Governmental Affairs) and Todd D’Braunstein (VP of Membership Development) met with candidates and political leaders to discuss the issues facing ACSS members and to support these candidates in their campaigns. It is candidates like these that understand ACSS’ issues and will fight to protect your career, your compensation, and your benefits. 

Support the PAC by contributing now!

Also, don’t forget to volunteer today to help ACSS-endorsed candidates get elected to these critical seats.

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ACSS’ Political Program Needs YOU! Volunteer today to help ACSS-Endorsed Candidates.

Posted: 10/2/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 4087

Posted: 10/2/2014

Volunteer NOW! ACSS Needs your help to win these critical Senate and Assembly seats.

Are you tired of hearing negative spin about state employees from elected officials?

Are you tired of seeing your livelihood attacked one after another at the polls?

Now you can be part of the solution by volunteering to help ACSS-Endorsed Candidates win these critical election seats. With less than 35 days until the November election, every vote is so important.  It is crucial that our candidates win these Senate and Assembly seats to have elected officials in office that support ACSS’ issues. Even an hour of your time per week can make a world of difference on Election Day. ACSS’ Political Action Committee and our Endorsed Candidates urge you to stand up and make a difference by volunteering!

Please contact one or several of the following candidates to volunteer.  Let’s move to victory – help ACSS by volunteering NOW!

Elect Betty Yee for Controller, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, Jose Solorio for Senate, Bonnie Garcia for Senate, Marc Steinorth for Assembly, Tim Sbranti for Assembly, Connie Leyva for Senate, and re-elect Sharon Quick-Silva to the Assembly.

Thank you so much for your support and help!
Frank P. Ruffino
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, ACSS
Contact Frank Ruffino at acss@acss.org.

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ACSS Mentioned in the Sacramento Bee About SB 216

Posted: 10/1/2014 Tags: ACSS In The News compaction governor legislature politics salary Tags Views: 3709

Posted: 10/1/2014

Jerry Brown vetoes state pay and seniority shift-preference bills

Sacramento Bee | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Association of State Supervisors sponsored the measure and lobbied lawmakers for two years, said Rocco Paternoster, the group’s executive director. When the Legislature sent the bill to Brown without a single dissenting vote, the supervisors hoped the governor would be convinced to sign it...


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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Brown Vetoes SB 216

Posted: 9/30/2014 Tags: compaction governor legislature politics salary Tags Views: 5210

Posted: 9/30/2014

In a letter to members of the California State Senate, Governor Brown returned SB 216 without his signature. Brown agrees that salary compaction is a serious issue that hurts managerial-level employees and must be dealt with, but he chose not to sign this bill because he believes that SB 216 is not the best method to resolve the problem of compaction at this time. In his veto letter, he states that he understands that the intent of this bill is to ensure that the salaries for managerial employees are higher than the employees they supervise. His administration has made progress on this issue within the past 12 months and will continue to meet with ACSS to discuss compaction issues.

ACSS has worked hard for over 15 years on the issue to resolve compaction. We have discussed compaction with several California governors and their administrations. These dialogs have bore little fruit as various administrations have consistently placed other interest and other state employees before supervisors and managers. While the Brown Administration has addressed one or two instances of compaction these efforts are too few and far between.

ACSS is pleased to see the Governor’s statement that his administration will continue to discuss compaction issues with us. However ACSS and state excluded employees do not want or deserve another 15 years of circular discussion and inaction.

Our next meeting with CalHR is on October 6th, 2014. ACSS continues to commit to resolving the issue of salary compaction faced by its members and, as always, will continue to inform you on progress with these efforts.

Click here to view the veto letter from the Governor.


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ACSS Chapter 513 meets with Assemblymember Rocky Chavez

Posted: 7/25/2014 Tags: legislature politics Tags Views: 2088

Photo Credit: Michael Hadland
From left to right: Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, ACSS Vice President for Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino and Chapter 513 President Arlene Ryan.

ACSS meets and greet Assemblymember Rocky Chavez at his Club 76 event at the Oceanside Harbor. He spoke on the current political atmosphere in SAcramento and his role as a first term Assembly Legislator. Assembly member Chavez has an extensive background as a Marine Colonel, Oceanside City Councilmember, and former California Secretary on Veterans Affairs. ACSS spoke to him about compaction and ACSS role in state government. Rocky is an individual with the experience needed to create positive solutions for California, said Frank Ruffino, ACSS Vice President of Governmental Affairs.

 


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UPDATE: ACSS Endorsed Candidates Election Results

Posted: 6/6/2014 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 1710

Below are a couple of interesting follow up items to our June 5th article (according to ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin):

  1. With the counting yesterday of provisional ballots, ACSS-endorsed Bonnie Garcia went from 77 votes down to 102 votes up in her race to finish second in SD 28. Which is a good thing.
  2. John Perez moved in the opposite direction. After votes were counted yesterday he slipped into third place in the Controller's race 1,405 votes behind Republican surprise David Evans. It is my understanding that there are still lots of votes to count in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Alameda counties - all places that Perez far outperformed Evans. This one might take a couple of weeks to decide.

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ACSS Quarterly - Arriving Soon!

Posted: 4/10/2014 Tags: Lobby Day politics Tags Views: 1671

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of ACSS Quarterly, featuring our coverage of the California Democratic and Republican conventions and notes on Lobby Day 2014.

In the meantime, feel free to browse through last quarter's issue on our news page.


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ACSS Quarterly - Arriving Soon!

Posted: 1/2/2014 Tags: Lobby Day politics Tags Views: 1590

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of ACSS Quarterly, featuring an article from ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino and important information on Lobby Day 2014.

In the meantime, feel free to browse through last quarter's issue on our news page.


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California mayors tell Reed to drop pension attack

Posted: 12/3/2013 Tags: election governor pension politics Tags Views: 2308

More than a dozen Republican and Democrat mayors throughout California have signed a letter urging San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to drop his attack on public employees' retirement.

"We believe that engaging our public servants in constructive dialogue rather than political battles is a more effective way of achieving balancing budgets," wrote the elected leaders.


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