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He needs to be MADE to get to work. Put matches in his butt.

John Perez said recently in an article that his caucus will "do nothing" with his caucus's new powers. John Perez is gay, a union leader/organizer, and Hispanic. A couple weeks ago he said this:  

Perez said in a statement that he planned to move fast with his party’s new powers. “In the new legislative session we will have 54 Democrats hitting the ground running, eager to work for jobs, recovery and economic growth for California," Perez said, adding that he was "honored and humbled to receive the unanimous support of my colleagues to continue leading that effort."

Here is the link for the above quote.

However, here is what Perez said in this LA times article or has been believed to have said:

When Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was asked what he intended to do with his caucus' new power, he responded with one word: Nothing.

How can he say such a thing suddenly? I thought he understood struggles and would want to help people.

Thankfully, the senate leader counterpart is pushing hard (his agenda echoed by Jerry Brown). Here is what the senate leader said in the same article. Thank god.

Steinberg, his Senate counterpart, has been more forthcoming, suggesting lawmakers pursue changes to the state's tax structure and restore money to social services. He said he also wanted to tweak the initiative process by setting expiration dates for ballot measures and requiring proponents to negotiate with the Legislature to refine their proposals.

"We have a responsibility to move the state forward," Steinberg said. "I promise that we will exercise this new power with strength but also with humility and with reason."

Liberals and California people, you need to be organizing and starting the pressure right now. This your moment and time. National progressives and people are organizing and pressuring the DC Democrats and Obama. They are pushing the leaders in the right direction.

John Perez needs a piece of your mind and also you need to really push the supermajority well. I am confident California will become the epitome of Progressive America finally. However, the left needs to be playing the long game of organizing and pressuring RIGHT NOW.

Here is John Perez's contact and email

Contact Information:

John A. Pérez for Assembly
777 S. Figueroa St. Suite #4050
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Office: 213-452-6553
Fax: 866-228-5168

Originally posted to sreeizzle2012 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM PST.

Also republished by California politics.

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  •  Demand single payer! If California gets single... (2+ / 0-)
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    sreeizzle2012, S F Hippie

    payer, it will destroy the entire insurance industry.

    California SP=USA SP.

    •  The supermajorities (0+ / 0-)

      definitely have the votes this time. The minority senate insurance company leech democrats are now insignificant.

      We made it far last session. We CAN do this. California CAN.

      •  Many of the past votes for single payer have (0+ / 0-)

        been symbolic. That is, people were willing to vote for the idea of it if they knew it wouldn't pass. They didn't have to trouble themselves with the details of implementation or the risk to the state's fiscal health in a time of precarious budgeting.

        Getting the votes if it will actually pass is going to be much much harder.

        The representatives will have to be convinced that it will work and work quickly, that it won't create cash flow situations for the state, and that in the end they'll be vindicated as heroes.

        There is much work to be done. Frankly, even though I support single payer nationally, I have significant concerns about implementing it now (while budget is already in crisis) at the state level. There is no room for error.

        So that's the campaign that needs to be run: figuring out contingencies and logistics so it can be sold to both the public and the legislature as fiscally conservative instead of a flyer of an experiment.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:43:53 PM PST

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  •  I am not (2+ / 0-)

    all that impressed with Perez in general, but that statement ("Nothing") was pretty boneheaded.

    At the very least he could say something like, "I anticipate fewer obstacles in passing a budget that will respond to the needs of Californians in the coming legislative season."

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