The State Worker

CalPERS board candidate reports stolen campaign signs

With ballots hitting mailboxes this week, a candidate for one of two seats on CalPERS Board of Administration says that approximately 200 of his campaign signs in Sacramento have been stolen.

David Miller has filed a police report, claiming that $1,600 worth of election signs were removed along the busy Q Street and P Street corridors sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. In a telephone interview, Miller said he doesn’t know who took the signs, but called the thefts “typical campaign dirty tricks.”

Miller, who is president of the state scientists’ union, said his signs were taken down while Theresa Taylor’s signs were left untouched. Taylor, a long-time Franchise Tax Board employee, also is running for the same state-employee representative seat on the 13-member CalPERS board and has the support of SEIU Local 1000. Taylor’s campaign did not return a phone call and an email seeking comment about Miller’s claims.

Miller said that campaign volunteers alerted him Tuesday morning that his signs were gone. He had about 45 signs in reserve and personally put them up Tuesday.

“It’s a frustration,” Miller said. “I have a small campaign fund and the signs are costly.”

Miller’s campaign has reported contributions totaling $20,500 through the end of August. The bulk of the money came from Professional Engineers in California Government and California Association of Professional Scientists, where Miller is president.

Taylor’s campaign took in $68,601.70 from several unions, while Local 1000 has set up an independent expenditure committee supporting Taylor and seeded it with $225,000.

Iqbal S. Badwalz is the third candidate on the ballot for the state-employee board position currently held by retired California State University professor George Diehr, who is not seeking reelection. Badwalz has no reported campaign money.