Veto AB 1513
Re “Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session” (sacbee.com, Sept. 18): I want to acknowledge The Sacramento Bee editorial board’s work and that of reporter Jim Miller calling attention to the passage of AB 1513, a shameless SEIU-sponsored bill that is before Gov. Jerry Brown. We ask the governor to veto this bill. The bill is a clear violation of the California constitutional guarantee of the right to privacy, addresses no substantive policy concern and establishes a double-standard for privacy rights of home care aides and state employees. If enacted, AB 1513 would constitute bad faith by collecting confidential information from home care aides under the promise that this information would be kept confidential under current law, only to subsequently disclose that information to an unaffiliated third party. It also imposes a new cost to the Department of Social Services, which would administer an “opt out” process for people wishing to keep their information private. The Home Care Registry is self-funded, with revenue for this program coming from fees that home care aides pay into the program. Imagine, having to pay a fee to the state and then having your personal information disclosed to an unaffiliated organization. Organized labor has lost its compass on this issue. Worker organization should not come at the cost of privacy rights.
Phil Bongiorno, Home Care Association of America, Washington, D.C.
Tasteless car wash
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Re “See how much this topless car wash raised for wounded deputies” (sacbee.com, Sept. 18): What a demeaning sexist assumption to think we automatically think of women as the subject of “topless.” Similarly, people write blonde or redhead with the assumption that we know that means women. It doesn’t. Men have the same features. This silly article had no business being printed on the same day as a thought provoking editorial and other important articles. This was nothing but a promotion for the strip club, whose manager was quoted no fewer than seven times. Does anyone truly feel it is newsworthy that this manager of a strip club felt good? This sexist fluff piece should not have been published.
Claudia Krich, Davis
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