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Champion of Working Families to Run for State Assembly

The latest San Jose council member to run for state Assembly will be Ash Kalra, and he may have to once again battle some of his current and former colleagues to get there.

Kalra, a two-term councilman representing the southeast San Jose District 2, announced Wednesday that he will run in the November 2016 election to replace Nora Campos, who by will be termed out of Assembly District 27, which includes most of San Jose. It was hardly unexpected, as political insiders have long been pointing to the seat as a likely next step for Kalra, who is also termed out at the end of 2016.

Kalra has made a reputation for siding with city employees in strongly opposing what he considers over-the-top fiscal reform measures backed by former Mayor Chuck Reed and his successor, Sam Liccardo. More recently, he has moved to broaden his profile, leading an effort this week for the city to formally oppose a regional oil train facility project based in San Luis Obispo County, and chairing regional transit and air quality boards.

Kalra is strongly backed by public-sector unions, who figure to form a solid base of financial support for his Assembly run starting with a kickoff event Jan. 31. He hopes to follow a familiar playbook to victory. Campos was backed by the well-funded unions during her time on the San Jose City Council and then in her run for Assembly, as was former Councilman Kansen Chu, who was elected to represent the neighboring Assembly district in November.

While no one else has publicly declared as a candidate, Kalra acknowledged the open seat will likely attract a large field starting with the June 2016 primary.

In local political circles, both Madison Nguyen, who recently termed out as San Jose's vice mayor, and Rose Herrera, who was elevated to vice mayor this week and will term out in 2016, have been mentioned as potential contenders for the seat. Both are opposed by unions and often voted against Kalra in council debates. Neither had any immediate reaction to his announcement Wednesday. Herrera was out of town on city business.

"Regardless of who runs, I don't think there's anyone who has the policy experience, the regional leadership and the relentless commitment to the community that I do," Kalra said Wednesday.

Source: San Jose Mercury News - January 15, 2015

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Discipline and Grievance Issues
For discipline and grievance issues contact the following Union representatives in the order listed:

1) Your Department Steward.
2) Chief Steward Andy Paul at 408-476-1174 or email
3) AFSCME Business Agent Charles Allen at 408-386-9915 or email

Watch the “Pensiongate” Videos of Mayor Reed Lying

City Council Leaves Unconstitutional Pension Measure on the Ballot
San Jose Officials Caught Lying about Pensions
Unions Call for Pension Investigation
City Manager Fires Back on Pension Projections
San Jose Council Says Show Me the Math
KGO 810AM Interview with Councilman Ash Kalra
SEC Complaint Filed Against Mayor Chuck Reed
Lawsuit Accuses City of San Jose of Breaching Fiduciary Duties
San Jose Pension System Questions: Does a conflict of interest exist in the Retirement Services Department?
State Lawmakers Order SJ Pension Audit
Deputy City Manager:
“The number of 650 has been used by our mayor.’
San Jose Unions Sue to Block Pension Reform
$650M San Jose Pension Projection “Unsupported”

Download the State Auditor's report of the City of San José showing that retirement cost projections were unsupported.
Download the ETHICS COMPLAINT against Mayor Reed & Retirement Department Director Crosby.
Attorneys Recommend Election Commission Take NO Action on Ethics Complaint.
Download the
Information Request Regarding Pension Cost Estimates memo that
Councilmembers Kalra, Chu, Campos, Rocha, and Pyle sent to the Rules and Open Government Committee
on February 23, 2012, asking for details about how the $650 million figure was calculated and who developed it.
Download the SEC complaint against Mayor Reed.
Download the complaint for breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit.
Download the
City's lawsuit against MEF.
Download AFSCME's lawsuit against the City.
Click here to read more about what's happening with Measure B.
Download the POA's lawsuit against the City.
Download the
Firefighter's lawsuit against the City.

Municipal Employees’ Federation
Local 101
District Council 57
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

1150 North First Street, Suite #101
San José, CA 95112
(408) 998-2070
fax: (408) 998-0451

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Charles Allen


AFSCME District Council 57

Office Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

510-777-7703 or 800-244-8122, ext. 703

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