Sacramento – The Office of Senate President pro-Tempore Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) announced to Senate leadership staff on Friday that De Leon “is likely” to bring up the confirmation of Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) member Isadore Hall on the Senate Floor this afternoon.
This comes after the revelation that De Leon informed Senator Andy Vidak (R- Hanford) last Thursday that there would be “no investigation of Hall” (for Hall’s reported threats against farmers who oppose his confirmation) because De Leon “had worked things out” with a lobbyist for the California Fresh Fruit Association.
In a letter on March 13, Vidak formally requested the Senate Rules Committee investigate the Hall incident. (Click here to read Vidak’s letter).
“One can only hope that the Senate Democrat Leadership, who has been so obsessed about national and international politics lately, would start paying a little more attention to issues here in California,” said Vidak. “ALRB member Hall is said to have used the power of his office to threaten individuals who can be subject to rulings of the ALRB.”
“Hall’s actions may be criminal, clearly seem to be unethical, yet the Senate is planning to ram through his confirmation for the ALRB as if nothing has happened?” continued Vidak. “Don’t know whether it’s a case of an ostrich with its head in the sand, a case of ‘see no evil, hear no evil,’ or a case of deliberate covering-up? In any case, it is improper for a once respected institution such as the California State Senate.”