Witness to Isadore Hall's Threats against Farmers Comes Forward, Files Sworn Deposition

Vidak: Senate's rigged confirmation process no longer vets, but now just rubberstamps and covers-up, flawed Brown appointees
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sacramento – A witness to Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) Member Isadore Hall’s obscenity laced, threatening tirade against farmers opposed to his confirmation has come forward and filed a sworn deposition on the matter.  (A copy of the full deposition is attached).

In the deposition, the witness states:

“On the night of 2/28/17, I was staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento, because I attended the Fresh Fruit Association’s Government Relations meeting. I attended the meetings in the daytime, and the reception in the evening. I first talked with Isadore Hall, at the reception party that evening, and he had told me he would like to further speak with me, about my views on worker issues in agriculture. I gave him my business card, and figured we would speak again, in the future.

“Later that evening as I left my room in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, I came across a group of members from the Fresh Fruit Association, and as I came upon them realized they were speaking with Mr. Hall. I heard Mr. Hall cussing quite a bit, being very loud, and decided I would not stay, nor get involved in the discussion going on.

“So I ordered a drink, and as I was going towards the back exit to smoke a cigarette, when Mr. Hall walked out in front of me. We sat across from each other, and I mentioned ‘well that sounded like a fun conversation.’ His (Hall’s) response was ‘yeah, those mother------s don’t know me.’

“He (Hall) then asked me who was Gerawan. I told him it was a farming company in the Central Valley, whose employees, have been trying to get their ballots counted to decertify the UFW.

“Mr. Hall then went on to tell me ‘Well those mother------s made a video about me, and I am going to get their ass.”

Since mid-March, Vidak repeatedly warned the President pro-Tempore of the Senate (Kevin De Leon), the members of the Senate Rules Committee, and all other members of the Senate, about Hall’s behavior and asked that the confirmation vote on Hall as a member of the ALRB be postponed until Senate Rules Committee staff could investigate the matter.

De Leon responded by telling Vidak that the issue had been “worked out” with a leader of the CFFA (California Fresh Fruit Association) and “there would be no investigation” into the threats by Hall.

The Senate Rules Committee voted to confirm Hall on March 1, and the full Senate voted 25-13 to confirm Hall on April 20.

“The Senate Democrats rushed through Hall’s vote months ahead of time and never even looked into the threats made by Hall,” said Vidak. “Ignoring potential criminal behavior by a Governor’s appointee is a disservice to all Californians and exposes the Senate’s rigged confirmation process which is no longer vetting, but rather just rubberstamping and covering-up flawed picks by Jerry Brown.”