Vidak: Hall approved in corrupt 'Bread and Circuses' confirmation process

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sacramento – The California State Senate today approved controversial Agricultural Labor Relations Board member Isadore Hall on a 25 - 13 vote.

“The once thorough and extensive Senate confirmation process for appointees of the Governor has been corrupted,” said Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford).  “Isadore Hall is a classic case of someone who is completely unqualified, ill-suited and ethically challenged getting rubber-stamped rather than vetted.”

Numerous witnesses reported that on February 28, ALRB member Isadore Hall launched into an obscenity-laced tirade of threats in the lobby of the Sacramento Hyatt Hotel.  The targets of Hall’s threats were the President and three board members for the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA).  He said he would “get them” for opposing his confirmation.

Despite repeated requests the Senate Rules Committee refused to investigate these threats made by Hall.  The Chair of the Rules Committee – Kevin De Leon (D- Los Angeles) – even boasted on the Senate Floor that “There will be no investigation,” because he had ‘arranged’ things with a lobbyist for the CFFA.

“Today’s Senate proceedings offer Californians little more than ‘Bread and Circuses’ rather than a transparent, deliberative process,” continued Vidak.