WHERE THEY STAND
The Top Three Candidates on Firefighter Issues

 
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Gavin Newsome

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Antonio Villaraigosa

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John Cox

 
 
 

 
 

Public Safety Staffing

Gavin Newsom

  • Protected fire budgets as S.F. mayor

  • Refused to cut FD during recession

  • Committed to increased mutual aid

Antonio Villaraigosa

  • $39 million in fire cuts as LA mayor
  • Browned out 28 units a day during recession

John Cox

  • No record of support
  • Proposed fiscal policies could impact state fire funding
  • Refused CPF candidate interview invitation

Retirement Security

Gavin Newsom

  • Supports “California Rule” protecting
  • pension promises
  • Negotiated cooperatively with firefighters
  • on pensions
  • Opposed massive SF anti-pension “reform”

Antonio Villaraigosa

  • Backed rollback of California Rule as LA mayor
  • Implemented rollback of pensions for
  • non-safety workers

John Cox

  • Wants to end secure defined-benefit pensions
  • Says secure pensions “unsustainable”
  • Proposes switch to privatized 401k accounts
 
 

 
 

Privatization

Gavin Newsom

  • Resisted calls for public safety contracting
  • Zero public safety jobs outsourced

Antonio Villaraigosa

  • Outsourced 49 fire dept. jobs in LA
  • Budget director proposed outsourcing ambulance

John Cox

  • Supports expanded contracting of public jobs
  • Outsource key infrastructure including highways

Union/Contract Rights

Gavin Newsom

  • Stuck by collective bargaining as SF mayor
  • Backs binding arbitration for firefighters
  • Vows to stand by California Rule in state bargaining

Antonio Villaraigosa

  • Proposed pension rollbacks without bargaining
  • Publicly criticized teachers, firefighters unionsas LA mayor
  • Backed by anti-union groups seeking to privatize schools

John Cox

  • Attacks “union power” and labor’s efforts in Sacramento
  • Supported Prop. 32 to silence union political voice
 
 

 
 

Firefighter Support

Gavin Newsom

  • Committed to bringing firefighters into administration
  • Strongly backed by San Francisco Firefighters, Local 798

Antonio Villaraigosa

  • Sparred repeatedly with firefighters over brownouts, retirement
  • Not endorsed by UFLAC, Local 112

John Cox

  • Refused all CPF meeting/candidate interview invitations
  • No record of support for firefighters

*John Cox refused CPF invitation to in-person candidate interview. Positions based on public statements (or lack thereof)


HOW WE DECIDE: CPF researches the records of all six top-tier candidates for governor in both political parties. All were invited to an in-person interview with the CPF Executive Board. Four candidates – Democrats Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin – accepted CPF’s invitation and were interviewed in person. Two candidates – Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen – refused to meet with CPF’s executive board.

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For more information, including documentation and comparisons of other candidates in the race, go to www.FirefightersForGavin.org