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Mickie Winkler, former Menlo Park mayor, joins race for governor

Winkler says she wants to curb union powers, slash red tape

by Gennady Sheyner

It's been 15 years since Mickie Winkler concluded her term on the Menlo Park City Council, but she hasn't stopped thinking about the issues that had preoccupied her as a mayor and council member: aged infrastructure, excessive red tape and the influence of employee unions on public affairs.

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Posted by commonsense
a resident of Professorville
on May 26, 2021 at 10:50 am

commonsense is a registered user.

Couldn't agree more. Public Employee, Prison, Teachers - you name it and that unions is likely counter productive to all but the union itself. She's got my vote.

Posted by Eric Forrest
a resident of Professorville
on May 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm

Eric Forrest is a registered user.

Her points are well-taken and admirable.

The question...does Ms. Winkler have enough public exposure and a salable name to overcome the likes of celebrity candidates?

After all, this is the same state that elected the likes of The Terminator and the late Sonny Bono.

I imagine that even Kanye West would get a sizeable number of votes if he opted to run.

California is not known for making sound political choices.

Posted by MattR
a resident of Woodside
on May 26, 2021 at 5:55 pm

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OK She says Unions are the problem for protecting bad workers.

But lack of unions diminish employee bargining power and lead to wage stagnation. Tenure allow for teachers to express opinions that the board may find objectionable. Like climate change is a problem or evolution is real.

I'm not sure union busting won't create more problems than it solves.

While I agree that she is pointing out real issues, "calling out" any pro union laws seems too simplistic. Union busting is why emoyees at Walmart who work full time still qualify for food stamps.

Posted by Michael
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 27, 2021 at 9:31 am

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I like Mickie personally, she is a very nice person. However, what an absurd waste of taxpayer money to be spending on this recall when there is zero chance Newsom loses. We could use the $500 million towards many other things.

Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 29, 2021 at 9:28 pm

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I am not sure if I agree with you about the chances of the recall. I am a democrat but I plan to vote for the recall and hopefully get someone elected what has morals and a sense of responsibility. I personally do not like Newsom for the fact he slept with his aides wife and lied about it and then he was telling Californians to do one thing to protect everyone from COVID while not feeling he needed to do the same. He just is not a good person and he is not good for the state. We are losing businesses left and right (along with the revenue they generate) and we are losing the very wealthy and the taxes they would be paying. I don't think he deserves the job, we can and hopefully will do better...

Posted by Mary Gilles
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 19, 2021 at 9:10 am

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I also know Mickie personally and she is the bravest and most intelligent woman I know. I am chiming in because contrary to a prior comment, Mickie is not proposing to bust unions. She is proposing legislation to restrict their influence. This is a very important distinction.

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