People Matter (Episode 104)

Posted on 12. Nov, 2010 by in The Show

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This video has Tim Flynn’s speech at an October 17, 2010 fundraiser held by Gail and Jerry Brown.

Tim Flynn: Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for coming.

The first thing is, that that tri-tip and that chicken, and that potato salad and everything, was wonderful; And this home. Let’s first of all give it up… [Applause.] And, if it weren’t for the generosity of Gail and Jerry Brown, this event would have never taken place.


We have an excellent opportunity in about sixteen days to vote and to try to change the course of business in the city of Oxnard. Some of you know there have been some problems at City Hall, and I’ve talked a lot about this, and it’s something not necessarily unique to Oxnard. It’s happening all across the country, and that is, that if you stand to benefit from a politician’s decision, and you are actually giving that person money, there is a direct correlation between the two, right? If you’re a contractor and you give me $500, you can probably bet that I’ll vote for your contract. The bottom line is, it’s wrong, and we know it’s wrong, to take that money, because what you’re telling the public is, you are for sale. And I want to let you guys know that you are allowing me NOT to be for sale, because you all came here and you contributed, because otherwise I couldn’t get my message out to the public. So you are really responsible, I think, for a beginning, just in this town, of people who are going to stand up and say, you know, this same old thing, that goes on year after year, where special interest bought their way into the process, and they have excluded the people. And we wonder why the people turn around, and are cynical, they think that policitians are corrupt, they think that government does not work for them. But the fact of the matter is, it can work for them. But really, we’ve got to start from square one, and say, don’t take the money. I was offered $3000 by a union. I’d never been endorsed by a union. And that union offered me $3000, and I turned it down. I didn’t turn it down…. It hurt to turn it down! Because tha’t 30 people giving you a hundred bucks. It’s a lot of money. But really, what it would send a message to you is, even though I’m a union member, and I’m very proud to have that endorsement, is that, you know, I’m for sale, but their contract, I’m going to vote them a raise, or whatever it is that they want, because they paid me the money to do so. And you know something, that’s just not right. I don’t care if I’m a union member or not. I support the union cause. I support working men and women, but I do not support taking money from people and then turning around and voting on whatever their special interest is. I think it’s wrong. So, that’s the first part of my campaign, is, opening up our governmental process, so people know when you are electing somebody, they’re going to be forthright, they’re going to be honest, and you know something, they’re not beholden to those special interests. So that’s the first thing.

The second thing is, that 15% of the city of Oxnard are unemployed. Fifteen percent! Nationwide, it’s 9.6%, so it shows that this area has been deeply affected by the recession. So the only thing that we can say right now is that we need more higher paying jobs. And I have a soultion to that.–And that is, high tech and bio-tech positions. We don’t need more retail jobs. Those are jobs that are good for kids living at home, and going to college, but they’re not good for adults. And we wonder why eight people have to share one house. It’s because they’re not making the wages. So we need to bring those salaries up, and I think high tech and bio-tech companies are the way to go. And I’ve got a great idea on that, and that is, creating a new regional airport out at Point Mugu. You wouldn’t have to build a new airport there.–It’s already there. [Applause.]


And finally the third part of my campaign is how to uplift neighborhoods in the city of Oxnard.

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