Pedrozo, the UNANIMOUS choice?
Saturday afternoon I found a leaflet stuck in my screen door for Josh Pedrozo, former city councilman, now running for a seat on the Merced County Board of Supervisors. It said, “Josh Pedrozo, The UNANIMOUS Choice for Merced County Supervisor.”
Below, were endorsements from six labor unions, the county Board of Realtors and the UC Merced Democrats.
Pedrozo’s website reiterates the group endorsements and adds some names:
We are proud to endorse Josh Pedrozo for Merced county supervisor- district 2
Merced City FireFighters IAFF Local 1479
Cal Fire Local 2881
Merced County Association of Realtors
North Valley Labor Federation
Operating Engineers 3
Laborers Local 1130
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 442
AFSCME Local 2703
Merced Hotel Motel Association
UC Merced College Democrats
Bill Spriggs- Former Mayor of Merced
Tony Dossetti- Former Merced City Councilmember and Police Chief
Michelle Gabriault-Acosta- Former Merced City Councilmember
Pat and Terese Bauer
Harry and Judy Blackburn
Dr. Duane Richey
Joe and Jessica Bauer
Karen Beasley -- https://pedrozo2020.com/endorsements
No doubt an illustrious group of Mercedians. But Asians represent 12.6 percent of the city population and Hispanics are 52.6 percent, and I don’t see any Asian or Hispanic leaders on the list.
Therefore, I deduce that Pedrozo hasn’t proved his claim to be the “UNANIMOUS choice.”
On the issues, one contrast stuck out for me. Pedrozo claims spent a lot of time “brainstorming” about the homeless problem. -- Josh Pedrozo for Merced County Supervisor District 2 - Home
By contrast, the incumbent supervisor, Lee Lor is a bit more concrete:
Merced County Supervisor District 2
The Merced City and County Continuum of Care (CoC) is the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) designated decision-making group to prevent and end homelessness.
The CoC is made up of Organizational Representatives and Community-At-Large Representatives. For information on representatives or if you are interested in being a representative, please see the CoC's Governance Charter (click).
The Merced County Board of Supervisors designated Supervisor Pareira as their primary representative and Supervisor Lee Lor as the alternate representative to the CoC.
Since Summer of 2017, Supervisor Lor championed for Merced County to serve as the Collaborative Applicant (administrator) of the CoC and build the capacity of local non-profit organizations to assume the role. In 2018, the County took the responsibility of serving as the Collaborative Applicant.
The Board of Supervisors is working collaboratively with the cities and various organizations through the CoC to end homelessness and we need your help.
Pedrozo has been “brainstorming” about the homeless problem while Supervisor Lor has been doing something about it.
But, members of the Merced public who have observed both Pedrozo as a city council member and Lor as a county supervisor know that Pedrozo can neither think nor speak coherently for more than a phrase or two before beginning to sputter and flap his hands while Supervisor Lor speaks slowly, clearly, and thoughtfully whenever she speaks at meetings.
It is a clear choice between a smart woman and a intellectually challenged man. -- blj