Government Unions Continue to Lie About Zito’s Record
False attacks continue as union bosses fight to maintain control of city hall
I was hoping to complete my campaign for city council by highlighting my 20+ years of local experience and what I will do as your councilman, but unfortunately the unions are at it again. The truth is, the union bosses will do or say anything to control city hall. They simply don’t want a candidate like me who will look at issues (including employee compensation) independently and from the perspective of the average citizen and taxpayer. They want their rubber stamp.
Here is a brief explanation of the union’s smear campaign against me:
Last week, the unions claimed I was an abusive husband and cited allegations from my ex- wife’s divorce declarations. These claims are patently and demonstrably false. I gave voters full access to my final custody agreement where the judge dismissed all of these allegations 13 years ago and awarded 50/50 joint custody to both me and my ex-wife.
This week, a new accusation has surfaced that several years ago I had an “uncomfortable” conversation with a teacher at a board meeting. If any of these allegations were true, they would have been brought to the school district's attention years ago. All of our school board meetings are audio recorded, and any member of the public can listen to anything being said at board meetings by going to our district website.
The fact is that this teacher is also a union officer who works with ETA union president Brian Wheatley. Wheatley has disagreed with my decisions on budget cuts and fiscal restraint for the past 10 years on the EESD Board. Thus, he and the ETA union have opposed my election to the EESD Board for the past three cycles. Despite our differences of opinion, I have always been civil and respectful to every stakeholder involved in educating our next generation.
So ask yourself why these false claims surfaced now. The answer is painfully obvious: both the Evergreen Teachers Association and San Jose Police Officers Association unions support my opponent’s re-election. Both unions are entering into contract negotiations again, and they know I’m independent! I am not a rubber stamp for outrageous pensions or unsustainable compensation packages. I am a fiscal conservative, and they know that their control of city hall would be threatened by my election.
It pains me to address these issues. I have worked over 20 years for this community, and to hear false, personal accusations that hurt my family and me has been a horrible experience. However, I will continue to speak the truth and won't be politically bullied.
This is exactly the kind of negative campaigning that has caused such terrible divisiveness in our federal, state, and local government. It’s time to say ‘enough.’ Please compare the candidates on their record of service and results not on libelous, fabricated false accusations. Vote By March 3rd Thank You!
San Jose Spotlight and POA Get the Facts Wrong, Intentionally
Zito filing complaints and calling for immediate retractions and public apologies
San Jose - Thirteen years ago, I was involved in a contentious, unpleasant divorce. The proceedings are public record, and anyone is able to read them. Instead, the San Jose Spotlight and the local labor unions chose to misrepresent the divorce records, and publish an article and a campaign “hit website” out of context. These are the simple facts:
- At no time did the court order me to attend any anger management class. Instead, our judge-ordered child custody agreement stated that mother and father had to attend Coparent counseling and continue with individual counseling. The court dismissed my ex-wife's allegations of Domestic Violence and Mr. Padilla’s recommendations. The judge acknowledged the need for parents to work together to co-parent.
- The court dismissed all my ex-wife's allegations, and instead, I was granted my petition for full joint and legal custody and a 50/50 custodial timeshare.
- The fact is that I’ve been a loving, proud father, and lived up to all of my familial and financial obligations, and in the toughest of circumstances.
- The final custody agreement dated July 2008 is posted here on our campaign website and is available for all to read.
It’s a public disgrace that the San Jose Spotlight (a newspaper subsidized by local unions, including the POA) and the San Jose POA have published such one-sided misrepresentations in such an irresponsible, defamatory manner. I call upon both organizations to retract their material and apologize. I will be filing complaints with the San Jose Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices, the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and am currently in legal discussions with my attorney about civil complaints involving the organizations and individuals directly involved in these activities.
Further, I call on candidate Sylvia Arenas to reject, condemn and denounce this action by the SJ Police Union and the Spotlight. I strongly urge Sylvia Arenas to give back any monies she may have received from SJ POA due to their blatant show of disregard for the basic tenants of truth, fairness and decency, and the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.