Dominic Dutra has agreed without any mental reservation to defend the constitution of the United States and the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Now he is officially back on the council. I wish I could have been there in person with John Sr. and the clan, but time got away from me, so I’m watching this in the office instead of at City Hall, where they’re serving refreshments to honor Dutra’s return.
In a short speech, Dutra didn’t mention NUMMI redevelopment, but made it clear union contracts were going to be a top priority.
He called for a multi-year phased strategy to restructure employment compensation and post retirement benefits. I think those were his exact words, but it was loud in here and I’m not 100 percent sure.
I did hear anti-fluoride crusader Wyn Grcich rip Fremont and praise Newark. I also heard the council agree to move forward with using eminent domain to acquire property needed for a new rail overpass on Warren Avenue.
And, with only some unsweetened mango and roasted almonds at my disposal, I heard the council adjourn for some tasty cake.