Jaye confirmed he's been hired on a month-to-month basis, but would
probably part company with the Muni union as soon as Elsbernd's charter
amendment is no longer a possibility. "We're getting ready for battle.
But that doesn't mean we're seeking one."
Elsbernd was not so sure. "Apparently [the union] has money for politics but they don't have any money for the city," he said, referring to the TWU's recent spurning of givebacks that would have saved the city some $15 million. "I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail."
Jaye -- Newsom's campaign ace for years -- noted that he does not own a car and rides Muni daily. He used the word "demonizing" to describe union opponents' tactics repeatedly, and accused "some politicians" of "pointing fingers." Assailing the Muni drivers, he pointed out, "might be good politics, but it's not good policy." And, finally, he asked why Elsbernd didn't prevent other city departments -- including the mayor -- from pillaging Muni via "work orders."
That's a good question. On the other hand, Eric, you used to work for the mayor. Why didn't you keep him from siphoning money out of Muni and paying his green advisors' six-digit salaries?
"It was news to me we had work orders," said Jaye. "I wasn't involved in the day-to-day running of the city. I run campaigns."
It remains to be seen what kind of campaign he'll be running for the Muni union -- and whether mattresses will indeed be involved.