Watch: “Staged Event”? People reportedly given Costco gift cards to attend hearing on San Onofre nuke plant restart (VIDEO)

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 12:08 am ET


Title: San Diego Union Members Attend San Onofre Hearing For Costco Gift Cards
Source: KPBS
Author: Amita Sharma
Date: Feb. 15, 2013

Dozens of union members showed up at this week’s public meeting supporting a plan to restart San Onofre nuclear plant . And they did it after receiving Costco gift cards in exchange. […]

Tom Lemmon, the business manager of the trades council […] said later this week that the union paid for the Costco gift cards for members who attended the public meeting at San Onofre. He declined to answer why they were given or what they were worth, saying he wanted to speak with lawyers first.

Lemmon did not return subsequent calls.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to be safe. The workers are going to be safe. If there’s a way to get the plant up and running, let’s do it expeditiously.” –Tom Lemmon, Business manager for the ‘San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council’

Video and commentary from jrae50021 who posted photographs from inside the meeting:

At 4:45 in

So here’s different angles, I sat all over the whole room.

At one point I went to the rest room […]

She leaned over to me and pretty much whispered, “There’s an awful lot of people here who are not in the union, but they’re here to support the union.”

At 7:30 in

They were all coaxed into clapping on command. It was totally a staged event. Which makes me really sad, because these people had no clue what they were doing.

At 9:00 in

He leaned over and said, “There are many people here who do not work for the union. There are many people here who were brought in to support the union.”

KPBS’s latest broadcast on San Onofre here

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 12:08 am ET


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14 comments to Watch: “Staged Event”? People reportedly given Costco gift cards to attend hearing on San Onofre nuke plant restart (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Restart means the possibility of another Fukushima. The solution is to build a Solar-Wind Hybrid Power Plant.

    • amberlight amberlight

      BigPic, there you go being rational… We can't have alternative energy solutions because, umm, well, we just CAN'T!

    • hogy

      Come on!–it is well-known that the trade unions associated with nuke energy want it to keep going like the battery rabbit. No surprise that someone from their union gave out the Costco cards.

  • Sickputer

    Remember the Japanese nucleocrats used a similar staged event in July of 2011 (and even before 311 in a 2007 nucleocrat shill event:

    SP: None of the pro-nuke shills in the US or Japan (or Britain, France, India, Russia, China, et al) will escape the verdict of history. Your era of energy production is on the wane. RIP nuclear power plants. Hopefully all plants will be decommissioned worldwide before another major disaster occurs and destroys another country besides Japan.

    I am probably too optimistic, but the handwriting is on the glowing walls of Fukushima Units 1-4.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Hey, where's my Costco gift card?

  • Ontological Ontological

    Shudder. I am 200 miles due East of this beast, and I just got out of skull cancer surgery. I have a year of raw flesh/bone taken from me leg fitted into my mouth to heal in the fallout wind of both Fukushima and this San Onofre steam pipe dream from hell. Man I’ll tell ya between the pain of healing and the awareness of what is happening, my wife and I are most uncertain. And thanks to the Banksters leaving us upside down in our mortgage against our will, WTF do ya do?? I will leave this comment with my favorite advice… Eyes open, no fear!

    • Good luck to you, and I love that tagline.

      Eyes open, no fear.

    • +1

      Sometimes I read a comment and I know, without a doubt, that the words are from the writers heart. This comment is one of those.

      I wonder how many others like user Ontological are fighting the pain and becoming more aware? How many more are to follow in the months and years to come? 🙁

    • m a x l i

      Ontological, I was thinking about you and am glad you are still here with us. I very much like your advice.

  • We Not They Finally

    And Costco is supposed to be a GOOD company? Define "good."

  • dosdos dosdos

    Costco is just a yuppy version of Sam's. Nothing I'd call good…..

  • ftlt

    I would think many union members are conservative and see nukes as cash cows… They may have come regardless

    I'm a union pipe-fitter… Union members in general are not tree-huggers.. Certainly, all our literature from one of the largest unions in the country, supports the status quo from the wars to big energy to the destroying the environment…

    I question this article's thrust…

  • nedlifromvermont

    this is all very reminiscent of how the nuke shills operate in Brattleboro Vermont's reactor community, shamelessly packing the meeting hall with employees, spending (seemingly) lavishly on local charities, touting the 'economic role' the jobs play in the community and State of Vermont, all the while shuffling off the financial liability of nuclear catastrophe on the unwitting citizenry, which little understands the risk of thirty thousand Hiroshima bombs' worth of lethal radioactivity perched high above the valley floor, in neighboring Vernon, Vermont, just waiting for an unfortunate collision with a falling celestial body (now much in vogue), a thunderstorm and tornado event, an upstream dam failure, a terrorist or militarily hostile action on this pre-positioned weapon of mass destruction, from which Vermont and eastern Massachusetts (all of Greater Boston), face devastation and (almost laughably absurd even to mention it) permanent evacuation!

    Take that, Harvard! There you go MIT, criminally complicit in sanctioning the corrupt an mathematically absurd basic assumptions in the notorious Rasmaussen Report on nuclear safety …. Can you say Fudge the Numbers??

    And on society goes in blissful acceptance of this home grown and now exported to Japanese control mass death, so-called "industry" which the Begetters will not own up to: Where are the Experts from GE at FUKUshima??? Hello, Jeff Immelt??? Anyone home???

    That's right … (cont.)

  • nedlifromvermont

    that's right, Jeffie, No need to answer angry Nedli. He's nobody, just ignore him. You have all the money and all the power and all the glory. Wait a minute, Jeff (Immelt, GE CEO) you sound like you are God! Well, are you an angry wrathful Old Testament God, the Allah of Moses type, or a loving and forgiving type God, like Jesus said he thought you might be?

    All I know is that big business is callous, and the bigger the business, the more callous they become. To some benighted segment of our citizenry, this is a good thing, that all powerful corporations which turn criminal are afforded all the protections of our Constitution, even allowed to buy special consideration from a pliant, money-hungry Congress, like Price Anderson liability caps for nuke disasters. They run rampant over State's rights, even to mention the "Safety Aspect" of nuclear power in a litigation, as brilliant legal mind J. Garvan Murtha, of the Second U. S. Circuit Court has ruled,

    "Nobody in the Vermont State legislature may even dare discuss the absurdity of 'Nuclear Safety' … because we all know that canard. that issue, that bone of contention has been reserved for the sole purview of the industry-corrupted and hence fully captured Nuclear Regulatory Commission! Case closed, class dismissed!"

    The King (nuclear power) and retinue, Toothless Toadies of the NRC, have no clothes on! And visible tumors on their penis!

    Can you say, "Nuremberg Show Trial?"