Monday, January 16, 2012
City sustainability is the priority
From Pacifica Tribune, letters-to-the-editor, 1/10/12, "Sustainability". "This recession has changed the way most Bay Area towns provide services, raise taxes and support a local economy. Some towns do a much better job than others. High technology firms are in the same economic boat, they are daily changing the way they do business, thinking outside the box and re-inventing themselves to meet new challenges. They realize business as usual as an economic model is over forever. Cities that think ahead with a solid municipal plan will be rewarded. Obsolete status quo towns will be left behind, incurring unsustainable debt, stagnating until they are forced to dissolve themselves.
State, federal and county financial handouts and bailouts are gone. Just like dinosaurs. Town municipal budgets have to be 100% sustained by smart fiscal management. Town structural deficits that get kicked down the road for 10, 20 years and patched up with grants, state fund transfers, bail-outs, creative accounting, layoffs, services reductions, ill-advised JPAs and mergers or simply ignored are no longer tolerated. Council leadership that fosters such fiscal behavior is in trouble. Proof? Two tax measures in past 18 months defeated 2-1 and there is talk of attempting another measure this year!
For far too long a small minority in Pacifica has been pandered to by our officials. Vowing lawsuits, presenting bogus claims, and threatening election reprisals have all driven decision making in this town. Kowtowing to this type of intimidation must end! Editor Larsen's editorial is a bright call for realistic leadership, no more happy talk. Straight talk. What can we afford as a community? Does a council or planning commission action help a town of 40,000 or favor a select few? What is the right thing to do that makes this town a better place over the next 20 years? Or, is this action the easy way out??
Bad habits are hard to break. Does the buck stop at council? What exactly is council doing to help the local economy, and what is the precise proof of that on quarterly basis? Accountability by our officials would be a welcome change. Let's all hope someone's listening at city hall."
Posted by Kathy Meeh