From Pacifica Tribue, Letters-to-the-editor, 1/31/12, "Financing city services" by Robert Hutchinson
|City Kool-Aid tastes great!|
All this time I still haven't seen any hard reporting on the subject by the Tribune. How did the city come up with the $3.5 million number? Are they planning on cutting wages and benefits further when many contracts expire in June? If so, how much?
I think we're being railroaded. First the city hurries and negotiates a small 3 percent wage reduction for most union contracts, then they tell us we're in big financial trouble and give us a rigged opinion poll that conveniently leaves out any mention of wages and benefits which is the highest cost to the city. All this time the city is spinning this data into a fabricated $3.5 million in cuts. Anytime someone mentions wage cuts the city has it's pat answers, "we just made cuts" We can't cut too much or people will leave." Really? In this economy?
Have you seen what we're paying city employees? All the numbers are here:
just subtract 3 percent. And this doesn't include pension payments. Plus, we're paying 100 percent of their health insurance for the employee and all dependents. This is where all our money is going. This is why they want to cut programs to the poor and seniors and raise our taxes AGAIN. And it's only going to get worse unless they deal with it now. Speak up and demand they consider what the people want."
Posted by Kathy Meeh