"Editor: What a surprise! Reported in the Tribune last week, Pacifica has less than $700,000 in reserves. That's barely enough to pay two weeks salary to city employees. We are now less than one lawsuit away from bankruptcy.
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And all the while we have dozens of city department heads and managers making well over $100,000 a year. Many making $150,000 to $200,000 a year or more. And not one peep about making cuts here. Not a peep.
But they say, "Oh, but we made big cuts to wages in 2011; we can't cut them any more now." Well, the numbers on the State website don't bear that out. According to the State Controllers site Pacifica increased total wages and benefits by $260,169 in 2011. And we increased another $333,023 from 2009 to 2010. Why then are our officials telling us they cut $1.5 million in wages and/or benefits in 2011?
You can easily see all the city wage and benefit information here on the State Controllers website for 2009, 2010 and 2011: Pacifica government compensation (scroll down). The State made cities post this information after officials in Bell, Calif. paid themselves a little too well and are now facing prosecution.
Many of Pacifica's taxpayers suffered large reductions in pay and benefits since 2007. Many seniors are on fixed incomes. Why should taxpayers that are already hurting be asked to pay more so that management in Pacifica can ride the gravy train?
So call, email or write your council members and tell them we don't need more taxes. We don't need to cut services. Tell them to cut back on the absurd amounts being paid to the upper management people making up to $200,000 a year before you try and make us pay more. And while you're at it ask them what ever happened to the police outsourcing report that we paid over $20,000 for. How can we decide about outsourcing without the facts? And who were they to decide for us?"
Reference - City councilmembers website, includes phone numbers and email addresses.
Posted by Kathy Meeh