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Posted on April 16 at 11:13 a.m.
It is good to see the City districts dealing with balancing cost and expenses. I wonder if there is outsourcing opportunities like outsourcing maintenance (similar to the golf course)?
The special districts are required to support themselves which requires them to cut cost when cost are greater than revenue -- Unfortunately the city deals with cost issues by cutting services, such as road and infrastructure repair.
We need to deal with the bigger problem.
On Fewer Firefighters at the Airport?
Posted on April 14 at 2:18 p.m.
Wow, Laura Capps, Salud, Schneider .. Why isn't Das running for the 24th district? Did he do something bad and had to rum for a local position?Hopefully they all lose ...
On Laura Capps 'Seriously' Pondering Run for Congress
Posted on March 15 at 12:38 p.m.
I will vote yes as soon as the firefighter pensions get a major overhaul. 3% at 50, and all kinds of spiking doesn't work for me. I suspect if the pensions get a proper overhaul the fire dept will be able to fund the new station without a bond.
On Yes on Measure Z
Posted on March 11 at 11:56 a.m.
Given that the cost of the public employees are approx double the outsource cost -- I think Murillo should pay anyone doing work for her personally double. Instead of $20-25/hour for work such as cleaning or gardening, pay $50. when a contractor gives you a quote to do project--go ahead and pay him double. Must be nice to be fairy godmother with other peoples money.
On Muni Golf Green Maintenance Privatized
Posted on March 5 at 10:52 a.m.
The issue is the city should be budgeting for infrastructure. There should be a set % of general fund revenue for infrastructure (and it should be significant).
The current squeaky wheel method of budgeting has not and will never work. Budget x% for police, y% for fire, t% for admin z% for affordable housing, a% for infrastructure. Each department then can work within their budget if one department needs/wants more it needs to come out of another departments budget.
On New Tax for $400 Million in Repairs?
Posted on March 3 at 10:14 a.m.
I do not think we can have any worse leadership for SB so shaking it up a bit is probably not a bad thing.
Optimistically thinking, perhaps when the new district council members figure out that there is no money available to fix the roads, parks and bike paths in their districts they will start digging into where they money is being spent and make changes. Many of the current council members believe in order to get re-elected they need to support the 'family' of city union workers. This could actually break down when the district council members are trying to fix infrastructure in their district so they can re-elected.
Hopefully we will see candidates campaigning to re-focus city spending on roads, bike paths and parks.
On City Election Sea Change
Posted on February 22 at 10:51 a.m.
I agree -- Stop going to the Casino!I like to gamble but would never spend a dime at any Indian casino. The destruction it does to the local community is not worth a night of fun.Have poker parties at home and spread the money amongst friends and neighbors.
On Some Chumash Are More Equal Than Others
Posted on February 19 at 4:29 p.m.
Pay the person what they should be paid in the year they earn it. Do not leave any overhanging liabilities!
If they make $200K and fair pay says they should get another $100K into a retirement fund, pay it in the same year.
Stop kicking the can down the street.
On Average Joe Pension
Posted on February 19 at 3:50 p.m.
I am paying taxes on 6 bonds currently;1995, 1998, 2010 Elementary School2000, 2010 High School2008 SBCC
Enough! I will not vote for another bond until the current ones are retired
On School District Mulls Facilities Bond
Posted on February 15 at 5:53 p.m.
And where does the money to pay for the public works and caltrans people salaries and pensions come from?
On A Plague of Potholes