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  • "I see the issue as being the health insurance. Why are we paying for health insurance ($1700 a month) for the counsel members? How many of them have health insurance from other sources? They are now being paid over $2000 a month for a part-time job. I don’t think they should get anything but reimbursement for City related expenses. They should be donating their time as concerned citizens,"

    retiredpoliceofficer commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-15 11:31:46
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  • "Hmmmm...Looks like people on this thread might have more money than I, so I deserve more, right? It's the argument used all governing bodies -- mostly local and regional -- that "comparable pay" is a reasonable measure for determining equitable compensation levels. It's one of the most creative pieces of BS I've seen in a long career wading through it."

    IronHub commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-15 10:42:10
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  • "We need more: Police Fire fighters Probation officers city jobs pensions health benefits for city workers expensive park benches litter removal holiday lighting road repair weed abatement animal control bicycle lanes air quality management food inspectors restaurant inspectors diversity consulting gender inclusiveness ......and a TON of other things. We all need this. We all want this. We all demand this.... So let's up the sales tax to 10%! Shoot, I'm only paying 72% of my income in taxes. I say we pay 12% sales tax. I'd even go for 15%. We need all this. Especially those who work for the city."

    DocT commented in:
    Several SLO County cities seeking an increase in sales tax on 2019-11-15 10:18:50
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  • "97% I don't get it. Why not 100%? If I ever get a chance to vote myself a payraise, I'm going to exhibit bold leader ship and go for 100%. But alas....my pay is entirely dependent on my performance, keeping overhead low and working hard. I can't change the bottom line in my world by voting. Cause for optimism: If we all worked for the government, we could all vote ourselves higher pay and everyone would prosper! Let's give everything to the government!"

    DocT commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-15 07:09:19
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  • "Folks, I think we all are disappointed with Caren Ray Rossum’s regime, and her poor leadership as mayor of Arroyo Grande is becoming very clear. Taxpayers should not have to fund these exorbitant salaries, and everyone should continue to fight these raises and resist her policies. Ex mayor Jim Hill was WAY more qualified to lead that Caren Ray Rossum will ever be. Just saying."

    Mjd commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-14 21:05:24
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  • "DEAR ARROYO GRANDE VOTERS, There will be TWO more opportunities to stop this increase. There will be an ordinance on a future (soon) council agenda and second reading (2 weeks later) of that ordinance at a subsequent agenda. Stay involved and pack those chambers! Continue the emails, calls, and contact with the council, perhaps you can flip one. Some of the comments by staff were hard to swallow; the City Manager stated that the budget is balanced -- is correct, this two-year budget is "balanced". It's the next two-year budget that will be interesting. With the higher cost for Five Cities Fire Authority infrastructure needs, water, sewer rate increases, Brisco bond measure and a sales tax on the horizon, saying you're within budget doesn't mean the city is in good fiscal health. The comment by Storton, "I want to encourage other people to run who aren't retired," What an odd thing to say when, you, Keith Storton, are the only retired member on the council. For that matter, the last retired council members that were on that council were Tony Ferrara and Joe Costello -- FIVE years ago. Lan George said over and over she didn't want to implement the stipend increase until 2022, she said that was when her term was up. Funny thing is, her term is actually up in 2020. Remember? She was appointed to fulfill Ray's council seat after she became mayor. Ray's 'roof fund' analogy didn't come off as planned. She seems to forget that the common ratepayer doesn't have a historic home that receives tax breaks that others don't. Her situation is different from most Arroyo Grande. Barniech's crazy-talk about not getting the full stipend because "they" take it for her insurance contribution. Maybe you should give up the insurance or a smaller package Kristen -- then you'll get your full stipend. Paulding's stance, while I agree with it, was predictable for someone preparing to run for higher office."

    Julie commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-14 20:46:35
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  • "I have watched it (once) and if you believe you'd get the other side of the story, the one where cops misbehave, you're sadly mistaken. They have 30 to 40 cameras out with certain LEA's on any given Friday or Saturday night so logistically speaking it would be impossible to show all of those feeds live to you. What they do is select certain feeds by the type of incident it is offering up and then present just those to their viewing audience. I kind of doubt they would choose one that has LEO's misbehaving as they'd probably lose most of their viewing audience if they did. Besides, it's a proven fact where body cams are required the incidents of cops misbehaving drastically drops off. Geee, I wonder why that is... I have called the cops, on more than one occasion, only a couple of times with things that I was directly involved with, mostly when I see something I should report. I do this knowing that's it's crap shoot but without another option what should I do? Basically I don't put myself in situations where I could find myself needing a cop, if I find myself in one anyway I'll deal with, if I can, rather than calling a cop. All my post was implying is it's a sad commentary to state only "most" of the time you'll get a good cop when it should be all the time. It's even sadder yet when someone admonishes me for stating the obvious."

    AmericaTheFree commented in:
    Study exposes 11 officers arrested in SLO County on 2019-11-14 17:24:42
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  • "Micro-homes... now THAT'S funny. Our first home in Grover City (now Grover Beach) was built in the early 1950s; 853 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen with the utility room at the back of it. They weren't called micro-homes back then, and thousands of folks raised their families in other homes just like it."

    Lmo commented in:
    Atascadero Council votes to approve micro-home development on 2019-11-14 16:17:42
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  • "I just read on November 9, 2019 that they were going to suck a 60% raise in salary but, in reality that was their usual smoke and mirrors to rob us for even more. On one hand we hear we're facing a budget deficit whilst our greedy mayor announces we're on a balanced budget. Recall the three that voted themselves a bloated raise!"

    Stunned commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-14 14:49:16
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  • "...They want to bankrupt cities & states so the people will revolt and dictators can walk in and take over.....Hmmm not quite. Paranoid much? Understand this: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War I don't think you have a good grasp on what motivates your political rivals. Please continue to delude yourself that your belief is accurate."

    MrYan commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-14 13:48:44
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  • "Caren Ray Russom must be using the same contractor for the Brisco Road Interchange as she does for her roof repairs. According to Transparent California as a teacher in Santa Maria in 2017 her salary was $111,937.00 + $32,887.00 in benefits = $144,827.00 in total. Plus $4860 in council pay. Something is definitely "through the roof"."

    ShootTheMessenger commented in:
    Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent on 2019-11-14 13:34:16
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  • "I would so much rather see people's self help housing; which also teaches skills and the economics backing it have helped many people I know whom are starting out, and associate with local companies. This is pretty insane pricing especially during a real estate inflation. Obviously not intended for local purchase it seems to me. The end of Atascadero as I grew up in it seems."

    oldtimer commented in:
    Atascadero Council votes to approve micro-home development on 2019-11-14 11:28:22
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  • "You're right Oneohfirst. Lawrence's conclusion should be that approaching 1% of cops are criminals. Actually its 1 in every 126 cops. The SLO Police website says they have 59 "sworn" cops. This means that even using Lawrence's definition of a criminal cop, there is approximately a 50-50 chance that there is one criminal cop on the payroll at SLOPD. Now it's my opinion from recent events that it is actually much higher than that, so Lawerence's definition of a criminal cop is far too exclusive. Also, he doesn't address the numbers as they relate to police chiefs who are making the decisions about what to do with the other criminal cops. I wonder how many police chiefs in his police chief union are covering up for criminal cops in their department or are criminals themselves (as it appears to be in the case of SLOPD)."

    Last Individual commented in:
    Police chief responds to report on criminal cops on 2019-11-14 09:10:43
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