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  • "The SLO Property Owners have been trying unsuccessfully to put this on everyone's' radar for ten years or more. Where do you think the Measure Y money went? And Measure G? The city actually owes closer to $150 MILLION when you add the "side fund" for police and fire, and don't forget another $92 million in other long term debt like bonds. But in the meantime we keep adding positions and passing along more fees, fines, surcharges, etc. and staff doesn't care because they will be long gone before the inevitable Day of Reckoning and meanwhile they keep the Council in the dark. Municipal finance isn't the easiest, lightest read but it is far more important than pretty utility boxes and trash can police. Why do you suppose the city is approving every big development that comes along? It's the fees! What do you suppose is the real reason behind the (illegal) Rental Inspection Ordinance? It's all about the money. And don't forget Community Choice Aggregation, where the city will be your electricity broker and take another cutoff that money. And annual fees on property owners in the Laguna Lake area for the benefit of living near the lake. And $500 fines for not having a dog on a leash. And on and on. A few suggestions: cut all managerial positions pay by 10%; no new hires; make employees pay more of their share of health insurance, retirement, etc.; eliminate car allowances, cell phones, NO overtime for police and fire; NO raises within three years of retirement age as this majorly increases retirement liabilities; contract out some services like legal services; no benefits for part time employees (there are closer to 600 Full Time Equivalent employee positions when the part timers are included, and many of them get benefits); eliminate any new positions of the past three-five years as we lived quite well without them for over 150 years; sell surplus property; and ask citizens how we can cut government spending and reprioritize to eliminate this debt. But don't expect anything but excuses from city staff as to why none of this can be done. If they have better ideas I'd sure like to hear them. Are you listening Heidi et al?"

    womanwhohasbeenthere commented in:
    Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO on 2016-12-02 21:46:07
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  • "The training itself is not too bad, as it keeps getting shorter through the years. The problem that only people in "protected classes" have the protections stated in the training. The same exact treatment is labeled "harassment" if it happens to people in protected classes, or "unprofessional behavior" if it happens to anyone else. Why can't all people have the same protections. The fact is that calpoly is afraid of being sued; they don't care about how anyone is treated so long as they can avoid litigation."

    jimmy_me commented in:
    ‘Dangerous faggot’ to speak at Cal Poly, queer students protest on 2016-12-02 19:21:25
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  • "We already know that politicians and the media have no credibility and do and say what they want. Now, if we can no longer trust our Police Dept, next will be the Courts, etc. Where does that leave the citizenry. Sometimes it is better to say nothing than to tell the people you serve a pack of deceitful lives. Who cares if these two gang thug members die! So, where are they now still in the US, hooked up with another gang? Corruption at its best as we try to defend out law enforcement and the current situations they are struggling with and then they do this evil stuff. Where is the trust suppose to come from... What happen to PROTECT AND SERVE!"

    SLOBIRD commented in:
    Santa Maria chief admits to fabricating news, local press angry on 2016-12-02 17:55:41
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  • "Just to clear, there are two Major Retirement Government Funds in the State of California: 1) CALPERS is the California Public Employees Retirement System which is what the State workers and most of the Cities in California belong to. The State has there account as well as each city having their individual account. Kind of like having individual accounts for each family member at a bank. Our local cities belong to CALPERS. Then, there is CalSTRS which is California Teachers Retirement System which operates the same as the cities. The State teachers and staff (prison system, etc,) as well as local school district staff, teachers and administration belongs to this Fund. The Counties can belong to the CalPERS fund or they have their own separate funds which our County has, and that too, is not without its major problems, These funds swallow up a great portion of the budgets and revenues. Both funds are in major trouble but let's me clear, the CalSTRS is even worst off than the CalPERS and the schools are taking maintenance, structural and upgrade funding and using it to fund the teachers union retirement benefits and then as the schools deteriorate they come to the taxpayers with these tax bonds and we continue to give then more for a failing system Look at Paso, they now have 3 tax bonds on their citizen's property tax bill, and then, with the bond just approved they announced this week a $10 million aquatic center will be build. Not one word about this until Measure M passed. Lucia Mar has two tax bonds on their property tax now and of course we have the bond on our property tax bill for Cuesta College in 2014 because they are doing the same thing... no money in the budgets for maintenance, growth structures, upgrades. How many of you would run your household like this and yet we pay these bloated crooks awesome salaries, benefits and retirement to screw us. We deserve what we are getting from our crooked government!. In private industry no one is getting these salaries, benefits and retirement packages."

    SLOBIRD commented in:
    Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO on 2016-12-02 17:39:41
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  • "Your Right Nx, Law Enforcement will have less to do. Hopefully instead of chasing mellow Pot heads they can focus on the devastating drugs. There was just too much $ wasted chasing weed. I did hear that the Pot sellers are NOT happy about the initiative passing. There goes their niche business! Anyway, I am glad to see it taxed, like alcohol. Its about time! And no more criminalizing Pot Heads! The pill epidemic is incredibly devastating to our society. I am sure more crime relates to pills 100 times the rate of Pot! They need to take that Pot tax $ and add more drug clinics. Incarceration for drug users is pointless, unless it is only used to subdue someone under the influence, (but only a temp stay), then straight on to a drug clinic."

    LAH commented in:
    Three men wounded in Paso Robles shooting on 2016-12-02 15:18:40
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  • "I think it's a great idea to expose thieves at play but it looks like she may be swallowing coat hanger? With a little software enhancement, the camera network can call for the question during the event. We have dumb cameras everywhere but soon they will be smart cameras and the public will not need to be bothered, just behave."

    Jorge Estrada commented in:
    Paso Robles shoplifter caught on camera on 2016-12-02 14:53:58
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  • "The Paso Robles Police Department need to stop hassling the public for assistance in solving petty and unsubstantiated crimes. That is your job, not ours. If you are reading this, consider that your photo could be posted like this next. All it takes is for minimum wage security staff to have a suspicion, apparently."

    non_sequitur commented in:
    Paso Robles shoplifter caught on camera on 2016-12-02 13:31:57
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  • "This is the public's fault, you can't blame Gov for helping themselves to your money when you allow them to. We the public will pay big time for our negligence. Ask yourself about the public meetings you have attended and challenges you have made on Gov's public budget proposals. This is why there is a second and passed unanimously. Oh then there is the public trust, ha, give me a break! They represent what we don't do and pay themselves, by comparison to other like jurisdictions, as they should in an open and honest taking. Sounding like adverse possession?, if there is not a remedy to get it back then it certainly is similar."

    Jorge Estrada commented in:
    Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO on 2016-12-02 12:20:13
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  • "Most of the drugs that would cause you to become a threat, PCP, methamphetamine, crack and powder cocaine, tend to make things like tasers and rubber bullets ineffective. Some people can even be drunk enough that they won't slow down for those things. How do you stop somebody without causing severe injuries to them when they are overloaded on hard drugs that make it so they do not feel pain from rubber bullets or bean bag rounds, and shrug off the effects of a taser? If you are so loaded that those don't stop you, all they will do is piss the person off and the LEOs just wasted the time trying to stop the person who is now loaded and enraged, and they don't have time to defend themselves. One cop pulls a taser, the other cop pulls his gun, if the taser doesn't drop the person, and they are still a threat, we have one less idiot in the world. I'm against hard drugs, and believe we need MUCH harsher penalties for dealers/smugglers/producers of above mentioned chemicals. The people that drink, need to learn to do so in enough moderation to avoid becoming a huge threat."

    NxPND commented in:
    Three men wounded in Paso Robles shooting on 2016-12-02 11:20:19
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  • "So darling Jaquan and Karheem "transported themselves to the hospital". How convenient. I'm sure their Covered California is current. And of course California has strict gun control laws, so their wounds can't possibly involve bullets. Oh wait.... they're from Virginia."

    Slosum commented in:
    Drug motive suspected in Paso Robles shooting on 2016-12-02 09:40:29
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  • "And instead Katie just goes to Beverly Hills, hopefully soon permanently instead of 5 out 7 days a week. Guess this mean no Christmas bonuses for city employees this year, wrong, it just means it will need to be hidden under some other form of payout. And to Hedi Harmon, for one of your first things, go ahead and change the "Holiday" parade back to a "Christmas parade", and put the city flags at half staff for veterans, enough already."

    kayaknut commented in:
    Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO on 2016-12-02 09:31:50
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  • "OK. Since the election the people of Morro Bay have learned that the wastewater treatment plant will cost 150 million dollars, that we owe over $18 million dollars in pension liability and that we are receiving the least amount of money from the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closing of any city in the County. On top of that we have a contracted City Attorney whose company made $942,000 last year from the good citizens of Morro Bay. There are $10,000 residents in the City. Does everyone realize that we are on the hook to pay for all this? How did Jamie Irons get re-elected?"

    taxpayer commented in:
    Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO on 2016-12-02 09:02:15
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  • "Does not matter what the bill, bond or taxing mechanism is, it is never enough... Want to bring our education system under control, cut the admin costs, renegotiate these unfunded liabilities($126 million for just SLO city schools), remove tenure and make teachers and administrators accountable for their share of these costs just like the rest of the employees in the private sector have to..."

    easymoney commented in:
    Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO on 2016-12-02 07:35:34
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