In today’s Orange County Register, Don Schweitzer offers a weak response after weeks of no response. Hammered in the news media and local coffee shops, Council and staff have come under heavy fire for their blind approval of hefty raises to their flex benefits.
Reading between the lines.
The much larger policy question is not how much medical coverage should the city provide sitting council members, but how much longer are we going to get the runaround about what the true total compensation package is and what sort of retirement benefits come with the job?
Council has long masqueraded their $600+ stipend as being their total compensation, playing a deceptive game of semantics when the real monthly figure is purportedly on the upside of $2,200. $26,400 per year, which interestingly enough is what has just been reported by major news outlets as the average full time earnings in this country for almost half the population.
Start thinking about us for once.
Schweitzer, the third generation to think they know what’s better for us than we do and to spend more time building the family legacy… leaving the Schweitzer footprint all over town from rarely visited museums, rose gardens, to Cooperstown knockoffs and war memorials… devotes over 200 words in this essay trying to score political points.
His equivalent of a sound bite. Fail.
Everything Schweitzer and his cohorts do involves the public trust, not just Council compensation. I would guess that his silence was more due to damage control than diligence.
Oh please, does he really think we’re idiots?
He finally succumbed to public pressure, a little bit, and is trying to minimize potential vulnerabilities to his (possible) campaign for reelection. Fail.
Put it on the record.
This, and several other important matters, need to find their way onto the Council agenda, not just the study session when most Brea residents are at work and the TV cameras are unavailable, but for the general session which will allow residents to share their opinions and ideas, where the meeting can be seen live and and archived for future review and reference.