Breaking today in an article by Terri Daxon in the OC Register, it would seem that public pressure has accomplished what conscience and common sense could not. Council members Schweitzer, Garcia and Murdock have, reluctantly I’ll bet, joined Mayor Moore and Council member Marty Simonoff in rescinding that surprise windfall they inadvertently voted themselves a couple of months ago.
Of course, having done so individually and without taking any official action, the door has been left open to slip it back in whenever it suits them. Personally, I think they should all agree to put the matter on the agenda for a general session, so the public would have the opportunity to share their opinion, and take a serious look at Council compensation from the ground up.
Not just the small portion they’ve always talked about, but the thousands of health and “flex” benefit dollars received each year… and they need to clarify exactly what their retirement benefits are as well. I doubt if that will happen as it would lead to the discussion of whether part time jobs should produce retirement benefits at all.
After all the soundbites, what’s left?
Remove all the pre-election bickering and pandering, and this boils down to the simple issue of meeting their responsibilities managing our city’s budget and providing a decent array of public services… none the least of which is Fire protection and Law Enforcement.
As most of city funds come from sales tax revenue, and the lion’s share of that comes from folks who don’t live here (they just work, play and shop), it’s inaccurate to characterize this as a misuse of our taxes. It is still probably our greatest area of need when it comes to honesty, accuracy and accountability.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
This isn’t Oz and it shouldn’t be run like it is. The Wizard needs to keep his nose out of it and let Council stop acting like the Lollipop Guild and take the lead for once. Keep a very close eye on what happens at city hall in the coming months. I promise you it will likely have a profound effect on how you fill out your ballot next November.
You are registered to vote aren’t you?