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Letter: Do some research before spending taxpayer money

Original post made on Oct 23, 2009

Dear Editor,

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 23, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by P-town dad
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:12 am

Great comment Fred! I agree 100%.

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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:31 am

jimf01 is a registered user.

Actually the ordinance is being revised to require dispatch of the Ala. Co. swift water rescue team to remove the items from the stream, an operating engineers crew to drive the heavy equipment to pull a couch out of the arroyo, and public works to haul the trash once it has been redeployed safely to a curb.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

For some reason, government agencies, including school districts, seem to always pay too much for services. It seems excessive to pay 1000 dollars for removing the mattress, I agree that it can be done for less. Why do governtment agencies always find a way to pay more? And also, it seems to me that the people they hire have a long term working relationship with them, why? Why not do what all of us do and shop around rather than going with the same companies/vendors all the time? After all, they are spending OUR money, and we should always go with cost effective services, instead of paying too much.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I bet we could get several kids from the high school that need to fulfill their community service hours to haul that stuff away for free! I bet an Eagle Scout would also take it on for free to fulfill his Eagle project. There are so many ridiculous ways that the government spends money due to unionization. Common sense would get the job done well ....for very little money.

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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm

We are waking up from a very long sleep -- surprise(!) Governments love to spend lots of O.P.M. - Other People's Money. Nothing new here. Vote the big spenders out.

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Posted by Rosie
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Thank you Resident. You are SO right. SO, SO many ways for assistance from the public. IF only common sense and frugality were ALLOWED in public works. Complete disrespect for OPM. Actually, I think the SINGLE MOST POWER SPECIAL INTEREST in CA...,.PUBLIC UNIONS do have local ordinances or state laws for this 'featherbedding' ...padding of unnecessary jobs that prevents & outlaws 'free' work....cuts in on public union jobs. Screw the taxpayer. But the fact is the taxpayers keep allowing the same crooks to stick it to us. If only we could have welfare - assorted public assistance folks actually DO something to 'earn their pay' so to speak.

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