California strikes another great deal!!! State, National, International, posted by Bobby, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm
So we are going to allow 27,000 hardened criminals out of our prisons and most of the other reductions are just bookeeping tricks. Why don't we fix the real problem and that is our 3 point retirement program which allows our state workers to retire at 50 years of age with in some cases 96% of their salary for life, plus cost of living increases, plus 100% medical, dental, and vision for life!!!
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm
I am not surprised at all that they would do this type of thing. They are just trying to move the ball as they say and honestly I would not want to be any of these politicans when election time comes and if we vote them back in office then we deserve our fate.
Posted by Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Bobby hit the nail on the head. Without redoing the pension benefits and the retiree medical benefits of all govt. employees all cities, states and the fed. govt. will be bankrupt. Pleasanton's budget is severly hurt with this latest sham. We need major cuts in salaries, pensions and medical benefits.
Posted by Bobby, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm
I am not saying government workers should not be able to retire but at 50 and making more than they did when they worked is beyond reason. They should have to work until they are 62 like the rest of us and not make more in retirement than working. This must be fixed otherwise balancing the budget and fiscal responsibility in this state will never happen. Just look at what lavish retirement pensions did to GM and Chrysler.
Posted by J, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 8:03 am
Funny, I thought the problem was that our government cannot balance their checkbook. It would be far too simple to blame it on a single group- and I do not begrudge them the retirement they have negotiated for themselves. After all, someone in office signed that contract into being.
I learned at about the age of 11 that you cannot spend more then you earn-Our state has been getting away with it for years, every time they do it everyone seems to think the sky is falling. The rest of us live within our means, as we were taught by our parents and grandparents who remember the Great Depression, and we sock away a little for a rainy day
Posted by Bobby, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 8:07 am
I wish it was as simple as one group doing the negotiation but in reality our former governor Gray Davis approached the unions and broached the idea to them in order to get their endorsement in his re election bid...........pretty crooked.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Jul 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Think about it like: When BART stops in Ptown, you may have an increased number of criminals on the loose in your town. Is BART cool or what?
I find it sad that so many of you creeps are so ticked off at other American citizens who are simply trying to survive and provide for their families. So what if they have good medical benefits. If you don't like, go back to where your ancestors came from...PRONTO!
Prove that it's "beyond reason" or shut-up! PLEASE.
Posted by Bobby, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm
I think that Davis was crooked because he was basically selling out the citizens of the state of California knowing what he was giving up was completely unsustainable in the long run and would bankrupt the state. The unions were just doing what they should do and that is to get the best deal possible for their members and is why it is called collective bargaining.
Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2009 at 5:32 am
I agree with Bobby -- much of our current woes are Gray Davis fallout. However, when it comes to releasing criminals, I go straight to those that we continue to house and feed for years who got their death sentences commuted by pure luck -- Oh -- The Manson Family to name just a few.
We need to lower prison population and send a message to the ones we know are guilty. Start active executions and we'll head in a direction that will aid in unclogging the system from multiple angles.
We need to invoke Ebenezer Scrooge and say, "They had better do it now, and decrease the surplus population."
Don't just bring back the death penalty, DO something with it.