Pelosi biggest Bay Area Spended State, National, International, posted by .Penny Pincher, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Excerpts from Dec 12, CCTimes article.
House MINORITY (sounds so good) LEADER Nancy Pelosi spent ONE MILLION, One Hundred thousand, plus, on local expenses, the most of any Bay Area House member. Incidently, ALL Bay Area Reps are DEMS....zero Republicans. Pelosi's rent for her office space on Seventh, south of Market in San Fran is $18,736. per month.
These year-to-date figures ciscoare ONLY .. THRU .. SEPT 30, the end of the THIRD QUARTER. ...Still some time yet before year-end expenses will be available.
Nancy Pelosi - - - - -$1,130,000.oo
Lynn Woolsey - - - - -$1,102.000.oo
Anna Eshoo - - - - - -$1,065.000.oo
Jackie Speier - - - - $1,053,000.oo
Mike Honda - - - - - -$1,037.000.oo
Barbara Lee - - - - - $1,009.000.oo
Zoe Lofgren - - - - - -$970,000.oo
George Miller - - - - - $950,000.oo
Pete Stark - - - - - - -$941,000.oo
Jerry McNerney - - - - -$838,000.oo
John Garamendi- - - - - $780,000.oo
Remember these were 3rd quarter, 9 month expenses ending Sept 30, 2011.
Pelosi's San Francisco rent of $18,736./mo. is the highest in the nation.
Stark spent THREE times $56,000.oo than the next closest BayArea rep on 'franked mail'....FREE mail to constituents (he has Dem opposition this year...FREE campaigning, can't beat that). In these days of free tweets and emails, it's time this old, very expensive Pony Express carry-over method be stopped NOW !!!!!! Stark also spent twice as much as next in BayArea for PRINTING COSTS $53,489.oo of that FREE CAMPAIGNING MAIL ! ! ! In 2010 Stark spent $100,000.oo on Free Franked mail, plus $69,000.oo on printing and processing.
In these days of free Pleasanton Weekly, free group conference phone calls, twitter, facebook, etc. etc. it is insane for this broke country to be paying for printing and mailing of campaign pieces....anytime....The power of INCUMBENCY !! new people can't get in the race because of money , just to start equal to that free mail.
Don't whine about campaigns, until this has been corrected.
Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Hey Chump cholo, sorry you can't read...the TOPIC of THIS THREAD is the cost of government operations, operations that take from government services. Choices. It's about cutting antiquated duplicative EXPENSES. Start your own thread, I have volumes of DEM crimes, scams, and even 'weiners' that got roasted and toasted ! ! You don't want to go there !
Posted by Smart Guy, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Yes, Cholo, please, please, please stop bombarding us with evil stuff that we don't want to see or hear. This is a site for Pelosi haters, good spellers - "Bay Area Spended" - and for those who know that three links = two fringe websites. BTW, Cholo, since we ARE here, on this site, would you be ever so kind enough to repost Gingrich and his sexy wife with their campaign smiles? I just love that Republican, cake-eating waxy-faced look!
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm
then again, President Richard Nixon and Bebe Rebozo (mafia criminal) were "gay lovers"! Not only that, Cardinal Spellman was a Republican GAY Cardinal from New York and his girlfriend was Republican J. Edgar Hoover...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...not to mention the guy, oh what's his name, Ms. Larry Craig who got busted for trying to have sex in an airport toilet.
Posted by Got math, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm
“Math Murderers: In Costa Mesa pension war, union leaders fail basic finance quiz”
“When Costa Mesa officials announced a few days ago that the city would finish 2011 in the black, city spokesman Bill Lobdell called it “pretty good news.”
Why only “pretty good”? And why did local union leaders react by completely losing their ...—declaring the surplus proof-positive of political corruption at City Hall?
To answer both questions, let’s begin with the December 22 Los Angeles Times story reporting the surplus. In “Far from a deficit, Costa Mesa is $3.8 million ahead,” writer Joseph Serna seems to imply that a city with a $3.8 million operating surplus can’t have financial problems. It’s ironic, he suggests, writing in his lede, “The Orange County city that received national attention when it moved toward laying off up to half its workforce and outsourcing municipal services to private contractors in order to trim its future pension cost is finishing the year $3.8 million in the black.”
Leaders of the Orange County Employees Association, the union representing many city employees, were seized by precisely the same confusion—hence the bowel-voiding, finger-pointing and just biblical clothes-rending. They quickly responded that the surplus shows Costa Mesa hasn’t got a money problem at all, and that (ergo) any effort to trim city expenses—particularly the cost of public-employee pensions—is a scam run by Republican ideologues who’ve fabricated a phony financial crisis in order to destroy the American working class.
“This demonstrates that this council can’t be trusted and that this [cost-cutting] has been politically motivated the whole time,” OCEA spokeswoman Jennifer Muir told the Times. It’s proof, union official Chris Prevatt wrote me, that “the goal of people like [City] Councilmembers [Jim] Righeimer, [Steve] Messinger, [Eric] Bever, and [Mayor Gary] Monahan, along with their brethren in the [state] legislature, is to starve government until it no longer exists.”….“It’s important to look back at the past year and remember that when this whole layoff scheme started, the city council said we’re on the brink of insolvency and have no money,” Muir told the Times. Now, she said, as the city closes the books on 2011, there’s this huge operating surplus…”.
“So, a note to the union leadership: Of course, wealth is relative. But citing the city’s $3.8 million operating surplus as evidence that “there’s plenty of money in the budget” or proof that Costa Mesa’s budget “is not broken” is like declaring yourself rich because—though you just lost your job and you owe $400k on your Visa card—you’ve found $24 in your walle…“.
“You’re broke, I’m saying.
To understand this, it helps to know the difference between a P&L and a balance sheet: Costa Mesa’s profit-and-loss statement—the one about which Joe Serna wrote on December 22—does indeed show an operating surplus. But Costa Mesa’s balance sheet shows liabilities of (hold, please) about $170 million in deferred capital projects (e.g., buildings, roads) and $255 million in unfunded employee benefits, including pensions. (It doesn’t include depreciation, which would add millions more in liabilities, but I can see you’re not really that into this.) Total liabilities: about half a billion dollars.
Weigh that nearly half a billion dollars against this year’s $3.8 million surplus, and you can begin to see the problem: either the union leadership can’t understand math or doesn’t want to. But it’s not all bleak: save $3.8 million per year for the next 112 years or so, and you’re all good.”
Posted by Smart Guy, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Got math no got brains. Lots of quotes, not much intelligence. (Wants to blame Pelosi for Costa Mesa's budgetary shortfall. Next will blame Obama for car accident on 580.) Fails to recognize possibility that the economy will improve over the next 112 years.