For those great Firefighters in our Community Around Town, posted by 1 brave momma, a resident of the Charter Oaks neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm
Hey all of you who were so anti firefighter in your comments lately just ask the man whose life was saved by an off duty firefighter Monday June7, at Club Sport here in Pleasanton how he feels about his life being saved---if you want to check facts just call Club Sport and then think again before you make such comments--Thanks
Posted by M., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm M. is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
There were some posts a few weeks back calling for fie fighters to have their retirement pensions removed, lowered, changed. As well as a slew of posters taking the positions that firefighters are drain on society and the economy, take advantage of us etc.. I believe that is what the topic is referring to.
Posted by Nice neighbor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm
I haven't heard many 'ANTI-fireman'. They're stiil the nice guys in town. It's just that since 2000 their greedy demands have been out of line. There are limits. They should be in line with the majority.
Again, there are limits. We have been pushed too far. It's puzzling that they don't 'get it'. The math is elementary.
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm
Thank you for the clarification.
My $0.02. Criticizing the compensation structure of a public employee is not "bashing" them. I think as a society we find it taboo to challenge how much we pay for services we deem admirable/respectable/etc. and we shouldn't allow that to blind us from being fiscal in our decision making.
For instance, I know a Southern California station is getting automatic 5% raises for the next three years (two years in to a 5 yr agreement). This is in addition to a pension and other benefits. I don't think questioning what we pay for these services (in relation to compensation for other public/private sector individuals) underminds the individuals that perform them.
Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 13, 2010 at 4:01 am
Firemen and Police Officers see a lot of things that nobody else does. Even in peaceful little Pleasanton, there are a lot of tragic, brutal and grotesque things that happen that if seen even once by your "average joe" would send him into therapy for years. First responders see these things all the time and it's very demanding psychologically. They deserve every penny we give them and we are lucky to have so many great men and women in our town that keep our city the nice place that it is. Very few people have what it takes psychologically to do their job.
Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 13, 2010 at 4:06 am
And one more thing, look at their salaries. They are doing well for themselves, but they aren't the millionaires some people make them out to be. Most of them still can't afford to live in town unless they've been around for a long time. If we want to keep quality first-responders in an area with as high of property values as here, we better be competitive.
Posted by Barney, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:41 am
Right on "Pleasantonian" how many of these "whiners" get bonus checks and other corporate perks etc Firefighters train constantly and are very well educated and "streetwise" How many of you out there could handle the scenes that they come upon,police also. There is more that goes on here in Pleasanton that doesn't make the papers, so calm down and know you are well protected!!!!!
Posted by "Whiner", a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm
The fire and police are different than other public employees, AND are REWARDED much greater than others. We know the job descriptions, no need to remind us. You all decided to jump down off the pedestal
when you made the choice to 'demand" the unreasonable and UNsustainable ! You made your choice. Did you think you would still be honored in the same way. You forfeited much of your honor when you went too far in sticking it to your neighbors. I'm sick of hearing about how wonderful everybody else has it ! Most of us are not in the mood for that xxxx ! You don't want to share the nasties, so we'll just blame the 'union bosses'. Well then THEIR GREED has got you in trouble ! Bigtime !