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5 of 6 statewide measures defeated; Pleasanton braces for revenue takeaways

Original post made on May 20, 2009

With five of six propositions defeated at the polls statewide yesterday, Pleasanton officials will confer this morning on the possible financial impact to the city if Gov. Schwarzenegger follows through on his threat to start reducing the state's now $21-bilion-plus deficit by "borrowing" the money he needs from cities and counties.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 7:31 AM

Comments

Posted by Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 9:10 am

Despite the good planning of Pleasanton our long-term future is bleak. We need to reduce the public sector salaries ,pensions and medical benefits to levels comparable to the private sector. Over the past decade the apread has widened substantially. Given the collapse of California's economy we need major cuts and Pleasanton is not immune. As the voters indicated yesterday tax increses are out of the question. They will just increase the flood of people leaving the state. Make the public sector take cuts just as the private sector has done. There is no time to waste. California is bankrupt and a lot of the cities are as well.


Posted by Terry, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am


I agreed with Concerned Citizen.

Also, I feel that the State Lawmakers can start by reducing their salaries, perks, and staff. If they think they can make more in the private sector, then let them go try. Many of the lawmakers have never met a payroll or operated a business


Posted by erryja, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on May 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

If you are a city official of any city and have responsibility for department performance, the time has come for you to develop a plan to maintain good performance while reducing staff and resources,
The main stream of or business society has been under this direction for the last decade and the fit survive and the category will adjust long-term.
Many institutions do not have the leadership and skills to put forth such plan, so they must go outside to help develop plan "B".
Our government is no different than any other functional business. The leaders must find the talent to achieve success.
Reach out to experienced local residents who have the track record to execute the plan and these people will get you on the right track.
Plan " B" needs to be implemented with objectivity and speed. Goals and accomplishments must be set and tracked and accountability for targets missed must be addressed.
This is a very simple plan but takes unselfish players and leaders to pull off.
I hope Pleasanton and Livermore puts up a plan " B " SOON.


Posted by Pete, a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

Well I know of 3 recently retired Toyota executives in town and you cannot get better than that.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 11:16 am

Why should Sacramento take money from Pleasanton? They need to cut spending, reform the 3 point system which allows many union workers to retire with 6 figure incomes at a very young age, get rid of agencies like counties of education, the list goes on.

Sacramento should not take local money for their unnecessary spending. I hope the mayor of Pleasanton speaks about this, and tries to do something to prevent the governor from taking our money.


Posted by It's time, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm

California needs to declare bankrupt and renegotiate/invalidate all those ridiculous salaries, pensions, and contracts that are milking us dry. Enough is enough.


Posted by Get out of the wagon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Thanks PW for this very cautious reporting...you are always on the right side of the issues...just look at your stellar judgement on the ballot initiatives yesterday...

Oh, wait...you were wrong!

As usual you have peppered your statements in reporting with emotion about what will happen to our little town: Your ridiculous conclusions sound like: ONLY MEASURE G CAN SAVE US NOW!!

Why don't you all make this week's front page story headline: Be afraid, be VERY afraid!

We will approach June 2 with reasoning and no emotion and tell Casey and his wonderlings to get to work this summer and figure out a sustainable budget with zero increases, and then tell them to look at how to break the plate of the Union in town.

Just the humble opinion of one insignificant citizen.


Posted by Alee, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I am so incredibly happy I voted yesterday! The state of California has been going down the same road in the last 10 years as Obama has been leading us down in the last 5 months- a road of debt and irresponsible spending! So happy to see that the citizens of this state are starting to say "enough is enough."


Posted by Ceasar, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I will say this several times for emphasis.
Regarding Public Employees

Reduce pensions, reduce medical benefits, eliminate all pay raises
Reduce pensions, reduce medical benefits, eliminate all pay raises
Reduce pensions, reduce medical benefits, eliminate all pay raises
Reduce pensions, reduce medical benefits, eliminate all pay raises

A tax increase is out of the question unless these issues are addressed.


Posted by The Jackal, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I agree with its time.

Time to renegotiate.

Private sector has been dealt major blow to 401k and private union pensions same. Lay offs are many and increasing.

What does happens to the state of CA in a downturn - they raise taxes. Sorry no bailout for the state of CA - cut spending and cut headcount!