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News - May 28, 2010

Police give up pay raises for a year

Union raises cost city $2.7 million last year

by Daniel DeBolt

With just a few weeks left to patch a $4.3 million general fund deficit, the city's police have agreed to go without regular pay raises next year.

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Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Good for the police - and shame on the other unions.

Let's be clear - unlike lots of Mountain View residents who have lost jobs or seen their pay cut over the past 2 years, no Mountain View employees have been laid off and there have been no pay cuts.

In fact, the article points out that they received RAISES - plus of course they get better health care and pensions than almost any resident.

Mountain View residents are doing their part - including paying more fees. City employees need to do their share and agree to no raises this year.

Posted by Will Joseph, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Freeze the pay for the others too. If they want to strike, let them; the city will save a bundle while they're off.

Posted by Sad, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Amazing how the city spins this to make it look like the employees fault. As a resident and working in the provate industry their compensation packages are no different then ours just with different titles. I hate to see employees lose anythings which could cause them to transfer or move elsewhere. Those jobs are everywhere and there will always be a need for fire fighters, police officers, public works crews and so forth. The strange thing is how the city says there is this hugh budget gap they need the employees to fix. How about reducing the number of touchy feel programs that only benefit a handful of people (some not even residents). It is hard to support the city on this employee issue when in the same week we read about spendings to buy property or other expensive items. They say those funds can not be moved. Yes, they can...it is a hugh shell game that the top are not willing to play with. Sad.

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