Town Square

Post a New Topic

Outlook 2010: more tough times

Original post made on Jan 7, 2010

Most prognosticators will say that 2010 has to be better than its predecessor. Would the governor of California agree?

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 8, 2010, 12:00 AM

Comments (3)

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

"The city budget was cut to the bone."? Then how does one explain hiring back three retirees for more than $100 an hour figure? I just don't buy that this city can't operate on a much leaner and ethically sound budget. Something really stinks here in Mountain View, and it's not coming from the sewers but from city hall. I say let the city go bankrupt and let's start off anew.

And as for the schools, no wonder we are in the mess we are in when the entire school board runs unopposed. The current school board must be booted out. We need new blood and new ideas. I can't stomach much more of this nonsense.

And the community should not tolerate the idea of a tax hike to support the schools as long as Ghysels' contract allows for him to be bought out to the figure of more than $300,000 over 18 months. That's where your hard earned tax dollars will go, and no doubt to fattening another round of early retirements to the tune of way over $100,000. See the San Jose Mercury article for more details. Web Link

BTW, these are two reporters Kelsey Mesher and Daniel DeBolt are future Pulitzers if they keep up the great reporting in 2010.


Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

Don Frances is a registered user.

Enough,

First of all, thanks for the nice comment about our writers. I agree they're doing a great job.

Secondly, I'd like to clarify something we maybe didn't explain properly: having city employees retire and collect pensions while returning to work at an hourly wage (even a high one) is actually much cheaper for the city. This is for two main reasons, 1) the city no longer needs to cover those employees' health benefit costs, and 2) the majority (I think around 75%) of the pensions are paid out by CalPERS, not by Mountain View proper.

Overall, from the taxpayer's perspective, this may seem like a screwy and/or unfair system. But from the perspective of someone running a city and managing that particular city's budget, this is a money-saver.


Posted by Will Joseph, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Come on Mr. Frances, wise up.
You sound like an apologist for the free spenders and their beneficiaries, or else you have fallen for their argument hook, line and sinker.
How much do their benefits really cost? New blood could surely be brought in, at lower cost, both benefits and salaries. Why in the world do we need to pay fat 6-figure salaries for HR and library people?
And the money from CalPERS isn't free.
If we groom more people for the top jobs, there will be more people available to fill the posts, at lower salaries; that's Economics 101, the law of supply and demand.
Can the city and/or state declare bankruptcy and and blow off all the cushy pension obligations for bureaucrats. (Leave firefighters, police, teachers' pensions intact, but pencil-pushing bureaucrats can get private sector jobs, the same as the rest of us.)



If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

The dress code
By Jessica T | 19 comments | 1,819 views

. . . People will never forget how you made them feel.
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,184 views

September food and drink goings on
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,162 views

Camp Glamp
By Laura Stec | 6 comments | 985 views