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on Jul 1, 2010
Where are the priorities?
Sure it's great to have a city-run golf course, but when it is losing money those funds come from OTHER city programs and services. All those other cities save money by outsourcing - money that can then be spent on critical and core city services.
Until and unless Council is willing to fully fund the police and library, we should not be subsidizing the golf course. And the proposal here is to do just what most other cities already do, and outsource it. Do that, keep the overall budget balanced, and spend the savings on areas like police and library.
"the cost of paying the union-organized employees at the golf course rose from $1.4 million to $2.1 million from 2000 to 2009, with average pay per employee increasing from $46,100 to $86,900 a year. Maintenance workers are organized under the Service Employees International Union, while managers and pro-shop employees are organized under the EAGLES."
"council members Margaret Abe-Koga, Jac Siegel and Laura Macias opposed outsourcing the operation Tuesday."
Well, now we know who these people truly represent. Here's a hint, its not the taxpayers or the voters. It's the government employees' unions. Abe-Koga, Siegel and Macias were bought and paid for and they are now coming through.
Cudos to the Voice for pointing out the outrageous wages being paid to the unions. How does this compare to your pay?
If the revenues from Shoreline never make it to the rest of the city, then suggesting that general revenues flow to bailout Shoreline would be counterproductive as well as counterintuitive. It would, however, be a great way for elected officials to lose their next election.
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