One of the posts on another topic offered a web-link to the salaries of public employees and what struck me at first was how many police and fire chiefs, captains, lieutenants, Sargents, and engineers we have all making a combined salary with overtime, medical, dental, vision and employer contributions of over 200K. For a City the size of ours do we really need over 150 of these folks. Please tell me if you think this is necessary, I might be totally wrong.
There was minor traffic accident in downtown Mtn View, I witnessed this. There ended up to be 4 fire trucks including the ladder truck, 3 police vehicles and 2 EMT that show up to completely shut down CALIF and Castro street on a Friday night for an hour. I think they need to justify their time and pay. Why don't we change the City charters so that we can combine the cities of Sunnyvale and Palo Alto and Los Altos with Mountain View and have one police and fire organization. The City of SF has one organization and I don't think the four cities combined have a population of 800k. This could save all 4 cities a lot of money in regards to our unrealistic pension liabilities. I just don't think the tax payers of Mtn View can afford to pay these City employees as much as there asking in the future.
On another note, I noticed most of the employer contributions to their retirements are anywhere from 30k - 75K. How come someone like me who works in the private sector can only contribute $5500 to my retirement (IRA)?. This is money I saved it was not given to me by anyone. I think this is grossly unfair.