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Mtn View Public Employees

Original post made by Concerned Citizen , Monta Loma, on Oct 27, 2013

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.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 28, 2013 at 7:25 am

Good post, unfortunately no one cares since this has been going on for years. The top rungs of the school district are no better, especially right before retirement when their salaries all of a sudden start inflating. You also forgot one other thing. As soon as any or these public employees retire, they are then eligible to run off to another city to start double dipping on top of their retirements. Either that, or they cash in on the savings of a workers compensation claim right before retirement (easy to claim and get for police and fire) as a way of getting away tax free on many of their earnings (i.e., the ultimate Roth IRA paid for by you). The most egregious case is a former "disabled" MV Police Captain who now bikes long distance due to his disability. But hey, they all deserve it I'm sure. No one else could do the job.

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Posted by CC
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Call the whambulace (sic), as well the grammar and spelling police. They get 2.7 at 45