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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE re is a way .to fix California's b WHERE I STAND er $20 billion shortfall this United States. In fact, the co- in last May's special election, ready Struggle to pay for their form, including rolling back year. We have $500 billion in chair of President Obama's the voters overwhelmingly re- own retirement. Now they are benefits for new hires. I have ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER government-employee pen- debt commission recentlyjected higher taxes. That is being forced to pay more and fought for these reforms in GOVERNOR sion debt alone, a mind-numb- compared our national debt to why I am fighting for a budget more for the government work- prior years, yet the special in- ing figure that is six times the a cancer, that cuts spending, does not ers' retirement, at the very terests spent tens of millions We are now more th an a size of our entire state budget "It is truly going to destroy raise taxes and finally forces time their own retirement ac- of dollars to defeat them. But month into the new fiscal year and 10 times the amount we the country from within," said government to live within its counts have declined. What is this year their money is no and still California has no spend on education. Democrat Erskine Bowles. means, worse, in five years those pen- match for my will and the will budget. I want the people to be At the same time, our corpo- Yet right now, there are But this budget is not just sion costs wil[ grow to well of fed-up Californians who are clear about what I am fighting rate, sales and income tax those in Sacramento who about the short term. We must over $10 billion per year, and demanding change. for and why this fight is so rates are among the highest in want to continue tumblingalso adopt long-term reforms keep growing from there. Today, there is no doubt that critical, the nation, down the same destructiveto put our finances on solid Over the next 30 years, the our state faces serious chal- Today, we stand at a great The public debt just for gov- path of more borrowing and ground for future generations state will spend hundreds of lenges. But in spite of whatev- crossroads. The economic cri- ernment employee benefitshigher taxes. That path will to come. billions of dollars just to ser- er problems our government sis has rocked governments has grown so large that it is lead us to economic suicide. We must create a rainy-day vice existing retirement bene- has, I never lose faith in the fu- and families around the world threatening to crush our pri- Government must stop be- fund, so we save money in the fit debt -- further hammering ture of our state. California is and forced us all to confront vate sector, which creates the ing a roadblock and instead good years to cover shortfalls taxpayers and crowding out still home to the greatest entre- harsh realities that were ig- jobs that pay for our schools, begin helping employers and in the bad years, funding for education, infra- preneurs and innovators in the nored for far too long. For Cal- parks, public safety and more. entrepreneurs expand and We must also reform Call-structure, healthcare and oth- world. Now we must give them ifornia, the reality is that for This is simply unsustain-create jobs, because the econo- fornia's pension system for er critical programs. In fact a government that is a partner decades government has been able. Let me remind you that my will not come back andgovernment employees, whose this year, for the first time and not an Qbstacle, a friend racking up debt by making this debt disease is not just a state revenues will not come costs to taxpayers for just one ever, we will spend more on and not a foe. promises it could not afford, threat to California. Look at back until private sector jobs of our major pension funds government employee retire- If we succeed, California's After solving a $60 billion what is happening in other come back. have skyrocketed from $150 ment benefits than on higher star will shine brighter than deficit last year which in- states and other nations like Higher taxes and more debt million a year a decade ago to education, ever. cluded many tough and un- Greece, Spain, France, Ire- do not grow jobs. They kill almost $4 billion this year. That is why I have proposed Editor's note: The state bud- popular cuts we face anoth- land, Britain and even the them. Let's also not forget that Private sector workers al- comprehensive pension re-get is now 56 days overdue. Privilege and responsibility of public,service: A city manager WHERE I STAND partly by the very real pain City managers do not fallinvesting in highly qualified balances whereby voters Of course, cities should of the nation's current reces- into their positions by hap- managers with the expecta- elect their leaders, who in weigh proposed compensa- BILL GARRETT sion. Which makes this a penstance; most have a sin- tion of yielding long-term, turn hire the city manager tion cuts against competitive- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CALIFORNIA CITY MANAGEMENT good time to address the un- cere passion for public ser- positive results, and decide his or her salary ness when hiring managers FOUNDATION derlying question: What is vice and want to make a dif- Meanwhile, many city man-based on parameters thatbeing mindful that such the role of a city manager? ference bY assisting the de- agers are accepting reduced vary from city to city. action may attract less-quail- Recent media scrutiny of City managers are execu- velopment of healthy com-compensation voluntarily for Open meetings and other fled talent and possibly lead five-level talent tasked with munities. However, it takes the greater good of their com- opportunities for public par- to systemic breakdowns. city managers or more maintaining and improvingmore than the desire to gr.ow munities, ticipation are also essential That said, in these times of specifically their compensa- tion has reached a fever infrastructure and ensuring a city; it requires a keen and Comprised of city managers parts of the system, financial duress, it is mor pitch in California andthe delivery of services that constant sense of logistics across the state, the California CCMF, in partnership with important than ever that city across the country, foster citizens' comfort and a ad a thorough knowledge of City Management Foundation the League of Californiagovernment and its employ- The city management andsafety, including police, fire, government, public adminis- cultivates these professionals Cities and the California af- ees be held accountable. Our governmental compensation water, sewer and the mainte- tration and finance, by extending support and of- filiate of the International fellow tax-paying citizens, abuses uncovered last month nance of streets and parks. Worker unionization re- fering best-practice resources City/County Management who continue to sacrifice as in the small Los Angeles sub- These professionals coOrdi- quires the city manager to be to its membership. Association, is committed to they either search for work urb of Bell are deplorable nate city planning and the a skilled labor and contract It is CCMF's mission to fos- transparency in hiring prac- or work much harder just to and warrant a full investiga- multitude of visible and in- negotiator, while the demand ter council-manager rela-tices and compensation pack- make ends meet, deserve tion. Such trespasses are rare visible moving parts neces- of citizens to be heard and tions and the well-being of ages while adhering to the nothing less. in a profession known for sary to sustain a vibrantkept informed necessitates city managers to ensure sta- city managers' code of ethics transparency and populated community; ironically, it is clear communication and ble and successful communi- developed by ICMA. Bill Garrett, formerly a city by talented and dedicated in- often only when somethingleadership skills, ties. City managers see them- ICMA additionally has af- manager serving the South- dividuals, goes wrong that their role is It goes without saying that selves on the council's team firmed that the standardern California cities of El Ca- Without the benefit of noticed, all executives are not created those elected set the direc- practice for establishing the jon and Corona, is executive knowing theSull extent of a Because her responsibilities equal, and the administrative tion and establish policy and compensation of local gov- director of the CaliforniaCity city rhan g 'r' resPonsibili- impact every resident every- t le lt pool from which cit3 .... the cry manager eXeeuteg:e hmerk managers is fair, - Management Foundation. " ties, the public has been day, it's important to acknowl- managers are drav n is limit- the tasks, reasonable, transparent and The organization is com- swept up not in a debate but edge the efforts of the city ed. As a result, hundreds of The established leadership based on comparable public prised of more than 200active a tempest of suspicion fueled manager even when things are California cities have clearly structure involves a well-test- salaries regionally and na- and retired city managers going well in your city. and reasonably prioritized ed system of checks and tionally, statewide. L E T T E R S o. t; (-:: E D I T O R Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maxim, um of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Pubtishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com What a surprise when the students started handing out children's books to the young parade watchers. The chil- dren sitting in front of us were very excited after receiv- ing their gifts. A truly great idea. Mike Smith Meadow Valley Unsung heroes Last Wednesday, Aug. 11, at about 1 p.m. I was driving over the Gulling Street Bridge in Portola. To my dismay someone in a burgundy Es- calade had just run over an it's hard to understand any of it. If you turn to any other sta- tion on the radio, it's clearer than the "emergency station." What the heck is going on? What a crock. Jim Battagin Quincy witness know about it. was my second: so we were LindaHarvey hardly an ugly partisan Portola crowd. Even the most ardent voices Permit this were the sound of democracy Permit this, permit that. A in action as people gathered to friend of mine told me that he raise concerns about things had to get a permit from the that mattered to them, and to city elite to have a yard sale. hear SheriffHagwood speak. Are you kidding me? The I'm curious about the Tea biggest reason behind this is Party. I don't have to agree to regulate the frequency and with them on a single subject locations of such sales. It ap- to admire their involvement. pears that our namby-pamby I don't have to judge them to council has decided that they learn from them, and I can ad- don't like these sales, mit to agreeing with them on You also have to use somesome points without fear of signs that they no doubt pur- alienating any who despise chased from one of their them out of hfind. friends with our money be- Ms. Miller went there, cause they don't like the ones seemingly, to have her pre- that you and your kids made. conceptions validated, and Council people, hear thisher letter makes me think of you can't start a grassroots ef- the phrase, "If you look for the fort, the grassroots has to worst in people, hoping to find start it. Plow the snow, dig the it, you surely will." I think ditches, collect the garbage Abe Lincoln originally said it. and stay out of our lives. We I agree with Ms. Miller that have enough government Greg Hagwood was impres- problems, sive and civil. I was proud of Geoffrey Thompson his presentation, and in- Portola formed by it. Even though I'm not a mem- Firefighters ber of the Party itself, I I am writing this letter to learned what my neighbors commend all of the firefighters are thinking, and what that responded to the Canyon they're doing about their con- fires Aug. 13. They responded cerns. I felt no need to jeer at promptly and worked quickly any of the opinions expressed. and efficiently to put the fires Does that automatically make out in a timely manner, me "one of them"? Thank you, Am I to be guillotined for Cathy Wheeler my tolerant attitude towards a Twain group of people? I wonder at such expressions of anger, I Rather harsh really do. - Betty Miller's summation of Dorothy Wilson the recent Tea Party meeting Tobin seemed rather harsh. The guillotine, eh? To cure, Muffled incoherence presumably, the "right-wing Why is it that when there is Republicans on steroids" that an emergency and we are di- attended the meeting, rected to dial to 1610 AM on Hmm. I drove up to the our radios by those expensive same Tea Party event fromsigns with flashing lights near Tobin, so I'm the farthest the college that all we hear is thing from the country club an undecipherable mess of set that Plumas County offers muffled incoherence? Suppos- in terms of distance. I sat with edly, this "information" is ex- people who had never attend- tremely important and could ed a Tea Party event before; it mean life and death and yet Adverse effect We always enjoy fair week and being in the parade with our '65 Mustang. We support the hospital project even if it results in our property tax to increase. Hopefully the re- sults of the upcoming election will not have an adverse effect housing values as well as the entire economy will continue collapsing due to a scarcity of energy, so I have voted Yes on Measure B. Most of you reading have probably already voted as well. For you that have not, please do. When making your decision try to get past the emotions and look at a bigger picture, but however you de- cide let your vote be counted. Low turnout allows the status quo to continue, vote. Jeff Ludvigson Quincy adorable small white dog. on obtaining funding to go for- Did they? Appreciative The clueless Escalade dri- ward with the planned pro- Did the landlords who told My wife and I have had the ver continued on without con- ject. their tenants that their rents opportunity of being a vendor cern while the dog was saved John and Joan Babcock would be raised if Measure B at the Plumas Sierra County from further harm by the Quincy/Paradise failed also discuss with them Fair for the last five years. We heroic action of a young man the very small tax per unit ba- wanted to let all the 4-Hers who risked his qwn safety to Almost over sis for such a rent increase? who participated in the fair quickly scoop up the injured Thank goodness it's alnmst Did they discuss whether know how much we appreci-animal from the street. The over. No more "bad" poetry or the tenants could afford to do ate your politeness and your young man's wife/girlfriend "slick, big city consultant" without the preventive health manners when buying our attended to and tried to com- references to assault us. The and obstetrical services the products, fort the dog while the young Measure B election is very hospital provides? Did they Since 2006, when we bought man ran full speed to city hall simple, yes or no. ask them what toll it would the business and started doing for help. If you believe the only way to take to travel for emergence the fair, we've watched you Shortly thereafter, another save our hospital is to replace it treatment for themselves or grow into young adults and man arrived on the scene, with a new two-story facility, their children? never had any problem with claimed the owner was his then you shouldvote no. Rural hospitals aren't sur. any of you and it makes doing cousin, picked up the -injured If you believe the responsi- viving in unsupportive com business with you a pleasure, dog, and left the scene despite ble thing to do is to commit to munities. The hospital wil You are a great tribute to your- several pleas from bystanders more debt in these uncertain eventually close if Measure B parents and how well you for the obviously seriously in- economic times, and this is passes, probably sooner thar were raised. Plumas County jured dog to be taken to the not only a decisian for you later. should be proud of all these veterinarian immediately, and your family based on Property owners an6 young people. First of all, the young man your financial situation, but renters have in common the We also want to thank Oren, and his lady walking down also a decision for your neigh- need for medical services. All: Willo and Mel for all their the street with baby in a bors and all property owners of us can contribute some help. stroller acted bravely and in the district with no regard thing. This is a fair tax tha Danny and Peggy Hansen with great concern for the lit- to their financial situation, if proportionately collects Greenville tle dog, and probably no one you truly believe that is re- amounts based on property knows or cares. They deserve sponsible, then you should value and ownership with 50 Truly great to be appreciated for their vote no. percent being paid by our: I would like to give a very courageous and caring ac- If you believe that adding very largest corporate and big round of applause to tions. 12.5 percent to your tax bill business landowners, entitie Feather River College for its Second, I hope the person for 27 more years will in- that benefit from our local involvement in the Fair Pa- who injured the little animal crease your property value pool of renters and moderate rade this past week. sees this letter and recognizes while property values col- wage earners. The idea of handing out chil- that their unobservant driving lapse all over the country, Tenants understand that dren's books by some of the has consequences, and most then you should vote no. their r nts may routinely in:, athletes was a great idea. We importantly, if someone knows I do not believe replacement crease as landlord's expenses were sitting along the parade if the little dog survived the in- is the only way to save the increase. But tenants alone route with children sitting in cident it would be nice if they hospital. I would never pre- : front of us when the students would respond to this letter sume to tell you what you can and their floats came by.and let those of us who were or should afford, and I believe See Letters, page 12B I H Illlll]li/lITlii Iliifdl/if/Uilli ITT/llllllllllli1111|l