Resident blowhard Tom Cookman gave his regular KINS community comment yesterday, railing against Measure Z. He’s usually 100% wrong on issues, but on Measure Z he was about 10% right. To be clear we don’t agree that county employees shouldn’t have dental insurance. We don’t agree that county employees shouldn’t have vision insurance. But we do agree that there are a lot of people in the county making a boatload of money. Before the supervisors ask to raise the taxes poor people pay, they should take a hard look at cuts that could be made to salaries within the county. Rex, where are your fiscally conservative credentials when it comes to these employee’s?
Not a surprise that local conservatives have been pointing out this disparity in pay between government workers and the private sector. At least as far as the county goes. There is a conservative backed effort against Measure Z. However, these same conservatives, many of who live in Eureka, support Measure Q. WTF?
In Eureka, the numbers for 2013 haven’t been released. However, in 2012 Measure O (the original Measure Q) funded $248,738 in pay and benefits for David Tyson. In 2011, Measure O paid Dave 213,523 in pay and benefits. Wow…during the financial crisis in Eureka Tyson still managed to pull in close to a half a MILLION dollars. But that’s not the half of it. Dave retired in 2012 and earns $137,159 a year in pension payments. Talk about the government cash cow!!!
But enough about Tyson. How about a lesser know city employee like Cynthia Trobitz-Thomas, former Redevelopment and Housing Director. In 2012, Measure O made sure she was comfortable with a pay and benefit package of $297,550. In the midst of this “financial crisis” in 2011, the “conservative” Brady Bunch council decided to fire popular Chief Garr Nielsen. Because they screwed up, Nielsen wound up getting $281,751 in pay and benefits for the year (his pay was supposed to be about $135,000).
As the budget crunch continues, and the Eureka City Council can see no way out of this crisis but to disproportionally tax the poor, they still paid the extremely inept and unqualified City Attorney Cindy Day-Wilson $191,544 in pay and benefits in 2012!!!!
This list goes on, and on. We urge the local “conservatives” to take a look. Is there space for savings in Eureka City Government? Of Course!!!!!
But, there is a reason that local conservatives have shied away from this issue and have given either tacit or implicit support. Many local “conservatives” like reaping the benefits of taking low income people’s money!!! It’s not about public safety (whose salaries they cut this last contract negotiation go-around and who haven’t been fully staffed in the PD…..since 1983), it’s about the pet projects they don’t want to lose. It’s about big government salaries for the well connected. It’s about the Eureka “conservative” bottom line.
Their “conservative” bottom line is; Taxes are great…as long as they don’t effect my friends and benefit me!
Vote NO on Measure Q