We got this “unverified” tip from one of our readers. We are passing it along because it sounds like business as usual at the City of Eureka to us:
I understand through my sources that the City of Eureka is sending the entire I.T. Team to the biggest I.T. party in the country. I understand folks just go for the big after party and yak at vendors. Of course they had to send everyone in I.T. as no one in it is smart enough to get the, cough, information and share it. So the City, which can’t keep a fire house open after raising a tax to do so, can afford to send the entire department at $500.00 a head for the tickets, round trip air fare from Eureka to Austin, Texas, 3 hotel rooms for 3 nights and meals, Oh and wait, then pay Nylex to be on call for 24 hours a day for 4 days in case something happens. But I’m sure it will be worth it for the City. Here is a direct quote from the sponsor of the event: “The most happenin’ IT conference around! It’s where IT pros and tech marketers come together to learn, meet, and play as they share tech tips, feast on Texas BBQ, and have one heck of a time — what more could you ask for?” Yes indeed City of Eureka, what more could you ask for? Maybe a little more fiscal responsibility, maybe council people who pay attention to where the tax dollars are going, oh, but that is a dream world. But enjoy Eureka, I understand that Eureka has a higher sales tax than 83% of California localities. Party on Eureka, party on!