A show of gratitude
Imagine for a moment if SLO’s binding arbitration vote were to be held on Sept. 11. Recall how firefighters were lionized as heroes for their bravery and self-sacrifice?
The very uniform itself commanded the respect and adulation of the nation. We would have given them the world. Now, in these sad times of savage vitriol and angry rhetorical hyperbole, it seems our first responders have become greedy, overpaid and lazy. Those who choose to paint these men and women with such adjectives would do well to remember: Firefighters run willingly into situations you are running from.
I read recently that some people are flipping the bird at firefighters as they drive by in their trucks. How times have changed. It’s a sad commentary on the state of our community that we can’t express our differences in a more adult fashion.
And to those who would contend our firefighters are overpaid for their selfless duty (or overcompensated in retirement), I’ll say again: These people have agreed put their own lives on the line for the express purpose of saving yours. It may not be today and it may not be tomorrow, but when the alarm bell sounds, they will be there to answer.
Such commitment bears our gratitude and appreciation, and that’s why I am voting with the first responders. No on A and B.
San Luis Obispo
Who you gonna call?
The next time you have an emergency are you going to call 911 or a SLO City Council member? It would be better to tweak the binding arbitration process than to eliminate it. The City Council’s strategy of turning the voters against their police and firefighters is a political failure. The citizens of San Luis Obispo deserve better. Vote no on Measures A and B.
The decisive factor
The city of San Luis Obispo’s Measures A and B are not partisan issues. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, decline to state, come down on both sides of these issues.
What then, seems to be the decisive factor? Those loyal to Public Safety Unions (or wishing to curry their favor) generally oppose the measures. This is unsurprising. After all, it is the job of unions to protect their members’ pocketbooks and promote continual wage and benefit increases. Binding arbitration and current pension provisions have been enormously effective in that regard.
It is the job of City Council, on the other hand, to protect and promote the well-being of all city residents, the environment, the economy and the infrastructure when balancing the budget. Measures A and B will give the council tools to rein in spiraling overhead costs and allow the city to hire more public safety officers. Passing the measures may not benefit certain individuals financially, but will increase the short- and long-term financial health of the city as a whole.
Give the council the tools it needs to do its job — vote YES on Measures A and B.
Jan Marx, mayor
San Luis Obispo