I was shocked to read Friday’s Tribune headline: “SLO told to restore binding arbitration.”
So who “told” 7,723 SLO voters, 73 percent of the total, that we cannot abolish a system that was propelling our city toward bankruptcy? Someone named Valerie Pike Racho in Sacramento. Described as an “administrative law judge” in the article, that individual actually works for the Public Employees Relations Board, a quasi-judicial administrative agency that is not part of the California judicial system.
The SLO City Council will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at City Hall Council Chambers, 990 Palm St., to discuss our city’s reaction to this baldfaced affront to democracy. The quasi-judge in Sacramento is supposedly a public servant, not our master. Nor is our City Council.
Let’s show up Monday morning at Council Chambers, cramming the room to overflowing and showing our council servants that we expect them to challenge this ruling and that our democracy is of, by and for the people — not in spite of the people.