City’s poor decisions
The city is pushing their financial problems onto police and fire employees, saying that binding arbitration is ruining the city. The truth is that police and fire employees continued to work for two years without a contract.
Within that time, the city could have planned ahead and set money aside to aid in the inevitable pay raises.
Instead, City Council members voted for their own pay raises, sold city property at ridiculously low prices and invested in unnecessary art projects. Need I mention the money spent moving power lines and trimming trees to accommodate a double decker bus?
It seems to me the city has a complete disconnect with reality and it has finally caught up with them. Instead of taking responsibility for their poor decisions, they are pushing the blame onto the Police and Fire Departments.
Police and fire employees have been more than accommodating, like taking salary freezes for the past two years, paying for increases in health insurance and holding positions vacant.
As the proud son of a San Luis Obispo city police officer, it sickens me to watch my dad and his co-workers get stepped on by a small but vocal group. It is not right.
Please help the cats
The POUNCE cat rescue group continues to provide for 50 cats rescued from San Luis Obispo County at our sanctuary in Oroville. Also, we are still helping local stray cats, as we have for 16 years.
One recent rescue was Shining Star, an emaciated grey cat that wobbled into a Los Osos home. POUNCE volunteers made sure she received medical and foster care and she was blissfully happy for several weeks.
Despite the best veterinary care by Los Osos Pet Hospital, Shining Star failed to recover from her life of deprivation. Although found too late, she at least had love in the end.
POUNCE is also preparing to spay local feral cats. As volunteers, we can only help the community if we receive donations to cover the bills. Will you help?
We are inspired by longstanding rescue groups like the North County Humane Society, the Woods Humane Society and the Homeless Animal Rescue Team to push toward a county that cares for its animals rather than kill them for convenience.
Please donate to POUNCE, Post Office Box 6075, Los Osos, CA 93412 or Post Office Box 341, Oroville, CA 95965 Thank you for your support.
Heroes of Wisconsin
Robert P. Dwight’s letter entitled “Hiding out” (Feb. 26) forgot to mention why Wisconsin’s Democratic senators used the only option they had to block union-busting legislation. It’s all about politics.
The Democratic Party has traditionally been the party of the working class and have supported unions. So unions have traditionally supported the Democratic Party with money and grass-roots organizing.
For Republicans, it seemed clear that the way to weaken the Democratic Party was to do away with unions and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker found the perfect opportunity.
First, create a “budget crisis” by handing out tax breaks. Then, blame the unions and finally, refuse to negotiate so that a law could be passed that would deny collective bargaining and cripple unions.
Have we forgotten that unions were responsible for the 40-hour workweek, paid overtime, pensions, improved working conditions, sick pay and vacations? Those Democratic legislators are heroes in my book.
Grateful for help
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you on behalf of Laney Lemus and her family to those who purchased tickets and stood in a long line in the pouring rain for our benefit barbecue!
To the following people who contributed to the success of the barbecue: Ron Taylor, Gary Guggia and Howard Hess and their barbecue teams, Pepsi, Pappy’s Restaurant, Frito Lay, Portable Johns, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Genoagraphix, Liberty Strawberry, Miner’s Hardware, Jocko’s, The Far Western, CVS Pharmacy and the Nipomo 4-H Club.
Thanks also to those countless individuals who baked for the bake sale. The turnout was overwhelming! If you held a ticket that went unfulfilled at the end, my apologies! The outpouring of love and support from the South County communities for this young lady and her family is being felt in her hospital room at UCSF Children’s Hospital. She is making progress and her family is grateful for all the support.