Facts versus fear
When the facts are against you, use fear. That seems to be the strategy of the San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Association when it comes to binding arbitration. On the July 8 broadcast of the Dave Congalton Radio Show, union president Erik Baskin said “people will die” if binding arbitration is repealed. Wow.
The union’s claim is that the City Council will reduce firefighter staffing if binding arbitration is repealed, thus threatening community safety. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have no plans to reduce firefighter staffing. In fact, the city’s long-range plan calls for a fifth fire station with crew off Tank Farm near Higuera, when the Orcutt and Margarita areas build out.
The City Council has placed Measures A and B, pension reform and the repeal of binding arbitration, on the ballot in an attempt to rake in out-of-control employee pay and benefit costs. It is these increases that could threaten public safety staffing, not the repeal of binding arbitration.
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Editor’s note: Andrew Carter is a member of the SLO City Council.
This is an open letter to the cycle rider who floors it all the way up and down Printz Road on the Arroyo Grande perimeter. Your speed isn’t clocked, of course, but from what my neighbors can tell, you must be traveling at least 70 mph.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will not run into another rider or driver during the times that you regularly use Printz as your personal Grand Prix.
A pack of morons
When I could spare the time, I watched the Casey Anthony murder trial. This verdict is the most shocking since the O.J. Simpson case. The defense rambled on for four hours about this fairy tale drowning theory, which was so deceptive, it was laughable — if it were not so tragic.
The prosecuting attorney and Jeff and Linda’s summation of the case was a brilliant detailing of just how little Caylee was murdered by her mother.
What a misfit jury.
One juror admitted she didn’t like to judge people. What was she doing on the jury, which requires one to judge? She was there because the judge did not permit the prosecution to dismiss her.
Another juror was arrested for drug paraphernalia found in his house. A third juror was arrested for driving under the influence.
These are certainly not our peers, but a pack of morons. Some are now admitting they didn’t think she was innocent. Little Caylee did not find justice with this jury, and her lying, misfit, narcissistic and pernicious mother can now continue her “good life.”