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Viewpoint - March 24, 2010

Letter: A Tea Party pitch to the City Council

(The following letter was addressed to the Menlo Park City Council.)

I ask that the council consider changes to your proposed union agreements which are now in negotiations.

First, retirement should not happen until age 65, and we should now consider a 403B type of arrangement instead of the current plan. People, whether municipal workers or not, need to be more responsible for themselves, as it is evident that the community can't afford to cover retired workers' expenses forever. Also, Menlo Park needs to outsource many of our services, including police and maintenance.

Last, but certainly not least, the council needs to address problems of the city, not the larger geographical agendas which some of you have brought to the council chambers. For example: no more telling Redwood City what to do; no more attempts to invade our homes in order to police water usage and no more trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with the soon to be vacationing Anna Eshoo when one could drive, walk or ride a bike to her Palo Alto office.

Those are starting points. The world is changing. Maybe Menlo Park needs its own Tea Party movement.

Pat White

Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park

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