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by Henry Riggs
on Dec 11, 2006
Editor, More than one Menlo Park city council member has counted on union support in his/her public aspirations, yet I believe they also realize the impact of city employee costs on our budget and, therefore, on our quality of life. While city workers should never be paid poorly, have no health care nor lack retirement commensurate with their private peers, none of this seems to be genuinely at risk in the current negotiations. What is at risk is our city's financial future, both regards current employee costs, and any commitments to future conditions or hiring that the union may request. Indeed, council may find that the commitments made in the happy go lucky 90's cannot be funded into the future. When they are behind closed doors in Tuesday's negotiations, our council still represents 31,000 residents of Menlo Park, not just the 250 who are so powerfully represented in that room. This will be a far reaching test of the freshman class. Henry L Riggs Callie Lane
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