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on Mar 18, 2009
I was a member of the Budget Advisory Committee ("BAC"). The stated purpose was to prioritize our services and to explore ways of raising revenue to fund our services. In actuality it was campaign to garner public acceptance of the UUT. Audrey Seymour led the Committee. Every time the committee sought ways to increase the revenue base by bringing in new business she steered the meeting back to the UUT. This was shameful on the part of the City because it expressed no interest in broadening the tax base. It only wanted to increase tax rates on its residents. I was the only person on the BAC who publicy spoke against the UUT. This was because the UUT was promoted by City staff is being needed to address the budget shortfall; but they would not and could not offer any proof there was going to be a shortfall.
Well as it turns out there was no budget shortfall that year. City staff knew we were going to have a budget surplus but purposely withheld that in hopes that the UUT would pass. Only after after the Deception Election was it was announced that we had a surplus. But that was too late. The Ciy staff had hoodwinked the public and the UUT was passed.
So why did the City want the UUT. Well that is easy. It was to pay for the egregious pay raises, early retirements and augmented benefits for the SEIU employees that are way out of line with the private sector.
We should say no to Heyward Robinson and insist that he return to the bargaining table to negotiate new contacts with the city employees, or start laying off employees. I have had enough with that union sycophant and so should you.
I urge every resident to contact Mr. Robinson and tell him we had enough and that the City Council should start working for the residents instead of the SEIU. His e-mail address is email@example.com. Alternatively you can call him on his cell phone at (650) 208-1512.
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