Is Measure L unfair to Women and Minorities?
Original post made by Angry Mom, Menlo Park: Stanford Hills, on Sep 28, 2010
I am writing because there is a measure on the ballot in Menlo Park that is very important to me. I am sending this to you only because I think you might like to know what I have found out. And it might help you make a decision in line with your values.
Measure L is a "Pension Reform" Measure. We have all heard that Pension and Retirement reforms are coming-I have no objection to this-keeping budgets healthy, planning for the future is smart for governments as well as individuals.
But this Measure has some major flaws as it is written, and is not, as it's proponent claim, Fair or Responsible.
Let me explain:
Measure L disproportionately affects positions held by women and minorities. If you look at the employee chart showing all 232 employee positions, and look at the top 100 highest paid employees in the city-47/100 of them are exempt from Measure L. This is not fair-and if it passes, in addition to not being true comprehensive pension reform-it will institutionalize this unfairness. We can do better than this.
There are many very sensible and compelling arguments why Measure L would not be good for Menlo Park- you will find them in your ballot book-and you can read the impartial analysis. Please know that the County Democrats have also endorsed NO on L.
I do not pretend to be an expert on pension reform or economics. But I do know that it's unfair to impose any kind measure that puts the burden on women and minorities.
I am happy to talk with you about this-I am now pretty familiar with the issue-and if you want I will try my best to answer any question you have for me.
Thanks for listening:)