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Proposed firefighter contract boosts compensation $17M over five years

Original post made on Aug 6, 2018

A proposed five-year contract with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's firefighters' union includes a wage and benefits package whose cost would increase by $17 million in cumulative additional spending over the five years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 6, 2018, 11:38 AM

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52 people like this
Posted by common sense
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm

This is pure insanity! We love our firefighters, but there us no way we should have such a high tax on our property taxes to support such an unreasonably high salary. This has got to stop.


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Posted by The Onion
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Ha!

Compliments to the great Almanac editors for including headlines from The Onion! That really lightens things up.

Awesome. Always need a laugh on Mondays. I'll point out that The Onion usually has funnier satire, but appreciate the effort. Perhaps the next Onion headline you use will be:

"Firefighters soon to do their own shopping on their 5 days a week off - bring their food To work with them"

;)


25 people like this
Posted by Question
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm

How many actual fires do they respond to now versus past decades?


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

And when does the gravy train stop?

How is it that Menlo Fire can justify such a lush employment package that is far above its neighbors?

Enough!!


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Posted by Roy
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:17 pm

That's on top of a $47 million unfunded pension liability, which will only grow larger as the calculation is based on salaries.


21 people like this
Posted by lnon
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 7, 2018 at 12:11 am

What is happening in Menlo Park? We already have the highest paid organization in the entire state of California by an average of $20,000 per person per year, and we are going to increase that by another $56,000 per year per person? Are we insane? We are certainly out of control. I will certainly be writing to the fire district and to the City Council about this issue. I'd like to see info on how many actual fires these guys respond to. Maybe we need to cut out the fire engine response to a house, along with police and ambulance when someone calls 911 for a medical emergency. We simply can't afford this anymore. And paying someone for 56 hours per week when they work only 40 hours----is there any wonder why government is not trusted anymore, and in some cases, absolutely reviled. This is one of those cases!


15 people like this
Posted by Really !
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Really ! is a registered user.

Really !
Bob - more than a gravy train, it's the whole prime rib!

Dear State Controller, "Menlo Park Fire Protection District had the highest average wages of any state or local agency in California."
Ummm, try the entire US...

And why are we insane enough to pay such high wages to begin with. Huge number of applicants for few jobs.

Don't get me going on Schapelhouman's Taj Mahal, or the new fire station on Oak Grove used to house an antique fire engine. HUH ? And he wants a new HQ.


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Posted by The Onion
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 8, 2018 at 7:55 am

Isn't someone conspicuously absent? Ahhh... August vacations!


13 people like this
Posted by Pot Meet Kettle
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

OK since our favorite Fire Board members appear to be MIA, I will do my best impression.

"The District has a balanced budget and tens of millions of dollars in reserves"
"The District does not have any unfunded pension liability"
"The District does not have any parcel taxes"



4 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Anyone interested in the facts can see them all here:

Web Link


In particular, note the independent outside analysis:

Web Link


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 8, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Folks willing to email the various Board members, here is the contact page for their email links: Web Link.

Let them know that this is excessive spending. As "Really" stated the whole prime rib has to stop.

If we don't say no now, the next raise will be even more.


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