Posted by anon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm
I see an insurance scam going on here: 2 Mac Book Pro Silvers' were stolen, one values at $1800., the other at $10,000.
A MacBook Pro Silver valued at $1,800 was stolen along with an 800 iPad and miscellaneous other items worth about $500 from a home in the 700 block of E. Angela Street, reported at about 5:06 p.m. Feb. 26.
* A MacBook Pro Silver reportedly valued at $10,000 was reported stolen from Northern California Bible College in the 4400 block of Stoneridge Drive. There was no evidence of a break-in, reported at about 1:46 p.m. Feb. 26.
Posted by Petus the Cletus, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm
I submit it is time to increase the number of police officer, while not increasing the cost to the taxpayers. Cut the outrageous pensions and benefits the current police officers and fire fighters are getting. No more retiring at 50 with full pay and benefits for life.
Posted by Truth, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2013 at 8:05 am
Hilarious..take away the pensions you already agreed to pay our heroes? New employees at PPD and L P F D already pay more into their own retirements than current employees. With the Mayors State of the City quotes..we definitely have the money to support the current pensions. Also realize this issue will be solved within four to five years due to massive looming retirements at both departments..these heroes will then be replaced with the new employee supported pension plan. Let's be fair and honor our cities commitments to the employees who serve us every day.
Posted by Jake, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2013 at 11:07 am
You use the word "heroes"? I would laugh if it weren't so sad. These "heroes" are destroying our economies with unfunded liabilities in the billions. California is now a high tax/low service state, and if nothing is done, things will only get worse. These are not "heroes".
Posted by Truth, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Jake..Tea Partiers like you always make it a bigger issue than it really is...check your facts. Try to get the real numbers....not the one provided by your little party....then read..read and read some more. Also you should check with your Tea Party leaders such as Mark Levin...he supports law enforcement and firefighter pensions. If you would like to change the system do so, but don't think by burning current agreements you can solve a non existing problem. When you then change the system and pay the heroes less, don't complain with the lower levels of service to your community, as the quality of the employees drop. I am sure you are unaware of the top notch heroes we currently enjoy because that would mean you have looked at all sides of the story. Maybe you could bring the truth up at your next tea party...rather than bringing the finger sandwiches.
Posted by Jake, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm
I have no problem with policemen. It is their unsustainable pensions that I have a problem with. Let them have a 401k like everyone else and retire at 65. Anyone who thinks the problem is non-existent has his head in the sand. The current pension liabilities just cannot be covered without major tax increases, and that's assuming a pretty big economic recovery.
Posted by Truth, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm
Jake...so an Officer is twenty years into his/her career...now you want to give them a 401 k. If you don't understand how 401 k's work, they need contributions over the life of ones career so they can mature. How do you purpose to implement this change? You also have no grasp on the life span of an Officer or Firefighter...they do not sit at a computer screen all day like you. They are exposed to stresses, both physical
And emotional, environmental exposures, and a myriad of other factors which limit the usable shelf life of these heroes. You are trying to even the p,suing field by comparing the heroes to a desk jockey....does not work. Ask any one of our heroes and you will not hear one bitch about what I have listed above..they chose the career and love it, however, these factors are real. Rather than just your blanket approach of no more pensions..why don't you purpose some REAL changes with REAL solutions.
Posted by You Can't Handle the Truth, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm
The truth is they go out and get another job as soon as they retire. Which means its a lie they "have" to retire. Every cop and fireman I know - and I know a lot of them - continues work after retirement, taking a job that could go to someone looking for one.
Posted by Pete (retired), a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm
I have no problem accepting cops and fire fighters back into the jobs arena. For example, say I employed a part-time bartender or some other menial task worker, and I am approached by a retired cop with 30 years on the force. I'd naturally see the cop as being far more likely to do a good job for me. I'd certainly feel compelled to let the part-timer go in the face of a better job candidate. That's capitalism. The better qualified survive and the less qualified/incompetent ones are left to fend for themselves.