1st and 2nd Districts, do you suppose there is something we can do about this?
There are a bunch of us up here who would love to help with volunteer time.
Here is a link to the post and here are a couple of quotes from today’s opinion piece in the Times Standard from Richard Salzman.
For anyone who doesn’t remember, HumCPR once sued and County Counsel (including Carolyn Ruth) defended us, the people of Humboldt County. We lost, they won and in the end we had to pay HumCPR’s attorney Allison Jackson $100,000 in taxpayer money. Apparently that wasn’t enough to satisfy Money’s need for revenge.
As if not paying one county employee the going rate due to a personal grudge wasn’t bad enough, the Board has now approved a raise for Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey, who endorsed and campaigned on behalf of each of the Gang of Four in their election bids. Last November when they sought a tax increase through Measure Z, they said the funds would be used for “public safety.” Downey himself was in Vote Yes on Z television commercials. Did you think they meant they’d be hiring additional personnel? Why no, they’re increasing Downey’s pay from nearly $150,000 a year to almost $164,000 a year, along with a matching increase in benefits.
Conservatives and Reagan Democrats. Please take a hard look at your representatives. Reduced taxes and government as a bad thing are simply talking points. The truth is Reagan conservatives love government as much as the next liberal guy, they just want to put people they control in charge of it. Once that is done, they too realize the need for taxes, they just want to make sure they don’t have to foot the bill, you, the middle and lower economic classes do.
Measure Z is a perfect example of this. It was a regressive tax made necessary in part due to cuts in other county funding sources such as development fees.
Hooray for talking points and pulling wool over our eyes. (sarcasm)
Note: I’m not a fan of Sylvia’s term the “Gang of Four”. We can win without that type of rhetoric.