New police contract up for review tonight – I smell PORK!

15 May

Tonight there are a couple of troublesome items on the council agenda. Besides the phone tax, Chico Police Departments contracts are up and open for discussion.

The materials they provided in the agenda are, as usual, convoluted and dense, but this deal looks bad to me. It looks like the cops are offering to give up pay increases for the next two years, but deeper into the paperwork, they ask for an across the board 5 percent increase. It’s very clear they are asking to pay LESS toward their pension and benefits – they want a MAXIMUM of 9 percent, and they’re only paying 4.5 percent now.  According to the city manager, their offer to pass up pay increases will only save about $500,000 over the next three years, but  the PERS contributions will cost the city over $900,000?  No, thank you, I’d like to see a better contract. 

Chico PD gets over half the city budget. They like to brag about being under budget – well, they’re OVER BUDGET ON WORKMAN’S COMP,  for about the third or fourth year in a row. Read the studies – too much overtime causes injuries. So, we the taxpayers get the double whammy of overtime-spiked pensions and a lifetime of disability payments.

Scuse me folks, but I guess that’s why they call them PIGS.

5 Responses to “New police contract up for review tonight – I smell PORK!”

  1. Joseph May 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Hah! You can bet little Katy what’s her name will report in the headline that the selfless cops are giving up pay raises for 2 years and there will be no mention anywhere in her article that this contract will be costing the tax payer much MORE than it will be saving.

    • Juanita Sumner May 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      I am disappointed that neither newspaper even mentioned the contracts. All that hoo-rah about needing to raise a tax on our phones and our consumer goods, but they have an opportunity to get rid of structured overtime and ask the cops to kick in more for their own health care and retirement, and Burkland just recommends accepting the cops’ demands. And the ER just lets it by.

      That’s disappointing because I remember when we the public were not privvy to the contracts until they’d been signed. Now we have the opportunity to review this stuff, and nobody comes forward with any constructive criticism? No pressure from the editorial board to negotiate better contracts? It’s really too bad.

  2. Joseph May 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    I hate to tell people what to do…so this is only a suggestion…but you need to run for city council or start a newspaper…just some ideas for you.

    • Juanita Sumner May 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      I wish I could get more people to get involved. I think we can turn this phone tax (the ballot resolution passed just a few minutes ago by council) into a campaign that will get more people voting, and I don’t think that will be good for Schwab.

      • Juanita Sumner May 16, 2012 at 7:05 am #

        Well, the cops sure get involved! It never ceases to amaze me, how they pack the chambers when they’ve got a financial interest, wearing their PAC t-shirts to intimidate the council. I’m sorry, I can’t respect that kind of greed – these salaries do not attract decent people, they attract greedy, ugly pigs.

        By the way, Chico PD needs to go on a massive diet, these guys are OBESE! Some of their necks are bigger than their heads, and the guts on these guys! Now I know why we’re overbudget on workman’s comp year after year! They’re so fat, they sprain their ankles getting out of their cars at the donut shop!

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