Time to write to the city council about these pension payments – Scott Gruendl thinks “pension reform” means making US pay MORE!

12 Dec

Hi Debbie, Council members, 

 
I was just going over the minutes for  the Finance Committee meeting I attended earlier this month. I see that one question I asked, about the cost of certain consultant reports, was included in the minutes, but not the question I asked regarding what the city pays toward the “employee share” of pension premiums. Jennifer Hennessy stated at that time, “about $7 million.” Later she sent me an e-mail correction – the actual figure was closer to $10.1 million.
 
I wonder why my question and Hennessy’s answer are not included in the minutes? I asked this question during the discussion regarding the loss of Measure J. I was trying to point out, that while the city is complaining about losing $900,000 on a failed tax measure, they spend millions paying THE EMPLOYEE SHARE of pension costs, in addition to the employer share. Our city’s financial problems would be solved if the contracts were rewritten so that the employee pays their own share. Why isn’t this option coming up in the discussion? 
 
I also notice, the police advisory board gets verbatim minutes. I wonder, why aren’t all the committee meetings, including the ad hoc meetings, recorded verbatim? 
 
I’d like this letter to be attached to the next city council agenda as a “communication.” 
 
I’d also like to thank Fritz McKinley for answering my flood notice question. 
 
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation, Juanita Sumner

2 Responses to “Time to write to the city council about these pension payments – Scott Gruendl thinks “pension reform” means making US pay MORE!”

  1. Joseph December 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    “I wonder why my question and Hennessy’s answer are not included in the minutes? I asked this question during the discussion regarding the loss of Measure J. I was trying to point out, that while the city is complaining about losing $900,000 on a failed tax measure, they spend millions paying THE EMPLOYEE SHARE of pension costs, in addition to the employer share. Our city’s financial problems would be solved if the contracts were rewritten so that the employee pays their own share. Why isn’t this option coming up in the discussion?”

    Dang. That is a question EVERYBODY should be asking. Yet not a peep out of the local media and old Bobby Speer was crying that Measure J lost and “important services” would just have to be cut.

    The media always paints it as a choice between higher taxes or let the roads go to hell, let the cops not respond to calls, etc.

    Never any mention of other options like what you point out.

    And I guess we’ll just hear more about higher taxes as everyone on the city council is some kind of government feeder. Heck, even the two “conservatives” our gummit employees.

    And I guess it’s only a matter of weeks before we can kiss plastic grocery bags good bye and get taxed for the paper ones at 5 or 10 cents. Every time I go into the store virtually no one brings there own bags (maybe one or two sometimes but usually no one). Imagine the shock when their are no plastic bags and they’ve got to pay 5 or 10 cents per paper bag.

    Well let them do what they want. My days in Chico are numbered anyway and when I leave it will most likely be out of Crazyfornia.

    • Juanita Sumner December 13, 2012 at 7:01 am #

      I got a response from Debbie Presson saying she’d attach my e-mail to the January 2 agenda – meaning, it’s in the record whether they want to put it in the Fin Comm agenda or not. She also says she’ll “check into the minutes” of that Fin Comm meeting, but not what she’ll actually do about it. What I expect to hear is that somebody asked for that remark to be stricken because the information was false. I’m guessing a complaint from a citizen is not enough to get it put back in with a note of correction.

      I’m telling you Joseph, we gotta hit the letters section of the papers, both of them. Even if Speer won’t run them, he’ll be forced to read them. Today there’s a great letter in the ER from a Paradise woman – Mary Eddy – calling the Democrats and the unions “bullies” – “It is past time that they stop bullying people to vote them bigger pensions and medical insurance than the rest of the public.”

      She’s right. And we have to keep saying so. I sent off a letter to the Enterprise Record yesterday, and I’m guessing, given the lack of letters lately, it should be appearing by this weekend. I know, it’s Christmas and all that, but we have to keep up a steady pressure on these people.

      Evil never sleeps – Gruendl scheduled the next Finance Committee meeting, with a discussion regarding our “unfunded pension liability”, for the day after Christmas. Oh well, I don’t travel with the lemmings, I’ll be there. Wouldn’t miss it.

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