Monday, January 16, 2006
Now Really, Kerry
Barbara Cobb is the President of the Cardiff Town Council. She is right on with this letter to Encinitas city manager Kerry Miller.
I read the S.D. Union-Tribune piece by Angela Lau on Saturday and I find your comments really outrageous. Threatening to turn off street lights because there is not enough money. Now really, Kerry.
When it serves your purposes (raises, increases in benefits and pensions), the city is healthy and there is plenty of money pouring in.
When it does not serve your purposes, you threaten to turn off lights because there is not enough money.
You can't have it both ways. There is plenty of money for your raises, etc. (big bucks) but not enough money for street lights (little bucks) so we must again be taxed. Not enough money for storm drain maintenance either so we must again be taxed.
There are so many examples of city waste but since you are currently concerned about the Landscape and Lighting Fund, let's look at just one small example of waste. The redo of Santa Fe Dr. is typical. This story came from a city employee. Reportedly, the small dirt areas on Santa Fe will be city landscaped, watered and maintained by the city - estimated at $48,000 for the yearly upkeep. Why doesn't the city simply put in the sidewalks and let the property owners take care of whatever dirt strip is left - like neighborhoods do all over the city ??
Instead of taxing us over and over and over again, how about a little belt tightening - like people all over this city are doing because of higher taxes.