Monday, October 16, 2006
Activist and Zealots
The Encinitas city council recently voted to give itself a 20% retroactive pay raise.
Council members voted 4-1 to increase their monthly salary from $898 to $1,077.
Councilman James Bond said he hadn't made such a paltry sum since he was a phone-company manager 35 years ago.
Bond also said that if salaries are too low, no one but activists and zealots would run for council, causing chaos in the city. UT link
Okay, Mr. Bond. Boo fricken' hoo about your phone manager job.
which one are you, activist or zealot?
Because you feverishly ran for city council knowing full well what the pay scale was and you also ran for re-election.
Now, I actually support a pay raise but I agree with councilman Jerome Stocks, Jerome Stocks dissented, explaining after the meeting that the council deserves a wage hike, but 20 percent is too much for me to accept.
Stocks said he also didn't like that it was retroactive
I've seen the Encinitas city council do and say some zany things in the last year, but Bond's quote is a doozy.
Longtime Encinitas city council members, activist or zealots?
Christy Guerin: Zealot
Former asskicking cop living off a sweet worker's comp claim, going to work for conservative member of the American Taliban, Brian Bilbray.
Maggie Houlihan: Activist
Rescues stray kitties while battling cancer and sign wielding lunatics of all kinds.
Jerome Stocks: Activist
He was the first person in a position of government in America to officially rebel against the Supreme Court's eminent domain decision.
Dan Dalagher: Activist
Changes parade names, says he is not a "credit card kind of guy" and then votes in 20 million in bond debt.
Jim Bond: Zealot
Perennial council member is often re-elected because knuckleheads like to check the box that says "James Bond". He shares very little with his fictional super hero counterpart except maybe a love for martinis.
Speaking of chaos...
Hall property park madness, Japanese delegation, street name changes, parade name changes, $10,000 birthday parties on the taxpayer's dime, big developer projects are rubberstamped while Johnny Homebuilder is given grief, the Leucadia Blvd train intersection is killing people, bluffs are crumbling, the firefighter's need new McMansion stations but can't put out any fires, the library is overbudget and behind schedule, street lighting fee scares, bogus clean water fees, botched flooding fix, 20 million in bond debt, no public restrooms at half our beaches, crazy landscapers, eminent domain threat in Leucadia, condo/hotel drama, city founders are shunned from 20th anniversary, Ecke and Prop A, city attorney works for another city, a bumbling city staff, public works yard/Mossy site 9.5 million bucks, traffic gets worse and worse with no road improvements, upzoning without ryhme or reason, it goes on and on and on...