Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Big Giant Puddle in the Alley

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  1. thats the way the building was designed. That alleyway is in a 100 year floodway. The developers knew it and developed the lower level to flood while keeping the first story dry.

    If you notice the lastest drainage improvements reduced the flood time from days to just a few hours. Its an amazing improvement from the old days.

  2. Dalager is bad for EncinitasFebruary 24, 2010 6:45 AM

    This is a great article.

    Remember- Danny Dalager and Jerome Stocks are responsible for the 15% pay raise Encinitas employees received over the last 3 years and the 40% increase in pension and health care benefits.

    Vote out Dalager this year. He is bad for Encinitas.


    If Carlsbad wants to cut its pension costs, it might consider making its employees shoulder more of the burden, a consultant told the City Council on Tuesday.

    That's an issue many city officials across the state are putting "back on the bargaining table" as they struggle to balance their budgets during the national economic downturn, consultant John Bartel said during the special council session.

    Bartel's comments came as Carlsbad enters an election year in which city employee benefits are expected to be a hotly contested topic. Two of the city's three main labor groups are in contract negotiations, and the third's contract expires at the end of the year.

    And, the two people who have announced their candidacy for mayor ----- Councilman Keith Blackburn and Councilman Matt Hall ---- have opposing viewpoints on the pension issue.

    However, city officials forecast that Carlsbad's pension costs could climb over the next decade. In the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, the city expects to add $14.94 million to its pension system. In eight years, that figure is forecast to be $23.49 million.

    Carlsbad, like many communities across the nation, expanded its pension system several years ago when economic conditions were better. Now, many communities are rethinking those decisions, Bartel said Tuesday.

    Carlsbad pays both the "employer" portion of the yearly cost to fund its pension system and nearly all of the portion that's referred to as the "employee" part. In fact, many cities pay 100 percent of that employee cost, Bartel said.

    The city's been paying most of the pension expenses since the 1980s. What's changed in recent years is the size of the benefits that retiring employees obtain.

    Like most communities in California, Carlsbad now offers what's known as a 3-percent-at-50 retirement plan to its emergency service employees and a 3-percent-at-60 retirement plan to its other employees. That means that firefighters who retire at 50 can get 3 percent of their highest salary times the number of years they worked for the city.

    In Carlsbad, the average firefighter or police officer retires at age 55 and has 28 years of service, according to city records. Using the 3 percent salary calculation, that person would receive an annual city pension of $76,440.

    The same applies to Encinitas

  3. now that's a good plcae for a surf contest!


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