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  •  ah...but you missed something (8+ / 0-)

    ...contract out the water
    ...contract out the lights
    ...contract out waste disposal
    ...contract out the tree maintenance
    to people who could give less than a flying flip about your community, then contract out
    ...the police
    ...the fire
    because lordy knows they make too high of a pension after risking their lives daily to protect ours, then...
    ...eliminate parks and rec programs
    ...close the libraries
    because education, literacy and healthy programs are just not a priority
    ...but dammit...
    GIVE THE TOP 1% THEIR F*CKIN' TAX BREAKS!!

    this ranting from a currently employed public employee...who hopes to stay that way...who actually doesn't hate my employer but sees all too well the impacts MB clearly articulated...and then some.  so to be clear, the rant is directed to the top 1%, for those who might not see the obvious.

    sigh.

    •  Indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Heather in SFBay

      You know it, all too well.

      And the punchline?  Privatization doesn't save anything!

      •  I learned that before I worked for the City... (3+ / 0-)
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        Marjmar, jayden, Heather in SFBay

        ...working for consulting engineering firms. They're good for special projects, big multi-item things. Day to day stuff, however, they're too damned expensive. And, they can't interact directly with City employees, except for supervisors, due to City and union work rules.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 07:30:12 PM PDT

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    •  They're running out of money... (4+ / 0-)
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      Marjmar, jayden, gsbadj, Heather in SFBay

      ...for the contract employees in Chicago. They had a tishload of them in the Division they moved us back to at CDOT before I retired. The deputy commissioner and I go back a ways, and she told me that there are no more corporate funds available for the onsite consultant kids.

      Nothing will get done. Nothing.

      I wish you the best of luck in your situation.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 07:26:39 PM PDT

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      •  thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        Marjmar

        and concur with both you and Marjmar - short term, project specific assistance is one thing, and it can be appropriate and cost effective.  but long term it ISN'T cheaper and you do lose the inherent expertise and knowledge of how things work, how residents feel, or ways to make things work at your site, in your community that contractors often don't have a clue about...or care.

        the thing here in CA, and for my situation in particular, is waiting to find out what's going to happen to redevelopment.  i'm in a suburban town in a county that consistently ranks in the top 3 most expensive places to live in the country.  we have made workforce/affordable housing development a priority to the greatest degree possible...and with the cost of land and cost of everything around here, losing redevelopment housing set-aside funds will obliterate our ability to do any in the future.  That in combination with the CA Supreme Court letting the Palmer decision stand and other decisions (PDF) affecting affordable housing has painted a bleak future for the average family of 4 finding any rental housing or participate in the rare first time homebuyer opportunity they can afford.  

        and all that says nothing about the number of jobs that will be lost in our city because of it.

        there are bigger fish that could be fried in this budget solution - like oil extraction fees - that no one is willing to even put on the table...and that irritates me to no end.

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