News10.net runs a story about how there will now be “Fewer police on Sacramento streets” because of, well you know, the economy.
Data collected from the Bureau of Justice statistics shows: In 2007, the national average for city police to residents ratio was 2.3 officers for every 1,000 residents. By comparison, after this most recent layoff, Sacramento has 659 sworn officers – giving the city about 1.45 sworn officers to every 1,000 residents. That’s nearly 2/3 the 2007 national average.
Now, they’re are not saying you should go commit a crime now, but they are positioned to tell you “I told you so” if you did. Or, am I missing the point of this story? You have a 25 million dollar budget deficit. You have to cut jobs, right? Or, maybe salaries?
Then, I hop over to sacbee.com where I learn that “Sac Metro’s new chief played role in Vallejo bankruptcy” which is another clever headline.
As chief, Henke will handle contract negotiations for a department that in 2009 paid its employees an average salary of $132,000, the highest of any fire department in the capital region, according to state controller’s data.
(spits out coffee on laptop keyboard) $132K! While I am sure there is more to this stuff, it does seem that salaries and benefits could be adjusted a bit to allow for more people to have jobs if you really wanted to reduce lay offs. Otherwise, sell your catchy headlines somewhere else, right?
My point is that when times get tough, families, businesses, the government, etc. need to balance their checkbooks, right? I really can’t stand to read an article about how we can’t fix a pothole at an intersection because the city doesn’t have the 2.4 million it would take to fix it. The focus is always on not having enough money rather than asking why does fixing a pothole cost 2.4 million dollars? Or even worse, what if you do have the money?
The quarter-mile International Drive extension is a six-lane thorough-fare that connects Kilgore Road to Sunrise Boulevard and converts International Drive into a major east-west regional arterial road. The $17 million project includes intersection improvements, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and a bridge over Folsom South Canal.
(after cleaning up laptop keyboard, drops coffee mug on floor) 17 million for a 1/4 mile extension? Really?
So, what’s everyone doing for the 4th of July?