Last week, Carol Kim laid out a plan to deal with a real and present issue facing the City – the issue of police retention and recruitment.
“We can’t ignore the market, “said Kim. “How can we expect to retain our officers when they can go to other law enforcement agencies in the area and get considerably better compensation packages?”
The Kim Plan would utilize 1/3 of the budget surplus identified by Mayor Falconer to provide a 5% raise in salaries per year in each of the next 4 years – all without a tax increase or cut-backs to other City services.
“We can’t afford to be paying $190,000 to train police officers, only to have them leave for other departments,” said Kim. “It’s time we start re-investing this money into the SDPD to protect both our officers and our communities.”
Carol’s opponent conceded that additional funding for Police salaries was needed but rather than sign on to the Kim Plan, called for waiting for a City study. And, rather than utilizing the City’s budget surplus, he’s absolutely willing to cut back on current City services (Parks? Libraries? Water/Sewers?) to pay for potholes and police.
In order for Carol to implement her critical plan we need to get her elected to the Sixth Council District seat on the City Council. You can help by checking out her Call/Walk schedule HERE. She also needs money to get the word out. The Club is a co-host of the LGBT Sunday Brunch Fundraiser for Carol Kim on Sunday, September 28th. It will be from 11AM – 1PM at the beautiful home of Susan Guinn and Denice Feldhaus. You can RSVP for this event HERE.
And, What a week for Scott Peters. Following endorsements from non-partisan Human Rights Campaign and Equality California (and the non-endorsement of his opponent by Victory Fund which specializes in funding openly LGBT candidates), the usually Republican-partisan U.S. Chamber of Commerce comes out with an endorsement of Democrat Scott Peters.
A chamber spokeswoman said the organization had endorsed more than 260 candidates in the upcoming elections, only four of whom are Democrats.
Scott’s opponent, or as we prefer to refer to him, he who shall not be named, tried to downplay the endorsement only to have Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s National Political Director, Tweet “[he who shall not be named] left to rely on his own consultants to pretend he’s pro biz. Sad. Fact is he sought our endorse & failed. No one weighed in.” Perhaps fearing that the Tweet wasn’t clear enough, Engstrom followed with “[he] campaign pretending to be pro business, and yet loses Chamber endorsement. Not a single company weighed in for him.” And, yet again, “[he] campaign imploding. Fact: they sought our endorsement for over a year, overwhelmingly rejected. Stop the hypocrisy. Now.” http://tinyurl.com/osjzffj
Perhaps because he suddenly realized that over 50% of the voters in the District are women, or perhaps, just to change the subject from the Chamber fiasco, Scott’s opponent decided to launch a women’s offensive. He succeeded. It was pretty damn offensive.
He who shall not… proposed to make birth control (now covered under the Affordable Care Act as a no-co-pay benefit) available over-the-counter. Leaving aside the efficacy of providing these items without a medical professional’s advice that they are safe and effective for the individual, this would cost the public hundreds of dollars yearly because most health insurance coverage does not cover Over-the-Counter medications so what is free under the Affordable Care Act would become out of pocket expenses.
Another bait-and-switch proposal he signed on to is the “Working Families Flexibility Act”. You can be excused perhaps by the bill’s title to believe that it would provide “flexibility” for parents to spend time with their children. What it would actually do is amend long-standing labor law by allowing private-sector employers to offer compensatory time off (at the employer’s convenience) instead of paying time-and-a-half pay for overtime. Employers and workers are supposed to agree on the arrangement, but there’s nothing to stop an employer from discriminating against those who prefer payment by cutting back on their overtime hours. There is also no real deterrent against forcing unpaid overtime on workers who fear losing their jobs if they object.
Perhaps the “flexibility” he is going for is flexibility to allow employers to be able to kiss their own lives goodbye.
Scott’s opponent has a long pattern of losing friends and influencing people against him, but he can’t do it alone. You can get involved by calling (858)571-7424 or emailing [email protected].