$384,000 raised for Santa Cruz County...

$384,000 raised for Santa Cruz County schools through car raffle

There are 22 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Oct 25, 2010, titled $384,000 raised for Santa Cruz County schools through car raffle. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

The chance to win a new car and help local schools played out at the Boardwalk on Sunday as a winning raffle ticket was drawn for the grand prize of a Toyota Prius, Subaru Outback or $25,000 cash.

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Straight Stuff

San Jose, CA

#1 Oct 25, 2010
Wow! Almost double what the Monte Ego Fireworks show brings in without closing a state park to the public. Kudos to all involved.
Soquel Local

Hollister, CA

#2 Oct 25, 2010
Maybe we would not need a raffle for schools if we weren't paying uneducated fire fighters over $200,000 a year! This is a shameful abuse of the taxpayers!! None of these guys rate a salary greater than $80,000 at best for what little it takes to be a hose jockey. How is this any different from the salary abuses we saw in the City of Bell? Answer: It is isn't!!!! Ask yourself: Did you vote to give DOUBLE SIX-FIGURE SALARIES TO FIRE FIGHTERS!!!

Employee Name MCCASLIN, MATTHEW A
Position FIRE BATTALION CHIEF
Regular pay 171519.91
Overtime pay 43401.46
Total pay 214921.37

Employee Name VENEZIO, MIKE R
Position FIRE BATTALION CHIEF
Regular pay 171178.91
Overtime pay 40213.2
Total pay 211392.11

Employee Name LUCCHESI, JOHN P
Position FIRE BATTALION CHIEF
Regular pay 171125.84
Overtime pay 24116.44
Total pay 195242.28

Employee Name RAMOS, MARK D
Position FIRE DIVISION CHIEF
Regular pay 166414.87
Overtime pay 17498.28
Total pay 183913.15

Employee Name GIGLIOTTI, DAVID F
Position FIRE CAPTAIN
Regular pay 139179.42
Overtime pay 43683.54
Total pay 182862.96

Employee Name GALLAGHER, PATRICK T
Position FIRE CAPTAIN
Regular pay 137861.92
Overtime pay 44631.83
Total pay 182493.75
False Philanthropist

United States

#3 Oct 25, 2010
Wow! Almost $400k (twice as much as Monte) and no need to close down a state park for the weekend.
been there

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Oct 25, 2010
Sell all the cars. If it works so well that might be a great idea. All but mine.
Shocked

Lafayette, CA

#5 Oct 25, 2010
The good old white boys' club, aka the fire department, pays pretty well doesn't it?!
Shocked

Lafayette, CA

#6 Oct 25, 2010
Wasn't the raffle and the Monte tied in together?
Town

San Leandro, CA

#7 Oct 25, 2010
Thank you to those who donated the vehicles.

Nice
jhamster

Mountain View, CA

#8 Oct 25, 2010
Shocked wrote:
Wasn't the raffle and the Monte tied in together?
No, they are two seperate fundraisers.
jhamster

Mountain View, CA

#9 Oct 25, 2010
It is a fantastic fundraiser. All money earned from ticket sales go directly to the schools who sold them. It's just too bad this is what people have to do to get money for public education.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Oct 25, 2010
Gives over $5700.00 to each school if divided equally.
Hmmm....do some get more than others??
Schools

Oakland, CA

#11 Oct 25, 2010
Wescruz wrote:
Gives over $5700.00 to each school if divided equally.
Hmmm....do some get more than others??
Each school keeps 100% of the proceeds from the raffle tickets they sell. What a school earns is directly the result of how
many tickets they sold.

It's an outstanding fundraiser - many thanks to the sponsors and the hard working volunteers involved.
Reality_Sucks

Palo Alto, CA

#12 Oct 25, 2010
jhamster wrote:
It is a fantastic fundraiser. All money earned from ticket sales go directly to the schools who sold them. It's just too bad this is what people have to do to get money for public education.
I think this is the way to get money for schools. This brings communities together
and for those who want more money to go to the schools, well here is your chance.
No need to raise the taxes of those who choose not to give more!! Just curious did you donate???
jhamster

Mountain View, CA

#13 Oct 25, 2010
Reality_Sucks wrote:
<quoted text>
I think this is the way to get money for schools. This brings communities together
and for those who want more money to go to the schools, well here is your chance.
No need to raise the taxes of those who choose not to give more!! Just curious did you donate???
Yes I did, and have done so every year that they have had this fundraiser. Why so curious?
jgolder

Walnut Creek, CA

#14 Oct 25, 2010
Very satisfying result, but don't ignore the fact that the time, gas, & expenses used by parents & kids to sell all those tickets is not reimbursed,(though expenses may be deductible).

Certainly there is prime material for some revealing lessons in sociology, statistics and probability.
look again

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Oct 25, 2010
jgolder wrote:
Very satisfying result, but don't ignore the fact that the time, gas, & expenses used by parents & kids to sell all those tickets is not reimbursed,(though expenses may be deductible).
Certainly there is prime material for some revealing lessons in sociology, statistics and probability.
ah, but it is richly reimbursed--by the sponsoring companies who allow each school to keep every single dollar collected for the drawing--thus allowing those same parents and children to have to spend more time, gas, and other expenses shilling gift wrap or cookie dough for a 50% return.

Thank you SOOOOO much to Charles Canfield, Toyota of Santa Cruz, Subaru of Santa Cruz and all the awesome businesses who donated their time, money, and prizes for this event! Patronize these businesses for their service to our communities!!
slightly salty

Sausalito, CA

#16 Oct 25, 2010
A very smart idea, as is collecting those receipt proof of purchases at Safeway for the schools.

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#17 Oct 25, 2010
Soquel Local wrote:
Maybe we would not need a raffle for schools if we weren't paying uneducated fire fighters over $200,000 a year! This is a shameful abuse of the taxpayers!! None of these guys rate a salary greater than $80,000 at best for what little it takes to be a hose jockey. How is this any different from the salary abuses we saw in the City of Bell? Answer: It is isn't!!!! Ask yourself: Did you vote to give DOUBLE SIX-FIGURE SALARIES TO FIRE FIGHTERS!!!
Then you list:
BATTALION CHIEF
FIRE DIVISION CHIEF
FIRE CAPTAIN

Yeah, these are simple "hose jockeys". FYI, they have to pass difficult exams on FIRE SCIENCE to get those positions.

I'll bet you are too much of a fat-assed wuss to get out of your Barcalounger, wear heavy gear and do heavy work near a hot fire and in hot weather (104 degrees during the Traubing fire) when most big fires are.

I'll bet you're out of your menial job at quittin' time or sooner, while those firefighters are EARNING overtime working 20 hours straight, sleeping a few hours on the ground and right back fighting the fire for days at a time.

I'll bet you're too chicken to run into a burning building and would pass out if you ever saw a mangled body ...

If you weren't such an ignorant pussy-boy, you'd be making those salaries instead of whining about them.

You and your ilk deserve to DIAF.
Senator Obiden

Morgan Hill, CA

#19 Oct 25, 2010
Wait, raffles are gambling and gambling is illegal in CA. Only non-profits are allowed to have raffles, and 90% of the proceeds must go to the charity. The raffle must be registered with the state attorney general's office, and there aren't any schools listed. Public schools I don't think are non-profits. Not knocking the schools' ability to get more money for their needs, but perhaps this isn't the right or legal way to do it. Just wondering..
Soquel Local

Hollister, CA

#20 Oct 25, 2010
commenter2001 wrote:
<quoted text>
Then you list:
BATTALION CHIEF
FIRE DIVISION CHIEF
FIRE CAPTAIN
Yeah, these are simple "hose jockeys". FYI, they have to pass difficult exams on FIRE SCIENCE to get those positions.
I'll bet you are too much of a fat-assed wuss to get out of your Barcalounger, wear heavy gear and do heavy work near a hot fire and in hot weather (104 degrees during the Traubing fire) when most big fires are.
I'll bet you're out of your menial job at quittin' time or sooner, while those firefighters are EARNING overtime working 20 hours straight, sleeping a few hours on the ground and right back fighting the fire for days at a time.
I'll bet you're too chicken to run into a burning building and would pass out if you ever saw a mangled body ...
If you weren't such an ignorant ****-boy, you'd be making those salaries instead of whining about them.
You and your ilk deserve to DIAF.
You forgot to list which fire house you "work" at but give me a break. Any idiot can be a fire fighter and there is a long line of "qualified" applicants. Difficult test? Are you kidding me? I have friends who are fire fighters and even they admit the complete lack of intelligence of most of their brethren. The overtime is unnecessary and shows poor management by the battalion chiefs. As for these "fires", they are very few and far between and do not justify a salary of any more than $60,000 and $80,000 for the chiefs. Sorry but that is reality and I can completely restaff every fire house in Santa Cruz County at half the salaries being paid in six weeks. As for my salary, I make more than any of the grossly overpaid battalion chiefs and the difference between me and them is that I have to produce or I lose my job. As for bravery of running into a burning building, try stupidity.
been there

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Oct 25, 2010
slightly salty wrote:
A very smart idea, as is collecting those receipt proof of purchases at Safeway for the schools.
That was very sneaky. That promise of no cost to me if they can have the lower part of my Safeway receipt. I was in a rush and said OK, then my next bill had a mysterious charge. Hopefully it will go far; because I believe in the rule- Fool me once, shame one me. Try to fool me twice; sorry!

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