Cities, school districts try to balance budgets
South Bay cities and school districts continued to feel the effects of the recession this year as they struggled to operate in the black.
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#1 Dec 26, 2010
Ultimately, the town filled most of an $8.7 million budget gap with significant wage concessions from city employees.
Wow...what a stroke of genius that was!!
Did it appear to someone in a dream???
#2 Dec 26, 2010
Government unions should be illegal.
They are a conflict of interest, and they’re probably the closest thing to a legalized mafia we have here in the US.
It’s extremely difficult to get rid of a bad government worker; and once they have acquired any kind of seniority (5 years or so), it’s almost impossible.
So once they’re on the public payroll, they remain a millstone around the taxpayer’s neck as long as they live.
And these ‘freely negotiated contracts’ are often put in place by people who have made inside deals—sort of a ‘you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scra tch-yours’ arrangement.
The suckers paying the tax bill usually have no clue what’s going on.
‘Public servant’? I’ve known a few good ones, but the term is rapidly becoming an oxymoron.
A ‘public servant’ worthy of the name is efficient and conscientious about both their job performance and the tax dollars they are spending.
The quality of their work speaks for itself.
They don’t view their position as a vehicle for oppression or revenge against businesses or other members of the public.
Someone like that doesn’t need to hide behind a government union.
I think it’s the bad apples (and the mediocre) that benefit the most from the protection of government unions.
And that’s what is bankrupting so many city governments.
#3 Dec 26, 2010
Torrance school system use to be the big draw for families to this city. But no more, the school district is not what it use to be. Not an attraction any more.
#4 Dec 29, 2010
TaxNoMore is correct. With regards to education, it is VERY apparent. Once teachers reach a certain level, no matter how they wanna sugar-coat it, they are untouchable. At that level, their effort plateaus...
Think of right now. We have tons of teachers currently un-/under-employed. Imagine if all those people were working. They'd be working under the "probationary" status (as opposed to "permanent"). How much effort would you see if teachers and their employment were potentially under review? We'd have teachers going the extra mile, teachers who arrive early and go home late. Teachers would have to have the passion/burning desire. We don't see that in our schools today.
Teachers come/go in a business-as-usual sort of way. You don't see extra effort being put forth. They still trudge around campus, they still have the same curriculum plans (i.e. nothing new/exciting), etc. Why?
Because they are "permanent". They know, based solely on Years of service in the district, how endangered/not endangered they are... e.g. if they are 15+ years, they are very content in their employment status.
As I said, if you had probationary teachers (which BTW, there are probably none in TUSD), imagine the effort level. And compare it to what you see now.
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