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Monday, May 25, 2009 | This budget crisis like many negative situations has our leaders pointing the finger at each other instead of focusing on solving problem. The mayor’s office almost seems to be in an embattled state of mind these days. Blaming everyone when they goof up or when they fail to practice the art of seeking input from stakeholders and other inclusion based approaches.

In regards to city employee labor contracts, promises and commitments, yes we have a budget crisis that must be solved. But I disagree with the current method being employed to address this complex problem.

If there are two departments within the city of San Diego that are positive role models for dedication and commitment, integrity and professionalism, it has to be our Fire and Police Departments. Consistently corruption free and highly efficient both departments are considered among the very best in the entire nation. Neither department however is among the best paid when compared to others in the San Diego county region or California for that matter.

Our Fire and Police Departments are the front line of defense here at home and consistently do a great job at ensuring our high quality of life. Why then do we thank them by taking away pay and benefits? Where is our commitment to them? Do we really think we’re going to retain or recruit the very best by treating veteran officers and fire persons in this manner?

Don’t cry when we chase out the best and brightest and complain when low quality service becomes the norm. This is short term thinking. I thought this city was better than that?

Believe me, I will not be shy about telling you “I told you so”.

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