I don’t often link to the Alameda Sun that much anyway, it’s become a bit, tedious, but OMG, what a response from Planning Board President Mike Henneberry to Eric Cross. So just to recap, in case you weren’t following the drama, Eric Cross sent in a letter to the editor a (late-ish) complaint about the public safety contract that was approved by three of the five City Council members, including fiscal conservative Frank Matarrese. Actually, in reading it again, he wasn’t complaining about public safety in general, he was specifically just upset about the Firefighters even though the Police Department got the same deal and set up.
Anyway, Mike Henneberry decided to tackle the topic head first and — at the same time — identified one of the members of the infamous Peets Coffe Klatch which, I am assuming, no longer meets at Peets anymore.
From Mike Henneberry’s piece:
It was great to see the party line from the Alameda morning coffee gang on the Alameda Sun’seditorial page (“Let’s Be Clear on Union’s Influence,” May 28). Eric Cross put to paper what he and his fellow caffeine fans have been muttering around Alameda’s finest coffee hangouts, and occasionally pontificating at City Council for years, now in one easy-to-read document.
What transpired in bargaining between the city and the firefighters, the police officers and fire and police management and authorized by the City Council is illuminating and totally different than the narrative spun by Cross and his comrades. All bargaining units increased their contributions to CALPERS and agreed to prefund retiree medical obligations.
The parties agreed to these changes not because the city is running a deficit or is in financial trouble but to make sure the city can weather future economic storms. You would think this would be cause for celebration in conservative corners. The changes were not celebrated because they don’t meet with the treasurer, auditor and Coffee Party’s narrative. Public safety is supposed to be corrupt and self-serving not well reasoned and forward thinking.
After considering the above, keep in mind that three years ago our financial officers predicted bankruptcy for the city.
The last line is a doozy as well:
Cross attacks respect for public safety as “hero worship.” Maybe he should consider the reasons why kids aspire to be firemen and not bankers.