UPDATE: Our dear friend and fellow SLOB, Left Coast Rebel, was published in “The Daily Caller”. He was discussing the situation in Bell, CA (also mentioned in my piece below). This is an important story, so please check it out: Ringing the bell at the top: Paging Chris Christie
Dear Readers: In my 18-months of citizen activism, I don’t think I have been as angry as I was this morning after reading this story (which made the front page of the San Diego Union Tribune today). And I have been plenty angry.
Tragedy renews sales-tax debate
Rate hike would end policy of ‘brownouts’
A proposed sales tax increase for the city of San Diego was going nowhere just two weeks ago, but the tragic choking death of a 2-year-old boy has given city leaders a newfound sense of urgency and possibly enough support to put the proposal on the November ballot.
The City Council will decide Tuesday whether to ask voters if they want a half-cent sales-tax increase that would raise an estimated $103 million annually and erase a budget deficit that forced the city to cut many basic services, most notably the decision for “brownouts” that idle up to eight fire engines a day to save on overtime.
Bentley Do choked on a gum ball and died Tuesday night. City paramedics didn’t arrive at his Mira Mesa home until 9½ minutes after receiving the 911 call. Authorities said the delay in response was due to the city’s brownout plan although it’s impossible to know whether Bentley would have survived had paramedics arrived sooner.
While the boy’s death has brought renewed focus on firefighter and paramedic response times, it remains to be seen whether there are enough votes on the eight-member council — six are required — to place the sales-tax measure on the ballot.
I grieve for the loss of Bentley Do, and my prayers go for his spirit and my sympathies to his family. However, the assertion that we San Diegans are not paying enough in taxes for proper emergency services is contemptible, cynical, atrocious, and insulting. What we need is pension reform, enhanced efficiencies, and curtailing the bureaucratic waste in this city.
My fellow San Diegans — are we to be guilt-tripped by this accident into feeding more money to the government beast? Once again, “the children” are being used an an excuse to take more control of our lives.
Imagine if our city leaders showed so much aggressive initiative and imagination in actually resolving the city’s fiscal problems!
I find the timing of this very suspicious. The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, Richard Rider, Stop Taxing Us, and other citizen groups had successfully been pushing back on the sales-tax proposal for the past several weeks. In fact, Mayor Sanders recently backed off in pursuing this idea. But it seems public employee service union leadership and big government bureaucrats never rest in their desire to obtain more of our wealth.
We need to contact the San Diego City Council and Mayor, today, and inform them that we do not intend to be another Bell, California, where the top government workers earn close to one million dollars annually while the average citizen earns under $30,000/year. Here is the list:
District 1 Councilmember Sherri Lightner
District 2 Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer
District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria
District 4 Councilmember Tony Young
District 5 Councilmember Carl DeMaio
District 6 Councilmember Donna Frye
District 7 Councilmember Marti Emerald
District 8 Council President Ben Hueso
City Administration Building
202 C St., 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 236-6330
Fax: (619) 236-7228
Email the Office of the Mayor:
One final note, which is related. In the Shirley Sharrod Show this week, I found the most disturbing aspect uncovered by Andrew Breitbart was her attitude that federal government employees could not be fired, and Sharrod made it seem that government jobs were easy money. She showed no evidence that she wanted to serve the public — she wants the public to serve her. I have news for all government employees — the only one entitled to my money is me. I don’t mind paying a fair amount of tax for sensible community services and national defense. However, we are now at confiscatory levels — with a promise of more taxes on the horizon. I refuse to be persuaded by the egregious use of tragedies that more of my blood, sweat and tears need to be confiscated by government.
Ultimately, Breitbart did us a service that may not have been his initial intention. The elite media has been decrying the lack of “context” in the tapes of Sharrod’s NAACP speeches — but failed to purse any “context” investigation in the lies about Tea Parties. The hypocritical double-standard the elite media uses has never been more transparently clear. I am sure Andrew Breitbart and his team would appreciate words of support, so please contact him here so that you can let him know how vital his efforts have been: CONTACT ANDREW BREITBART, click here.