Defined benefit plans were created to assure that after a career serving the public and risking their lives for others, firefighters had a secure and dependable retirement income. Public employees have frequently forfeited pay raises to improve and protect their retirement benefits. They earn less during their careers, but receive good pension benefits that are guaranteed. This protects employees and family members in their retirement years.
At the Save the Lakes meeting Monday morning at 9:30 there was standing room only. Chairs were brought into the Ahwatukee Recreation Center main hall for many homeowners eager to hear anything positive about the ongoing debacle between Mr. Gee and the homeowners themselves.
The current pension/spiking system is broken. You are seeing less services, and higher fee and tax increases because of the broken pension system. Less police officers on our streets, less services for our seniors, fewer library hours, and cuts to after school programs — and it will be getting worse. Phoenix recently instituted a new water tax in order to cover the pension costs. Last year, pension spiking was over $19 million of our budget. An additional increase of $18 million just to cover pension costs was in the budget. City staff has already forecast an additional $18 million to cover pension costs for next year.
In the opinion pages of the Aug. 29 Arizona Republic, readers were told for the second time in August about the growing gang problems in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, problems that have spread beyond Salt River and into the East Valley and beyond. Gangs have long been a problem there and continue to grow in boldness. Last May gangsters murdered a Salt River police officer across the street from an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood. Attacks on police and community members are all too common.
After watching and reading about the state treasurer’s debate I thought to myself that with ex-Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman’s line of “bull” he should be selling used cars. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/08/treasurer-candidates-get-loud-debate/12393627/.
It’s hard to believe that approximately 20 years ago, a home demo called “Shine” shot straight up the charts and launched a little-known group from Stockbridge, Ga., called Collective Soul. From there, it was all a blur.
Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. marks the biggest canine adoption event in northern Arizona: The Rescue Roundup. This year, the event will be at the Flagstaff City Hall Front Lawn. The purpose of the event is to educate the public about adopting animals from shelters and rescue organizations. More than 40 different rescues, shelters and vendors will be on hand to explain, promote and demonstrate canine care.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?