Santa Monica Observer - Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Incredibly Overpaid Santa Monica Police and Firemen Endorse City Council Incumbents

"Local 1109 are proud to support the following candidates for City Council in 2018: Kevin McKeown Sue Himmelrich Pam O'Connor Greg Morena."

 

September 27, 2018

I can pretty much guarantee this police officer makes more than you do

Santa Monica employs very well qualified police and fire personnel. It's an open secret that Santa Monica Police and Fire fighters are also the most overpaid first responders in the world.

It's not unusual at all for a Policeman to make $100,000 a year. The chief of police makes more than $350,000 a year. 100 Santa Monica employees make more than $300,000 a year (!!!), and 20 of them are Police Officers.

It will probably not surprise you to learn that "the Santa Monica Police Officers' Association (SMPOA) and the Santa Monica Firefighters (SMFF), Local 1109 are proud to support the following candidates for City Council in 2018: Kevin McKeown Sue Himmelrich Pam O'Connor Greg Morena." The SMRR candidates in other words. Vote for the old same old same old

The problem with overpaying employees at City Hall, is that there is never enough money to pay them all, and their exorbitant pensions. The City is therefore forced to approve development project after development project, in order to increase the tax base. The City's main North South artery, Lincoln Blvd, is now undriveable because of all the projects approved on Lincoln in the last 5 years. But I digress.

The press release is below

PUBLIC SAFETY ENDORSEMENTS FOR CITY COUNCIL

September 25, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Police Officers' Association (SMPOA) and the Santa Monica Firefighters (SMFF), Local 1109 are proud to support the following candidates for City Council in 2018: Kevin McKeown Sue Himmelrich Pam O'Connor Greg Morena

The guy who cleans fountains in front of City Hall is paid $105,000 a year. plus full medical and dental, and free preschool for his kids.

Santa Monica City Council members McKeown, Himmelrich and O'Connor have consistent track records of voting on issues that favor community safety and ensure the highest quality of emergency services. Throughout their terms, all three Council Members have voted to increase public safety staffing in response to the significant rise in demands placed on the Police and Fire Departments. In addition, McKeown, Himmelrich and O'Connor have also voted to provide needed emergency vehicles, equipment, and facilities to ensure that Santa Monica residents continue to receive the high quality of public safety services they have come to expect. The Santa Monica Police Officers' Association and the Santa Monica Firefighters, Local 1109 are also excited to endorse candidate Greg Morena. A life-long Santa Monican, local business owner and great family man, we feel he will bring a needed perspective to City Hall. Greg Morena has demonstrated that he has the leadership necessary to prioritize the public safety needs of Santa Monica, and will be able to make informed decisions regarding the health and safety of Santa Monica residents and visitors.

The Santa Monica Police Officers' Association and the Santa Monica Firefighters, Local 1109 urge Santa Monica voters to vote YES on Measure SMS - Santa Monica Classroom Repair and 21st Century Education Bond. We feel it is imperative to improve our school's safety & security systems, as well as upgrading and repairing aging facilities so that our children have a safe place to thrive and develop into young, productive individuals.

Additionally, SMPOA & SMFF, Local 1109 are also proud to support and re-elect Ben Allen for California State Senator representing the 26th District, and Richard Bloom as State Assembly member representing the 50th Assembly District.

 

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