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  1. MH

    September 11, 2015 @ 4:48 am MH

    September Daily Scream is here. Hot enough for ya?? Scream about it…

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    • October 15, 2015 @ 11:21 am Chris

      Haven’t seen anything in the local press about the strike by SEIU that shut down the JFK Library yesterday. So the library is shut down by a union strike and it is NOT newsworthy in this town?! One of the largest public buildings in town, right next to City Hall, is closed due to a union action and not a peep?! Amazing failure of local journalists. The article in the T-H a week ago doesn’t count. The strike was a reality yesterday and nothing is reported?!

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      • October 15, 2015 @ 6:29 pm wharf rat

        The TH hasent discovered we have a County Government yet , perhaps one of these years when they change the Fair photo on the front page they will discover it ?.

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      • October 15, 2015 @ 9:10 pm Chris

        For the second day in a row the JFK Library, the main Vallejo library, was CLOSED due to a labor action by SEIU members. Most other l brary branches in and around Vallejo were supposedly OPEN–interesting. And this is happening on the day before and the day of the end of the income tax filing extension period. So citizens and residents who might have used the library computers to deal with their taxes were unable to do so at the JFK. Interesting timing, probably NOT a coincidence, but calculated to do some real harm to some people in this town.

        Since most people who use the library computers have diminished personal resources, THOSE are the people involved in the cynical calculation by local SEIU leadership and members.
        Nice, isn’t it?

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      • October 15, 2015 @ 9:35 pm Chris

        Today (Thursday) is the second consecutive day that the JFK Library, Vallejo’s main library, was closed due to the SEIU membership labor action. Other library branches in Vallejo were open.
        It is no coincidence that this action was timed for the day before–and the final day–of the income tax extension period. So citizens, residents and taxpayers who would use the library’s computers to get their taxes done were unable to do so at the main library–or, of course, for any other purpose. Closed means closed.

        Tough luck, folks. This is the enormous problem with public unions.

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  2. September 11, 2015 @ 5:06 pm Clean Waterways

    If you are concerned about the Orcem Cement Factory, and want more information, our neighborhood association is holding a public meeting this Monday night, September 14th 2015 at the Joseph Room at 7pm. For more information see the following link:
    https://stvincentshill.nextdoor.com/even

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  3. September 17, 2015 @ 5:11 am bob Woolery, DC

    A little light on the underwater parking garage: It appears that the PE who signed off on the Civil engineering plans is a City employee, and the City has chosen to self-insure for errors and omissions. Thus there is no claim to be made regarding this monumental fiasco. There will have to be either a hydrocarbon stripper built near the garage, or a pipeline laid to the central treatment plant. The current system of rented bulk tanks and tank trucks will surely cost more than either in the long run.
    Not only has the individual in question Not been fired, I’m told he is head of the department. And you thought that the School District was incompetent!

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    • September 22, 2015 @ 8:30 am Anon

      If a hydrocarbon stripper was used (?), then the collected water could be directed right back into MI straight? Is a hydrocarbon stripper anything more than a filter? The technology exists, how expensive would such a filter be? If the city chose to re-direct the water to the central treatment plant can’t they just connect to a sewer line already in place? Same line that the downtown is using? The collected water from the parking garage can’t be worse than the sewer can it?

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      • September 29, 2015 @ 1:30 am bob Woolery, DC

        Hydrocarbon contaminated water can be treated, but gasoline interferes with sewage plant operation. Apparently there is a unit at our treatment plant suitable for treating the tidal groundwater pumped out of the garage sumps. A mile or so of pipeline doesn’t seem insurmountable, but if that’s too tough, a local unit, sized for high groundwater flows (Please!) could be constructed close to the Garage.

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  4. September 21, 2015 @ 10:23 pm tramky

    Wow! Someone finally SAID IT! The disastrous parking garage on Mare Island Way has been a physical and financial blight on this town–right on its vaunted waterfront–from day one. If the City is self-insured on this, then the City should get the lawsuit–millions of dollars of judgement will bankrupt the City for the second time.

    There must be an investigation into the history & background of the design & engineering of the parking structure, particularly the most basic stuff–geology, hydrology, all the things that existed and exist UNDER the concrete.

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    • September 22, 2015 @ 9:57 am Anonymous

      That would be the City Public Works HEAD Engineer before the current one. He was the one in charge over that project the entire time.

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    • September 22, 2015 @ 10:50 am wharf rat

      Anyone remember who the firm that provided project management was ? there were also private engineering firms in the mix , with all these (profesionals) on board how was something so basic missed ? we can presume they were all insured and bonded
      as per sop ..

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    • September 22, 2015 @ 5:07 pm Anon

      https://frtr.gov/matrix2/section4/4-46.html
      The cost to clean the water appears to be somewhere between $4-$23 per 10,000 gals. That cost does not seem to equate the rhetoric of ” disastrous” and “fiasco”?

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      • September 22, 2015 @ 7:18 pm wharf rat

        wadr those numbers are a fantasy , the cost of utilities would be much more , the petrolium contamination is aged and probably a mix of gasoline and fuel (heating) oil . There were pre double containment / EPA gas tanks associated with gas stations in the area , and most of the older buildings used heating oil for comfort heat . Some of these tanks leaked for decades , removal did not start until the 80’s , air stripping would do little for this mix of aged fuels ,
        bio-remeadiation however would, and mostly underground with almost no footprint visable .
        In a previous life I assisted with the bio-remeadiation of 1.5 million gallons of hydrocarbon contaminated ground water under a Safeway store the plume/site was cleaned and signed off in 9 months start to finish ! the visual impacts were 2 conex boxes and a 5,000 gal poly tank ”all screened from view” the store experienced no impacts at all , the cost was 1/4 of any industrial process available at the time , the property owner was so happy he cut bonus checks for everyone on our crew , this was 20 years ago and was acheivable technology for the time — 20 years ago !!
        the quantity and capacity of the green baker tanks at the parking structure suggests we are ”fighting the tide” a ”loosing proposition” in all respects . A sub- grade project was a mistake on a tide influenced site , can it be fixed – yes – will it be expensive- yes will it be less cost in the long run – yes – do politics preempt reason and sound Engineering – yes – has ”free” money cost us way too much – yes …… Nuff said ….

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        • September 22, 2015 @ 9:24 pm Anon

          So what is your estimate per 10,000 gals?

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          • September 23, 2015 @ 12:15 am wharf rat

            Dont know , have been out of the Industry for 20 + years , mainly due to ethics … Seems some Companys care little about their customers outcome’s , this is not new science to Vallejo ! Our sewage treatment plant uses a simular technology , Bio – treatment is Mother Natures gift and it works .. Certain Bacteria like to eat hydrocarbons , given oxygen , carbon and NPK fertilizer they thrive and eat 24/7 …. These specific bacteria were gathered from deep sea vents by ROV’s well below Human diving depth .. Further reinforcing that the deep Ocean depths hold more answers than the vacuum of space …. A good beer is a bio-engineering outcome as is vinegar or wine …
            we are mere Children in the natural world , with generations of learning to do ….

  5. September 24, 2015 @ 8:59 am Anon

    You say you don’t know but you do say the numbers from the link are “pure fantasy”? Hmmmmm

    According to you:
    ” this is not new science to Vallejo ! Our sewage treatment plant uses a simular technology , Bio – treatment is Mother Natures gift and it works .. Certain Bacteria like to eat hydrocarbons , given oxygen , carbon and NPK fertilizer they thrive and eat 24/7″

    Why not run a lateral connection from the collection point to an existing sewer line and use “Natures gift” (“and it works”)? If the proven technology is being used today and the infrastructure (sewer lines) are already in place to deliver the contaminated (?) ground water, what is so hard or expensive?

    It looks like the “contamination” is a red herring and the real blister that bothers you is the very existence of the parking structure. Get over it.

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    • September 24, 2015 @ 11:04 am wharf rat

      The contaminated ground water was origionaly sent into the sanitary sewer system , this exceded the permited capacity of the treatment plant to recieve, resulting in an elevated plant discharge of hydrocarbons to the Mare Island Straights . The biomass plant is engineered and operated to digest and treat municipal sewage not high hydrocarbon waste water . Sellected bacteria are used to digest hydrocarbons as are those used to digest municipal sewage . Interestingly the bacteria that perform well for digesting hydrocarbons were found at very deep sub sea vents with hydrocarbon rich vent discharge’s , these were propogated and studied by UC biologists and then made available to industry for remeadiation uses . This technology proved to be so effective that many ”environmental” firms
      avoided it’s use due to a reduction of clean up project costs that reduced their income ! EPA never realy enforced their ”best acheievable technology” mandate in the superfund law due to industry pressures . So yes you are right! we have a giant bio-reactor that is the treatment plant yet cant harness the same technology to manage the garage discharge . Thinking caps please !!!…

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      • September 24, 2015 @ 2:40 pm Anon

        So I am right but still need a “thinking cap”? I would love to know if, it was untreated, what the actual effect on MI straight would be? For years Sandy Beach residents discharged ‘everything’ directly into the straights without any noticeable effects. How bad can contaminated rain water and naturally occurring ground water be?

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        • September 24, 2015 @ 5:09 pm wharf rat

          The contamination is mainly from fuel tanks that leaked, some for decades , both Gasoline and heating fuel are prevelent in the soil and ground water in the downtown area . There were also historical releases on the waterfront proper , these conditions are suposed to be investigated before development is even considered . As far as an appropriate level of contaminant discharge goes , it is determined by State and Federal regulations / laws not local governments .

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          • September 24, 2015 @ 8:14 pm Anon

            I was here when the city leveled the hill behind old Levee’s. I cannot remember a single gas station anywhere downtown

  6. September 26, 2015 @ 6:48 pm Anonymous

    Check out this San Francisco Association of Realtors. Bias against Vallejo. Click on the other cities in Solano County, and you will get those cities; click on Vallejo, and you are taken to Alameda County or Napa County. How is that possible?

    http://www.sfrealtors.com/US/Neighborhood/CA/Solano-County.html

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    • September 27, 2015 @ 11:25 pm tramky

      No problem finding Vallejo in the site. Better have another look.

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      • September 29, 2015 @ 10:23 am Anonymous

        Hahahaha… Soooooo, North Vallejo neighborhood north of I-37 is called “Madigan” … never heard of that name for that part of town. Who did that? And the Six Flags popup link actually says “Africa USA Park” … really? Just two examples of the incompetence of the SF realtor people. Must have been a rush job to put that together after the Alameda County “programming error” was noticed.

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  7. September 27, 2015 @ 10:29 am curious

    gracie’s and java jack’s were both gas stations at one time. there might have been more that i don’t remember.

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    • September 28, 2015 @ 11:39 am Anon

      The location would be appropriate for service stations. Were they there after 1960?

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  8. September 27, 2015 @ 11:15 pm tramky

    Ha! Discovery Kingdom doesn’t refer to Vallejo; it is the single largest public draw attraction to Vallejo. Their advertising and PR materials locate Discovery Kingdom as being in the San Francisco/Sacramento area. Yes, Sacramento! Discovery Kingdom is a fun place for kids; Vallejo decidedly is not.

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  9. September 28, 2015 @ 12:30 pm wharf rat

    Look no further than this very site ! a community service beyond the pale .

    https://vibvallejo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/MV-01s.pdf

    There are two gas stations shown in this article (new construction at the time) many buildings built before 1930’s used fuel oil for heating they had underground or above ground fuel oil tanks . Many tanks were rivetted iron , then abandoned in place when Natural gas became available . All this was well known with a history in the 80’s of old tank removals as per the State of Ca UST/LUST program administered by our then Fire Marshal . When doing pre-construction or planning the best first stop is the local Senior Center .
    Before the parking structure was even concieved numerous maps and reports were public record re : downtown fuel or gas tanks many with a history of leaking , so the soil / groundwater contamination was a known . ”A wood shed moment if there ever was one”.

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  10. October 6, 2015 @ 7:49 am tramky

    Remember that no Vallejo City department heads actually LIVE in Vallejo, so they don’t really know this town like a long-time city resident and taxpayer would.

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  11. October 10, 2015 @ 2:11 pm Chris

    With the considerable interest expressed by a number of folks on this forum in local business, local loyalty and the like, here’s something else to look into:

    Local currency

    One example–and there are many others–are BerkShares, in the Berkshire Mountains area of Massachusetts. Here’s a link to the Website:

    http://www.berkshares.org/

    And this Wiki piece: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_currency

    Of course, don’t know if local merchants are sophisticated enough for this kind of endeavor.

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    • October 15, 2015 @ 6:38 pm wharf rat

      Speaking of the above does anyone remember MINSY MONEY ??

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      • October 22, 2015 @ 2:55 pm Chris

        wharf, what is your knowledge or memory of MINSY Money? Any idea of the timeframe?

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        • October 22, 2015 @ 5:23 pm wharf rat

          I think it was the 2’nd reduction in force (rif) as mandated by the BRAC commision , the workers fearing MI closure made rubber stamps and stamped all their paper money with ”MINSY MONEY” it demonstrated the circulation of MI payroll in the region . They became quite common , can remember having several at a time in my wallet (of course thats when I had money!)——-

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  12. October 15, 2015 @ 9:44 pm Chris

    Think there’s a big problem in the Calendar section–on October 17 there are things scheduled about town at 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM. And the Farmer’s Market begins at 4:00 PM? Really?!

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  13. October 21, 2015 @ 10:54 am Chris

    An October Daily Scream?

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  14. October 23, 2015 @ 6:37 am Anonymous

    Daniel Borenstein rips Vallejo on Tanner’s contract and CalPERS response to it ..

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/daniel-borenstein/ci_29009577/daniel-borenstein-city-managers-breathtaking-pension-spiking-gambit

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    • October 23, 2015 @ 1:38 pm Anonymous

      Public Sector Unions & Political Spending
      (Quote) According to information provided by Vallejo, California’s post-bankruptcy City Manager, Joseph Tanner, and as reported by George Will in a Sept. 11th, 2008 Washington Post column entitled “Pension Time Bomb,”“using fiscal 2007 figures, each of the 100 firefighters paid $230 a month in union dues and each of the 140 police officers paid $254 a month, giving their unions enormous sums to purchase a compliant city council.” If this is typical, it would equate to at least $2,750 per year in union dues for police and firefighters in California. Even if the Vallejo situation is far from typical, it’s probably accurate to estimate California’s public safety workers pay their unions at least $1,000 per year in union dues.

      http://civfi.com/2010/08/10/public-unions-political-spending/

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    • October 28, 2015 @ 1:07 pm Ben

      If PERS is the pension cop, we can only hope that the court of appeal will be sane enough to declare illegal the entire method by which spikes are permitted to be added to calculating the PERS retirement. It appears Mr. Tanner learned only too well to do exactly what everyone else manipulating the public retirement plan formula has done. If the state wants to really fix this out of control fleecing process it is the state legislature that needs to step in and do that. Funny, I don’t hear any candidate, Republican or Democrat, promising to do that.

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      • October 31, 2015 @ 2:24 pm Anon

        “Mr. Tanner learned…….” Complete baloney. He knew exactly, as a person with no moral compass, what he was doing. There is no employee in any City, anywhere, that had the premeditation of spiking that he demonstrated.

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        • November 21, 2015 @ 1:43 pm tramky

          Well, maybe, maybe not. There was the very real occurrence of a Vallejo police officer who, it may have been in 2007 or 2008, had a total compensation for whichever year of something like $430,000 or $450,000. That’s right, a police officer in Vallejo was paid almost a HALF-MILLION DOLLARS for one year! Multiple heads should have ROLLED for even letting that happen.

          ALL modes of what has come to be known at spiking must be eliminated. ALL pensions MUST be based solely upon base salary–and NOT include overtime, unused sick pay, unused vacation pay, or anything else of that kind.

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          • November 21, 2015 @ 5:29 pm Anon

            Are you saying that police officers pension was based on that years compensation? Again, if that is what you believe then I don’t think you could find your own @$$ with both hands.

          • November 22, 2015 @ 6:43 am John_K

            What he said was:

            ALL modes of what has come to be known at spiking must be eliminated.

            Pensions MUST be based solely upon base salary–and NOT include overtime, unused sick pay, unused vacation pay, or anything else of that kind.

          • November 22, 2015 @ 7:12 am Anon

            I agree with you, re: “what he said”. Are those two paragraphs supporting each other? Using a high single year compensation, because of working a great deal of overtime, is not “spiking”.

            The topic Tramky is referring to is about Calpers and Joe Tanners pension spiking. The officers compensation and Joe Tanners Calpers issue are not related. Are you suggesting that the officers pension will be based on his “overtime” he had to work to accumulate the $400,000+ 2007 (?) salary?

          • November 22, 2015 @ 8:47 am John_K

            Thankfully, the OT is not a factor in the retirement annuity, but there are many other additions to total compensation, many of which DO factor into spiking. It looks like you are more interested in picking apart a non-relevant component of Tramky’s comment than focusing on the main topic, which is spiking. Can you list the other components besides the officer’s base salary that WILL contribute to total compensation and spiking?

          • November 22, 2015 @ 10:16 am Anon

            John, Tramky clearly states ‘All pensions MUST be based Zooey upon base salary and NOT include overtime’. There is a clear inference that he thinks (or wants the uninformed to believe) that OT is part of the pension formula.

            Can I list the components? No. Why should I? Can you? Can you list the components you regard as spiking?

            Is Calpers as concerned with that officer and his pension formula as much as they are with Joe Tanner?

          • silasbarnabe

            November 22, 2015 @ 10:19 am silasbarnabe

            Ah but Dickie, Tramky was also correct, there are many allowances that are counted towards calculating pensions that are not based on salary. You are correct about overtime, but what about uniform allowances, educational allowances, sick sick leave, and other allowances the count towards public employee pensions?

          • November 22, 2015 @ 1:58 pm Anon

            Silas, you have got the employees where you want them. If there is an impasse, there is no binding arbitration and PS cannot strike. The CM is a favorite of Gomes and the VIB crowd. What is stopping you from doing it your way?

          • silasbarnabe

            November 22, 2015 @ 2:01 pm silasbarnabe

            @Anon (dickie) ? A corrupt council majority….

          • November 22, 2015 @ 2:55 pm anon

            Corrupt? Really. As in: “to destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery.” you have a linky or examples?

            The CM offers the contracts to council. The IAFF MOU (contract) in 2009 had a 2% salary reduction and not a raise for the last 5 years? Where is the corruption in that?

          • November 26, 2015 @ 9:34 am tramky

            At the time at least, overtime WAS included in the pension computation, and it was being manipulated by the unions to spike retirement calculations. Bu rather than going to prison for virtual theft from CalPers and the defenseless taxpayer, it was part of that little thing called collective bargaining and the laughed all the way to the bank.

            Now that the CalPers piper has to be paid, the whining continues unabated and the taxpayers will get most of the bill–or ALL of it if the unions bulldoze the City again.

          • silasbarnabe

            November 26, 2015 @ 10:12 am silasbarnabe

            Ah but Dickie, every year since then the city’s contribution for CALPERS went up and so did the city’s cost for medical raise, your “no raise in five e years” whining is as hallow as your logic. BTW the corrupt council majority also approves the CM’s contract do they not?

          • November 26, 2015 @ 12:43 pm anon

            Tramky, What decade is “At the time”?

            “At the time at least” sounds like a problem (if it was even true?) that is now history. Why dwell on something that is no longer (if it ever did happen?)?

            Do you even have one example (other than Joe Tanner)?

          • November 27, 2015 @ 9:35 am tramky

            The original note about the $400,000 cop included a date–2007. Spiking by the PSUs was rampant and well-known, and overtime manipulation was a huge part of it. Collective bargaining was and remains the key, since it is a secret process carried out behind closed doors under state law. And the result accounts for 80% of the City budget!

          • November 27, 2015 @ 9:53 am Anon

            I think you are completely wrong. Ask someone you trust? Ask Stephanie Gomes husband (he retired prior to 2007 and would have been subject to the formula you suspect allowed “spiking”) if his retirement computation included overtime?

          • November 27, 2015 @ 10:14 am John_K

            Is pension spiking still allowed in Vallejo? What additions to base salary are allowed be added to pensions?

          • November 27, 2015 @ 1:14 pm anon

            Pension spiking, sometimes referred to as “salary spiking”,[1] is the process whereby public sector employees grant themselves large raises or otherwise artificially inflate their compensation in the years immediately preceding retirement in order to receive larger pensions than they otherwise would be entitled to receive.

            If the employees contribution has been based on the “additions to base salary” for more years than those immediately preceding retirement then it is not “spiking” Overtime is not part of the computation

          • silasbarnabe

            November 27, 2015 @ 1:28 pm silasbarnabe

            My My Marc, four posts from the 27 posted before mine on the 26……

          • November 27, 2015 @ 2:42 pm John_K

            What additions to base salary are allowed be added to pensions?

          • November 28, 2015 @ 5:28 am anon

            Everything on the COV website in the HR portion that describes hourly rate salaries. Plus anything the Federal Govt tax code defines as income.

          • silasbarnabe

            November 29, 2015 @ 11:42 am silasbarnabe

            As usual Dickie is not forthcoming, look at the law passed to prevent pension spiking and it only applies to this hired after January 1, 2013. So many hired before are guilty of pension spiking.
            https://www.calpers.ca.gov/docs/forms-publications/pensionable-compensation.pdf

          • November 30, 2015 @ 3:35 pm anon

            Here is a data base. Who spiked their pay?

          • November 30, 2015 @ 3:36 pm anon

            http://transparentcalifornia.com

          • silasbarnabe

            December 1, 2015 @ 6:34 pm silasbarnabe

            Well Dickie, pension spiders would be identified by those that receive ed their pensions based on current in admissible items (in the link above) like uniform allowance would would include you correct?

          • December 2, 2015 @ 8:44 am Anon

            “Pension spiking is the practice of hiking a public employee’s pay, through a promotion or salary hike, just before the employee retires.”

            The above spiking definition does not apply to me. According to Calpers it applies to Joe Tanner.

            As far as I know, for the 30 years I received a uniform allowance, my employee pension contribution included that allowance in the formula for what I paid. That is not “spiking”.

          • silasbarnabe

            December 2, 2015 @ 5:54 pm silasbarnabe

            “PEPRA specifically excluded 13 types of pay that cannot be counted toward pensionable compensation, such as bonuses, vacation time, uniform allowances, overtime allowances, housing or transportation reimbursements, or any one-time or ad hoc payments.”

            Uniform allowances not pensionable according to the CALPERS circular letter in the link above.

          • December 3, 2015 @ 7:51 am anon

            You think that councilmen Pearsall and Sampayan were spiking their pensions? That would be because their uniform allowance was part of the formula to determine their 9% employee contribution that they paid for 30+ years? That is absolutely ridiculous.

  15. October 29, 2015 @ 11:08 am tramky

    What percentage of total California government employees covered by CalPers and are not or were not members of unions?

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  16. October 31, 2015 @ 8:35 am tramky

    Had occasion, for the first time, to go to the new CVS pharmacy, the new one with the Chick-fil-A off Admiral Callaghan near Home Depot. There were literally no parking spaces available, and driving through the parking lot to get out of there revealed the drive-thru line of cars runs right though–in front of and behind–one of the parking lanes in front of the Chick-fil-A! A dozen cars or so were lined up through the parking lot for the Chick-fil-A drive-thru.

    That was the first and last time I’ll be going into that little nightmare.

    It was the worst parking situation I have ever seen in a ‘shopping center’, wholly inadequate. How did this EVER get through Planning and design reviews?

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  17. November 1, 2015 @ 9:18 am tramky

    All those covered by the CalPers pension schemes were ‘public servants’. Public service now means serving yourself at public expense. You only live once, and the mantra of these public servants is to get in, get out, and get as much public money as possible. It’s just public money and there is no meaningful accountability.

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      • November 19, 2015 @ 12:43 am tramky

        Not sure what this 3-year-old article has to do with pensions and CalPers . . . apparently nothing. Changing the subject does not advance the dialogue, but it was good to be reminded of that nightmare.

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        • November 19, 2015 @ 8:29 am anon

          Tramky, if you cannot see the correlation between your rant re: “Public service now means serving yourself at public expense. You only live once, and the mantra of these public servants is to get in, get out, and get as much public money as possible.” and my bringing up an example of a “public servant”, that was in no way and example of your ‘public servant description. Then I doubt you can find your @$$ with both hands.

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          • November 19, 2015 @ 10:32 am tramky

            Lest we forget, in 1969 the police department in Vallejo–that is to say, the police union, the people with badges and guns–went out on STRIKE against the citizens, taxpayers and residents of Vallejo. During the City’s bankruptcy a few years ago the head of the police union famously stated before a packed City Council meeting, “we don’t care how many police officers you lay off, we want to be paid.”

            Serving as a police officer is a serious and often dangerous job–that is well understood and is accepted as part of the job. Bankrupting the City is not part of the job.

          • November 19, 2015 @ 11:46 am anon

            Then I will go back to my question to JD: How is a 5% DECREASE, in hourly salary, contributing to the pension cost increases or even your assertion that, the VPD decrease in salary, is helping bankrupt the city?

  18. MH

    November 1, 2015 @ 5:47 pm MH

    Moving to a seasonal Daily Scream. Enjoy..

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  19. November 6, 2015 @ 8:36 am Chris

    I received this warning notice from my Web Browser when trying to go to part of the White House website–yes, that White House:

    “You have asked Firefox to connect securely to click.mail.whitehouse.gov, but we can’t confirm that your connection is secure.
    Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site’s identity can’t be verified.”

    This is the ONLY site for which I have EVER received such a warning. Laughable if not so sad–and a lot worse than that. Amateur hacks.

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  20. November 26, 2015 @ 8:19 am curious

    today and every day I’m thankful for you, marc garman.

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