Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Biting the hand.....

According to a fellow named Dan at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Councilman Steve Herfert is feeling sick these days.

And no, it has nothing to do with him being out of shape, or horrid blond dye seeping into his skull. It has to do with an $8 million deficit in the city budget and the fact the city may start paying full medical benefits to to public safety, such as cops and firefighters.

I may or may not agree with that. I haven't made up my mind; all I know is my wife works at a University and her medical care is completely covered by her employer, but when we got married, we had to pay for myself and our kids. However, that sum was EXTREMELY low. Hey, my wife and I push papers around all day. What the guys do for the police and fire departments is much harder, I'm sure.

Whether you agree with the contract is not exactly the point of this rant. It has more to do with the fact that the police and fire departments ENDORSED Steve Herfert in the last election. Cops were even going door-to-door wearing polo shirts with embroidered badges dropping off his material. But not only that, they went on full-scale attack mode against Herfert's opponent/nemesis Councilman Roger Hernandez in the last days of the election.

Now, I don't mind Herfert's stance at all with regard to the benefits of public safety, but I do fault him for saying "I felt kind of sick when I saw the contract," after they worked so hard to get his sorry ass elected.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

No gasin' and boozin' in West Covina

In a complete surprise turn of events, the City Council shot down a proposal to repeal an ordinance that prohibits the sale of alcohol at gas stations.

What? The City Council listened to the residents for once?

I know. I was shocked, too.

Councilman Mike Touhey requested the proposal the same night his client, McIntyre Companies, won approval to build a brand-new gas station. After hearing a bunch of people speak against it, four members of the City Council rejected it at a special meeting, to which Touhey did not attend.

Oh my, my, my. Is there a breaking in the ranks? I seriously doubt it. I just figured the three members of the council who always seem to sway Touhey's way finally realized that VOTERS put them in office in the first place.

Good job thinking for yourselves, guys. I hope it didn't hurt your head too much.