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.