Wednesday, January 27, 2010

City Budget Ax Wielded By Unsteady Hands!

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Responding to the impending city budget shortfall the Corpus Christi City Council announced a series of draconian budget cuts reducing money for road repairs(what a joke considering the condition of our city's roads!)ending city park maintenance on already neglected city parks, cutting city jobs, cutting city employee pay, that is abysmally low already, by requiring employees to pay a higher percentage of their health insurance premiums,ending the city re-cycling program and other items.
Needless to say there was a loud, negative response.
Senior citizens ambushed Mayor Joe Adame and other city council members and made known their opposition to losing their senior centers and school children protested the closing of the re-cycling program.
The council quickly back tracked on some of these items but it is extremely telling of the priorities of this council and this mayor.
An article in the Caller/Times recently mentioned a $30 million plus "slush" fund being held back to pay out to companies in the hope of creating jobs. Many of these proposals were highly dubious and the idea of giving hundreds of thousands of dollars of city money to wealthy developers and businesses while cutting employees pay and benefits and closing and reducing vital services is embarrassing at the least.
The Port of Corpus Christi has been handing out their commissioners hefty pay raises and bonuses. Maybe some of that money should go to the City of Corpus Christi, the counties of Nueces and San Patricio for rent payment since the port is so profitable. Presently the Port is running an expensive propaganda TV ad campaign to try to improve their tawdry image.
As usual, something smells in city government.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

City Backs Down As Seniors Hit The Streets!

Don't throw out grandma!

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The City Council and the Mayor have been talking making up budget shortfalls caused by lower sales tax revenues due to the poor economy. They are ready to cut jobs, close some parks, pick up garbage once a week and other cuts.
Angered by the idea of their center closing a large group of senior citizens "ambushed" Mayor Joe Adame and some city council members recently outside the entrance to city hall. As a result plans to close at least one senior center were dropped!
An article in today's Caller/Times indicates the city has a fund of over $30 million accumulating since 2002 which was intended to be spread out to various businesses and other projects to help boost the local economy. Something seems very wrong with this picture.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bill White For Texas Guv

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Bill White has a contest going on to design his campaign poster. This is mine, a tongue-in-cheek effort to be sure.
I do plan on casting my vote for him most enthusiastically!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SUV'S Rolling Over In The News Today!

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Once again the local noon news featured two stories about SUV's rolling over in accidents. This is a nearly everyday occurrence. The widespread use of SUV's as family cars and high center of gravity station wagons is a disgrace. These vehicles are dangerous if people insist on driving them as a sports car or drag racer! They turn over much more easily than a normal passenger vehicle or truck.
SUV's are fuel inefficient and don't meet safety standards required on normal passenger vehicles.
Where is Ralph Nader when we need him?