Working for peanuts


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWith all that extra revenue (plus the $47 million in savings from the mayor’s cost-cutting and efficiency efforts), it seems like there might be a little extra this year. There isn’t. And unless Villaraigosa actually lives up to his promise to get tough with the overindulged City Hall unions and keep the total increase in payroll and benefit costs below the rate of inflation, there won’t be any money to solve the city’s problems next year or anytime soon. As always, Villaraigosa talks a good game, but his budget dance looks a lot like the smoke-and-mirrors deceits of his failed predecessor in the Mayor’s Office. It’s a basic one-two step – revenue goes up, service goes down. The revenue increases get more than absorbed by the costs of payroll and benefits for city staffers. There nothing left for service. Worse, there’s apparently even less, thus a massive hike in trash fees is sought to hire some badly needed cops. Voters are tired of this never-ending tango. It’s time the taxpaying public was treated better than the animals at the zoo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s $6.7 billion spending plan for next fiscal year comes with a promise of little new other than a few more cops on the streets in exchange for a trash-fee hike. The three elephants at the zoo did better, getting $39 million for a new home. What’s shocking about the city budget is that there’s 11 percent more revenue – $600 million more – than the current budget year, thanks to soaring tax revenue. So what new and great programs or services will the public get for its money? Peanuts, really, which the elephants might like, but the human denizens have a right to expect more. last_img read more

COMMUNITY PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS BY POWER CUTS


first_imgIT’S A part of the county always hit by power cuts on Christmas Day.But unfortunately Christmas came early this evening for many people in the Ballyare and Ramelton areas – with a major power outage.Homes in the area lost power for more than 40 minutes before being restored at 6.40pm. Local people say the outage began with power being reduced so that just dim lights worked in their homes – but all other electrical appliances failed.This was followed by a complete outage.“We just hope this is not a sign of things to come,” said one Donegal Daily reader (via her smartphone).Another reader complained: “This is the second time this month. Starting to worry about the Christmas dinner again. Know any hotels open?” There were later reports that the electricity was out in Rathmullan.COMMUNITY PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS BY POWER CUTS was last modified: December 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COMMUNITY PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS BY POWER CUTSlast_img read more