EDITOR: My thanks to The Press Democrat for keeping the issue of county pensions in the public limelight ("The tricks and gimmicks that pad pensions," Editorial, Tuesday). Our current county supervisors must understand that they were elected as gatekeepers and guardians of the public welfare. It is now their duty to undo the misdeeds and mistakes that have gotten us into this unsustainable fiscal dilemma. Drastic change is needed to right our sinking ship and to install effective checks and balances to prevent such fiscal shenanigans in the future.
It is most disappointing that past elected officials, such as former Supervisor Mike Kerns and former Auditor-Controller Rod Dole, have greatly profited at the taxpayer's expense — and continue to reap the reward of their spiked pensions. Foxes have been guarding the henhouse. It's time for a change.
<b>SR Plaza parking</b>
EDITOR: Honestly, for a mall representative to say "there haven't been any problems" with the new pay-for-parking system is ridiculous ("Mall starts pay for parking," Wednesday). I was there Monday evening for under an hour, and I saw several problems in that short time.
There was a backup of cars to get into the garages and a backup to get out. I saw two cars that couldn't back out of their parking slots because cars were stacked waiting. Two people of the four in front of me needed the attendant's help, while a third had to get out of his car to insert the ticket. What if you don't have a debit or credit card to pay to get out? I'd be ticked if I had to pay more because I was waiting with my car idling just to get out.
I hate the idea of paying for parking when I'm at the mall to spend money, and I will look for ways to avoid spending my money there during the holiday season when these situations will be even worse.
Why not set aside an area on the third level for downtown employees and charge a reasonable monthly rate?