• Smeagel4T

    More extremist debating. As a long time responsible Westminster resident, I can clearly see a combination of spending cuts AND tax increases are the responsible way forward in the near term. “My way or the highway” from either side is nothing more than a demonstration of immaturity.

    • LFOldTimer

      The difference is that Apple is not so stupid as to dig themselves a financial hole so deep that they’d have to charge $1000 for a phone that’s only worth $600. In fact, if they tried to do that they’d have to eventually fold up shop.

      But government always manages to live another day because they can stick their long fingers into the public treasure and grab more tax dollars.

      Anytime someone tries to compare government with private business it’s generally a flawed concept.

      • Smeagel4T

        LFOldTimer: “Anytime someone tries to compare government with private business it’s generally a flawed concept.”

        LFOldTimer: “In private business if you are fiscally irresponsible you go bankrupt and lose your company.” — Not exactly sure why anyone would make this comment if it was not meant to compare government with private business.

        • LFOldTimer

          When I said compare I meant to look for similarities. There are none unless you’re comparing government with Wall Street. Now granted, they share the same bed. I meant real ordinary everyday businesses that actually have to balance the books to stay alive as opposed to getting bailouts from Uncle Sugar. The businesses one finds on Main Street. The ones that provide 80% of the jobs for society’s producers.
          Sorry for your confusion.

  • LFOldTimer

    Well, what do you expect?

    Go read the bios of the council – all have either been elected and reelected multiple times to the Westminster council or are life-long government workers.

    If you want competent fiscal management you don’t reelect those who got you into the mess in the first place or elect those from an industry that is notorious for fiscal mismanagement and money wasting.

    In private business if you are fiscally irresponsible you go bankrupt. In government if you are fiscally irresponsible you punish the taxpayers for your incompetence by making them pay more.

    This one is on the Westminster voters – you vote the same stupid people into office and then expect a different outcome.

    Eventually you’ll be taxed out of house and home – and probably still not learn a thing.

  • Paul Lucas

    The cITY OF wESTMINSTER WAS ENTIRELY IN A REDEVELOPMENT ZONE SO DECLARED BY THE COUNCIL I DONT KNOW HOW MANY YEARS AGO. They need a new model of revenue generation or the will go asunder.

  • David Zenger

    In 1988 I worked for a company that had badly over extended itself.

    We all took mandatory 10% pay cuts.

    • Paul Lucas

      The POA and Fire unions would sue if the city attempted that and it would end p costing more.

      • David Zenger

        Yes, and wouldn’t that look good: “public safety” screws broke city. Sticks it to citizens!

        • Paul Lucas

          Come on man do you really think they care about their image over something like that? Two words Costa Mesa.

    • Scott Smith

      When Westminster over extended itself with redevelopment then employees took between 8-12 percent pay cuts through no fault of their own, and that was after watching 35 percent of the workforce get laid off.

      • David Zenger

        So what’s the solution now?

        • Scott Smith

          I can’t figure out why this is all happening at the last minute and one month before they need to approve a budget. Does the city councilmen have a rabbit to pull out of their hats? Do you not think this is all a bit suspicious that there is not action from City Officials until now except for the whining about the problem since November?