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Also, Oakland is desperately in need of a fiscal manager and an attitude that it will not spend and overspend whatever revenue it takes in. Per the last census, Oakland employees were paid an average monthly take home pay that was the highest of ALL large cities in this country. This is totally irresponsible.
And, Oakland needs an ongoing public disclosure of the salaries, benefits, and pensions that it pays Oakland employees — these will prove to be unsustainable.
The people of Oakland need to vote down every new tax because all money paid in ends up being absorbed by the salaries, benefits, and pensions of Oakland employees and Oakland itself never gets ahead.
Pauline Zazulak, Oakland