Russell Buckley
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Posted on March 31, 2015 at 7:30pm 17 Comments


Supreme Court Protest


LA MESA -- A couple of weeks ago La Mesa Today carried …


La Mesa City Council

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:00pm 9 Comments

Managing The Pension Tiger

By Russell Buckley

LA MESA -- At Thursday's Strategic Planning Workshop (open to the public every year) a number of important topics were discussed - none more consequential than La Mesa's rising pension costs. A well respected actuary named…


Should Not Be A Surprise

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

            The bitter fight over Obamacare should not surprise anyone. Legislation governing an issue that is of such importance to every citizen must have the support of a large majority. Obamacare was passed despite the objection of a significant part of the citizenry and without a single vote from the opposition party in either the House or the Senate. It was filled with bribes to individual Senators and favors (exceptions) to special interest groups. It was 2,700 pages long and…


A Challenge to the City Council (Delivered at the 3/26 Meeting)

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

         Mayor Madrid and Council members: You may have read an article in the U/T a month or two ago about a program the city of Escondido implemented to reduce the cost of firefighting services - more specifically the cost of Emergency Medical Services. I heard a presentation about this program from the two senior Firemen in Escondido last Friday. Their work, like all fire departments, has increasingly shifted from fighting fires to providing EMT services. Escondido's 2012 calls…


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At 11:23am on June 24, 2010, DEXTER LEVY said…
Mr Buckley, you bring out some more very interesting facts about "OUR" Helix Water Distrioct,(HWD) as a Fairly regular attendee and some time Meeting Partisipant at the HWD Board Meetings and as yourself, a concerned Rate Payer I would like to add some INFORMATION that you have MISSED.

If you and any one else really want to make a differance along with being informed as to who on the Board is "WORKING FOR YOU" and what is going on with this current HWD Rate Issue, take a look at the Art. in East County Magaziune Dated June 22
it shows how the Board Voted & Info. on the PUBLIC MEETINGS, Places & Times. Public Partisipation is the only thing that may influance the Board, since it is some of the Boards stated position, that if they don't receive the Required Written Objections (by law - 40% of Customers) that they can do as they see Fit (RIGHT or WRONG)

It is my op[nion that this ATTITUDE is another demonstration of some of the Boards continuing lack of "RESPECT" to it's Customers, who OWN the HWD. The Directors have many responsibilities to the District but "DISRESPECT" to it's Customers (REAL OWNERS) of the HWD, is not one of them.

At 9:53am on May 5, 2010, Steven S. Kane said…
Russell: You probably noted that the San Diego City Council has sued the Pension Board to require increased contributions from employees to help to defer investment losses. Apparently, the City's suit is based on a Charter provision which requires that contributions of the City and the employees be "substantially the same." I do not know if La Mesa has any similar provision, but the event is notable because it represents action by the San Diego City Council to bring pensions under control. It is somewhat unexpected considering the influence that the unions have had on the Council up to now. Perhaps this will assist some members of the La Mesa City Council to realize that the public is now aware of the issue of excessive pensions and benefits for public employees, and that voters desire local government elected officials to enact fair but reasonable benefits for employees which do not overburden taxpayers and cause under-funding of vital services.
At 12:33pm on January 16, 2010, Craig S. Maxwell said…

Good to see you're onboard.


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