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I would like to add, I know not all city employees make the large pensions I’ve mention. I also know that some employees
need the pensions they have. But I do think some things would need to be changed.

Comment by Resident of Hollywood

Sara and Laurie,

I think your blog is needed in Hollywood and I would like to see more up to date comments. I’ve read all the comments and it seems that the residents in Hollywood all agree we need to do something with the local government.

I’ve been thinking about running for city commissioner and would like to share with you what I’ve been told by certain people who are involved in politics.

Unless I have all three unions (Police, Fire Department and City workers) behind me to run, I would not be able to get the votes I need to become a commissioner. I think the Police, Fire Department and City workers all do a great job but the unions are working for them and not concerned with how much it cost the residents in Hollywood.

I understand why unions were formed and the benefits they have for the workers, but I think somewhere along the line it has gotten out of control. Most of the employees for the city are making more money than the people who pay their salaries, the residents. I have owned my own business for years and if I do not save and invest for retirement I will not have one. Unlike the union employees who do not have to save anything because they get a pension averaging $3000.00 – $5000.00 per month for life and benefits. This amount of money is still more than the average persons salary. This is a great deal for them but not the residents. I know the commission changed some of the laws but were they enough?

The citizens of our country are always wondering why politicians have their own agenda, so it would seem. What do they expect when they are back by big corporations, big money and unions? They are not going to vote for what’s best for the people, but what’s best for them and the companies that invested in them. Job security is what they are looking for.

I know somewhere out there, there are politicians who really think they can make a difference for us, but they are far and to few. I am one of those people. I think we live in the best country in the world and the people have the right to have a government who is working for them not pretending too.
It’s time the citizens get a government that we were promised, as Abraham Lincoln said, “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” These are great words from a great man and no one should ever forget what a great country we live in.

There are a lot of other areas of wasted money that need to be addressed also, CRA, WIFI and many more.

I would love to hear from the residents of Hollywood and see what your thoughts are. I am not on any committees or have any ties to the local government whatsoever. I would just like to see if it’s possible that someone who loves our city and country has a chance to be elected to do what’s right for all the people and not just certain groups. My father always taught me that being a good parent isn’t easy and if your kids like you all the time your not a good parent. I took this to mean, that you have to make tough decisions for the safety and well being of the person you love and sometimes you have to say NO and that does not make everyone happy all the time, but it’s best in the big picture. I think this also applies to citizens in the city that are only worried about what’s in it for them.

I would love to be a commissioner and do what’s best for the people of Hollywood. I am honest and always go out of my way to help everyone when they need me.
Together we can take our city back………………….

Comment by Resident of Hollywood

What happened? Lost your voice? No comment on CRA? No Comment on Lala? LOL

Comment by Mr. Yahoo

The Balance Sheet comments only periodically and on relatively few city issues that we have taken the time to study in depth. All our posts are based on time-consuming inquiry and research. Since 2004 when the Balance Sheet began, our aim has been to address issues we think important that are not being covered by the mainstream media.

Comment by Balance Sheet Blog

Thanks, Jeb. We’ve moved the Balance Sheet archives from the website to the blog now. Appreciate your support.

Comment by Balance Sheet Blog

Congratulations Sara and Laurie, good to see you moving to the WordPress platform. But, I am wondering if at this point in time — July 1 — you only have one item posted… Because, on the old BSO, navigation was shaky and it was not always clear how many posts there were or how to see them all. And, it appears you might — at this point in time — have the same glitch?

I am not sure if you are aware that WordPress has sidebar widgets where you can automatically provide a list your posts as clickable links, either in cloud format or list format and also show archived posts, and on an on…

You can also export your old posts from the original blog and import them into the new blog as history or archives…

Since I share your concerns for the Hollywood area, I would be willing to provide you with tips on some things you could do to make your blog the best that it can be. Maybe you just have not gotten there yet, but if I can help, let me know…

BTW, the old link still goes to the old blog, so if you do not, or are unable to notify those with the old link, you should probably either do a “re-direct” or put a link to the new blog on the old site…

Go get em!

Comment by JEB

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