Good citizen Kyle I am not totally against paid parking or Charter change for that matter BUT
I don’t believe now is the time.
I see this as an excellent time to cut some fat from the City workforce and stop some wasteful practices such as.
Selling garbage bags on the street for so called “beer money”
Having three foremen in DPW for three laborers.
Having too many full time workers in DPW when you need more part-time seasonal laborers for periods such as this snowless winter.
I could go on all day.
The second in the long term stabilizing of Saratoga Springs is the revamping of City Labor contracts to properly reflect the economic climate of today. Paid Parking would never have generated enough income to support the current wage and benefit structure of the cities work force. Yes the Unions have reached an impasse with the city and they have every right to go to binding arbitration where they will be rewarded by a 4% or more COLA, but they do this at their own peril. Now is the time for the unions to look in the mirror and decide, do we want to keep our raise and live with a much smaller work force or except less to protect jobs.
I find that much more important than paid parking.
And what I meant about long term residents in this City, who still make up a majority of the population, is this. Deep down in their core they are still pretty conservative and resistant to change. Most are too busy making a living to be involved in day to day City politics, But when they see a threat to the Status quo such as the thought of Kim for Mayor or Charter Change they take notice.
In the words of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant."
So if a lesson is to be learned from all of this either, for Paid Parking proponents or Charter Change. Proceed at your own risk.
Now for some fun
A FAMILY TALE OF DPW
Based on a true story
Once upon a time there was a family living on York Ave in Saratoga Springs.
One day their little 10 year old boy had the day off from school and was having breakfast with his father,
Father; Tell me son what do you want to do in Life?
Boy; I don’t know Father?
At that the Father looked outside his Window and saw a DPW crew working on some pipes in the Street.
Father; Son I want you to watch those Men today and when I get home I’ll ask you what your learned
Son: OK Father.
The man want off to work and the always obedient boy watched from his yard as the DPW crew labored away for most of the day.
At dinner that night the boy sat quietly until the father asked “What did you learn son” the boy looked away and didn’t answer so the father prodded him on. “Surely son you learned something” he asked. The boy again looked away and the father grew agitated and commanded “TELL ME WHAT YOU LEANED TODAY”
The boy turned toward the father looked him right in the eye and said;
Big Deal O’Neil is a cheap fuck. He never buys shit. Don’t work to fast fuck face we need to milk this all day. Hey fucker who bought this Colt45 piss? Next time, buy some white mans beer. Don’t worry about Skippy he’s dumber than a fucking out house rat. Hey Big Deal you got the wrong fucking size pipe dumbass. Can’t you see it’s a cunt-hair to small? Oh fuck time to go home and fuck your old lady.
The Father turned red as a beet and screamed at the Boy’
SON you can’t talk to me like that. GO OUT AND GET ME A SWITCH.
The boy again looked his father straight in the eye and said.
Stick it up your ass, Fuck face, that’s the fucking electrician's job.