Opinion: Critics of Santa Fe Irrigation District are not employees’ enemies
Brad Burnett/Rancho Santa Fe resident
I would like to congratulate Joe Tash for his fair and thorough reporting of the issues before the Santa Fe Irrigation District [SFID]. These are issues that deserve professional reporting to keep the public informed. The Solana Beach Sun should be commended for its role in this public debate.
During the course of this debate, The SFID employees have not been mentioned. I would like to reassure the employees that the critics of the SFID are not their enemies. We are concerned about the costs and efficiencies of the SFID. I personally believe that employees should have a fair pension plan, but that plan must be reasonable, affordable, and comparable to the pensions enjoyed by the rest of our society. There is a larger debate in our society that involves all public employees and all public pension plans. We are now beginning to hear about the problems in the City of San Diego, as well as many other local governments. I would like to begin a process of negotiation that first explores the facts, and then concludes in a fair agreement between the parties. This may not be easy, but it must be done.
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- City of Solana Beach, employees come to terms on wages, pension cuts
- Solana Beach: Santa Fe Irrigation District member defends attendance of conference
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