Not so in Encinitas. Republican Jerome Stocks voted for the huge 35% pension increase in 2005, and he is joined by Republicans Kristen Gaspar and Jim Bond in the Gravy Train Giveaway of 2012, giving 12% raises to firefighters already making well over $100,000 a year, far more than the median household income in Encinitas.
Meanwhile here are progressive Democrats Teresa Barth and Tony Kranz in the Coast News:
Tony Kranz, a Leucadia resident told the council that more detailed information should have been available to the public. “This is a very complex subject, especially with respect to retirement,” he said. “You really haven’t spelled it out to the public.”
“It’s still not time to give them a raise,” Kranz said. “There’s still the same liability to the community.” While Kranz said he supported and applauded firefighters, he disagreed that the savings were as high as anticipated. “We have an unfunded liability that’s going to bite us in the end,” he said, referring to the cost of pensions.
Councilwoman Teresa Barth said she could not support the actual contract. While her stepson is a firefighter in Los Angeles County, and she respects the work of first responders, she said the city had more pressing financial considerations.
“We’re faced with a lot of difficult decisions up here,” she said.
In light of the national economic situation and the high number of capital improvement projects in the city’s pipeline, the contract did not provide enough short-term realization of funds to gain Barth’s support.
The contract passed 3-1, with Barth opposed and Muir absent.