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Not only does the Press Telegram distort the facts by lumping in all the high dollar executive types into the equation, it fails to balance their discussion because they only use numbers from a conservative think tank – a definite bias against workers who need to band together in order to achieve any semblance of fair value.
This fish-wrap twists the data to serve its’ political leanings, and leaves the impression that city workers are overpaid and out of touch. Nothing could be further from the truth; anyone who actually works for the city, or enjoys the cleanliness, safety, and community that these workers toil to provide, knows it.
The rag reports that total compensation “jumped” 3.8% last year and glosses over the fact that nearly two percent was taken up by an extra pay date in the calendar year; this leaves the “jump” to be actually under two percent – and that doesn’t include increases in costs such as medical, or the fact that overtime is used to hide the fact that the city hasn’t hired enough workers to cover the work.
This unfair portrayal is just another attack on civil servants who do the jobs that create our great community. These distorted reports are only designed to make these workers the scapegoats for all the problems that are created by incompetent politicians and ill-informed journalists (or are they just hacks for an agenda to drive down living conditions in our city?)
The headline of the article buries the actual data that Long Beach is the second largest city in Los Angeles county, but it’s total compensation for the workers is only 23rd highest. The cleanup and maintenance for such a large city is several times the work necessary for a smaller town that doesn’t attract the tourists, festivals and events that our city does.
Shame on the Long Beach Press Telegram.
If their twisting of the data angers you, as it should, go to their site and leave a comment and demand actual journalism that isn’t bought and paid. Let them know you don’t appreciate their support for an agenda that will lower the quality of life for all who depend on the services that our city workers deliver every day.
If you would like to complain about the mean-spirited and slanted attack on our neighbors and their families, you can do this in several ways:
- Click on the link above, and leave a comment at bottom (you will need to set up an account with them),
- E-Mail the author of this drivel at firstname.lastname@example.org ,
- Contact the “news”paper at:727 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90844 or phone them at (562) 435-1161
Let them know you expect better than this.
Working families are not the enemy!