After all, don't we get to vote on tax hikes? So why not employee salaries and pensions? After all, that is where most of the tax hike money goes, right?
You really should check this out:
Or would you be OK with just leaving these kinds of things in the soft and sweaty hands of, say, Gene Goss?
So few elected politicians seem to be able to control themselves when it comes to giving away the taxpayer funded store to the help. Maybe it really would be better if the public got to take a vote on this stuff instead. After all, it is their money.
It is certainly something I could get behind. I think I will.
And let's face it, when is the last time you heard about a Sierra Madre cop using his (or her) gun in a situation that actually made some sense? Like never, right? It could be that the chances of an unfortunate accident happening far outweigh any problems that might occur if this city's officers were equipped with nothing more deadly than tasers.
Here is a portion of an article the Pasadena Star News ran about it (link):
San Marino councilman wants to explore a disarmed police force - In a town once concerned with bike paths and a farmers market attracting “riffraff,” one councilman wanted to explore becoming the first city in the nation to take guns away from police officers.
In the past five years, the San Marino Police Department has used force three times, pursued cars nine times and applied deadly force on a dog once, according to city records.
While America has a policing problem, Councilman Dennis Kneier said, he didn’t want that issue in his neighborhood. Kneier worries a misunderstanding or accident might turn into a “use of force” and become “a terrible stain on San Marino.” So he suggested staff explore a style of policing where patrol officers don’t carry firearms.
“I wouldn’t recommend this for Los Angeles or Oakland — not to pick on those places — but they’re not San Marino,” Kneier said. “I’m just wondering if we should do some research and see if our police has any appetite and our community has any appetite for almost thinking about a UK-method of policing so that an accident doesn’t happen.”
Kneier gave his comments after Police Chief John Incontro provided a report on the state of the Police Department during a May 29 meeting. His department, along with other local agencies, will go to bias policing training at the Museum of Tolerance in the fall.
There were a number of interesting comments attached to this article. Here are two, one from each side of the question.
So you know, Councilman Kneier has not been controversy free during his years on the San Marino City Council. As a matter of fact he was the target of a recall effort that we wrote about a number of years ago. His crimes included throwing dog poop on his neighbor's lawn.
Naturally we called the article "San Marino's Effort To Recall Dennis "Poopgate" Kneier." That effort failed, however. Click here for more details.
Kind of on the fence here. Are armed Police in small low crime cities a greater danger than unarmed ones? Are police officer initiated accidents in low crime towns like Sierra Madre more likely to happen than the kinds of crime requiring an armed response?