Thursday, August 27, 2009

Getting paid to help Gascon?

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the latest news that Mesa Police employees are getting paid to go to San Francisco and help Gascon set up shop over there. Those who already disliked Gascon and were happy to see him go are clearly going to be upset by this. Those who liked him may not be, but either way, this is an issue.

These trips were approved by the City Manager, so everyone knew what was going on. Perhaps it would have been good to be out in front of this issue and explained to the public the where and why of such a move. Why does it make sense for Mesa to pay for it? Why not San Francisco? "Training opportunity" or not, this does not bode well with the massive budget free-fall that we have experienced over the past several months. This goes to show that Mesa still has a bit of a way to go between what they think is right in the bureaucratic world and what is right in the minds of the constituents.

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