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“I am sympathetic to the myriad challenges that public officials and administrators face, but I also expect our leaders to work diligently to find solutions. I expect them to negotiate in good faith, to seek compromise, and when there is funding available, I expect them to do the right thing. In this case, an impartial fact finder has already stated, and the county has acknowledged, that resources are available to pay the modest increase sought [by local home care workers].”

Peter LaVallee

http://www.times-standard.com/guest_opinion/ci_22678013/do-right-thing-humboldt-county-homecare-workers

(Posted by Kathy. Herald email: missingheraldo@gmail.com)

  1. February 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Whats going to happen when they raise the national minimum wage to 9 bucks?

  2. February 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Really good piece, Peter.

  3. HUUFC
    February 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Peter is pretty casual with other peoples money.Wonder why he is’t mayor anymore?

  4. Mitch
    February 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I agree that Peter LaVallee’s piece is great. It also includes the following, which points out that when IHSS is successful, the costs to taxpayers actually go down. IHSS allows people to live at home, rather than move to nursing homes. Paying a fair wage to IHSS providers will keep taxpayer costs down, by making it easier to find reliable and effective providers who will stay for a while.

    This is so much more than a labor struggle — this is a fight to win respect and dignity for those who care for the most vulnerable members of our community every day. The IHHS program helps support the elderly and people with disabilities in their homes, rather than forcing them into nursing homes, at a much higher cost to taxpayers. Please call or email the supervisors and lend your voice to this important cause.

  5. February 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    “…other people’s money?” Hey, that’s our money.

  6. Mitch
    February 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    The answer, deleted commenter, is people who want to have a discussion rather than a mutual rant.

  7. That Other Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Excellent opinion piece by Pete LaVallee.

    On a related note, tomorrow night (Thurs 2/27) there are a series of meetings about the county budget, which will be held in Hoopa, Ferndale, Blue Lake, Eureka, and Miranda, and all linked by teleconferencing:

    “County staff will give a presentation that outlines county revenues, expenditures, budget outlook, and a five-year forecast for Humboldt County’s finances, according to a press release. Members of the public who attend the meetings will be able to interact via web conference with the public and supervisors at other venues.”

    County staff and board members will utilize the comments from the community meeting to build budget proposals, according to the release. Humboldt County’s county administrative officer will make recommendations to the supervisors in June based on submittals from county departments, and information gathered at this meeting.

    http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_22677960/county-hosts-community-budget-meetings

    The meetings are from 6pm. to 8pm:

    Hoopa High School Room 101, 11400 State Highway 96.

    Ferndale High School Library, 1231 Main Street.

    Blue Lake Elementary Room 14, 631 Greenwood Ave.

    Humboldt County Office of Education annex, 901 Myrtle Ave. Eureka.

    Southern Humboldt Unified School District Office conference room, 110 School Road, Miranda.

    It seems like this would be an important opportunity for those who believe the IHSS raises should receive a high priority, to make their views known to the Supervisors and county staff.

    If the Supervisors continue to take the position that they’d like to grant the raises, but the county just can’t afford it, then they should expect supporters to scrutinize the entire budget, asking the question “are budget items x, y, and z truly more urgent/important than giving this modest raise to these hard-working, severely underpaid caregivers?”

  8. SNaFU
    February 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-Ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers

  9. That Other Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I agree, we do have a system of government, at least at the federal and state levels, where CEO’s, stock owners, investment bankers, and others who do very little to produce wealth (as opposed to shuffling wealth around, whenever possible into their own pockets) do play an outsize role in electing our leaders, and as a result we do get a lot of inept lackeys of those nonproductive elites, who thrive off confiscating the wealth of the everyday workers who actually produce the bulk of the nation’s wealth.

  10. Business owner
    February 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    That Other Anonymous :
    I agree, we do have a system of government, at least at the federal and state levels, where CEO’s, stock owners, investment bankers, and others who do very little to produce wealth (as opposed to shuffling wealth around, whenever possible into their own pockets) do play an outsize role in electing our leaders, and as a result we do get a lot of inept lackeys of those nonproductive elites, who thrive off confiscating the wealth of the everyday workers who actually produce the bulk of the nation’s wealth.

    That’s just about the silliest post I have read here. Of course CEO’s produce wealth for their companies if they manage their companies well, produce new products and expand to new markets. Stock owners provide capital for businesses to grow & expand, ditto investment bankers.

    They do play an outsized role in politics as compared to you or I but then so do the Unions and the Democratic & Republican party machines.

    The wealth of the “everyday workers” are confiscated by the government at every level, thanks for acknowledging that fact. But the wealth of the wealthy is confiscated to a far greater degree than the everyday workers. The top tax brackets are climbing to close to 60% for the wealthy in Calif.

  11. What Now
    February 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Great article, Peter.
    Thanks for posting.

  12. March 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    “But the wealth of the wealthy is confiscated to a far greater degree than the everyday workers. The top tax brackets are climbing to close to 60% for the wealthy in Calif.” – Yeah SURE! Poor babies! Taxes do not equal “confiscation”! And that stat is questionable to say the least.
    The subject here is supposed to be IHSS workers getting a raise they sorely deserve and which is ultimately a huge money saver for taxpayers. Not to mention the humane/ right thing to do! It’s HARD work and grossly underpaid, which undermines everything because turnover is great. Only saints stay in underpaid, hard jobs….It’s way CHEAPER than nursing homes and the money is there.
    I really wonder what is wrong with you people! Let’s hope you’re right that you’ll never need any help….

  13. May 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    La vale is undoubtably the worse Mayor Eureka has ever had . What has he ever done for Eureka ? Nothing that’s what ! Oh,I forgot he has deteriorated this Town with the opening of more shelters . He cares only about how much money he can make and not a thing about the people . He is a hypocrite and one jellaba fat drunk .

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