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Letter to Local Churches in Pasadena's Black Community

Dear Reverend, I am writing to you because you are not only a man – or woman – of religion but because you are also a leader in the community. As such I am fully confident that you are aware of and concerned about the educational crisis we face in the inner cities among poor and minority children. I say “we” because the problem is one that affects us all regardless of our race, ethnicity, religious belief, party affiliation or income level.
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The City of San Marino Is a Fiscal Illusion

Just like the state and federal government, the City of San Marino is a fiscal illusion. The budget and pronouncements of the city and public employee unions conceal the fact that it is already bankrupt and ready to explode at any moment. San Marino is under water anywhere from $62 million to $132 million in pension debt and deferred maintenance. Let's start with the three top fiscal realities in San Marino: 1. The obscene cost of salary and benefits for public employees (median pay and benefits for full-time employees $120,946); 2. The unmet, unrecognized pension debt (at least $22.4 million, but probably closer to $92.8 million); and 3. The very high cost of deferred maintenance/replacement of municipal infrastructure (at least $40 million but nobody really knows). This describes the fiscal and, therefore, the political reality of San Marino and, with rare exception, each and every other city in California. What is also common to these cities is the lack of an effective plan to deal with these problems.
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Letter to Local Churches in Pasadena's Black Community

Dear Reverend, I am writing to you because you are not only a man – or woman – of religion but because you are also a leader in the community. As such I am fully confident that you are aware of and concerned about the educational crisis we face in the inner cities among poor and minority children. I say “we” because the problem is one that affects us all regardless of our race, ethnicity, religious belief, party affiliation or income level.
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The City of San Marino Is a Fiscal Illusion

Just like the state and federal government, the City of San Marino is a fiscal illusion. The budget and pronouncements of the city and public employee unions conceal the fact that it is already bankrupt and ready to explode at any moment. San Marino is under water anywhere from $62 million to $132 million in pension debt and deferred maintenance. Let's start with the three top fiscal realities in San Marino: 1. The obscene cost of salary and benefits for public employees (median pay and benefits for full-time employees $120,946); 2. The unmet, unrecognized pension debt (at least $22.4 million, but probably closer to $92.8 million); and 3. The very high cost of deferred maintenance/replacement of municipal infrastructure (at least $40 million but nobody really knows). This describes the fiscal and, therefore, the political reality of San Marino and, with rare exception, each and every other city in California. What is also common to these cities is the lack of an effective plan to deal with these problems.
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