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It is a city known for church shootings, car jacking and the violent deaths of its young people and police officers. Is it New York? No. It's Oakland. How about a city that reveres its cops (and firefighters) and rightfully honors them because they RISK THEIR LIVES for residents everyday? Oakland? Nope. New York? Yes!
There are 34,500 police officers in the NYPD. Their starting salary is $44,744. Here is a sample of how they are recruited:
* 10 Paid vacation days during first & second year
* 13 Paid vacation days during third, fourth & fifth year
* 27 Paid vacation days after 5 years of service
* Unlimited sick leave with full pay
* A choice of paid medical programs
* Prescription, dental, and eyeglass coverage
* Annuity fund
* Deferred Compensation Plan, 401K and I.R.A.
* Optional retirement at one half salary after 20 years of service
* Annual $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund (upon retirement)
* Annual banking of $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund after 20 years of service (if not retiring)
* Excellent promotional opportunities
* Educational opportunities
* Additional benefits are available to military personnel.
Check it out: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/faq/faq_…
Kaplan thinks we "shouldn't have to pay double what New York has to pay". She's right. We should pay triple. We have 803 cops. 803. They are severely understaffed. There are more cops in SF, which is, like New York, a popular tourist destination. Connect the dots! People visit, work and live where they feel safe. Oakland's crime problem is not an "image" problem. It is a REAL problem. Our murder rate is higher than New York's!
According to Quan and Kaplan, these officers need to sacrifice more to pay a debt created by mismanagement -- hell, let's call it what it is: graft and corruption. I wouldn't trust Quan play "store" with a five year old! By virtue of their oath to protect and serve, police officers agree to give everything, every day they are on the job. Too bad the same can't be said for city council members.
Last year, I needed help from police. I was terrified and called 9-1-1. When the two officers arrived, I was relieved. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the men and women in blue! They are worth every penny. We must support our police officers and their families with words and actions. If that is too much to ask, call Kaplan or Quan if you need to be rescued from one of Oakland's "image problems".
Why vote for someone who does have to make a living? Knock yourself out voting for people who fund campaigns with their personal wealth. Meg Whitman comes to mind. I'm looking forward to billionaire leaders. You know, they can look out for us "small people". Much better than those who have real life experience: delivering milk with dad and teaching for sixteen years...
This article illustrates how some journalists are an integral part of the political mud slinging that exhausts voters. How about REPORTING news? Real news. Then I will draw my own conclusions. Because at the moment, it's all about reading between the lines to try to determine bias or, in your case, obsession. Stop being a stalker and start being a reporter.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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