Vladislav Davidzon 
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Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

The writer is upset that the taxpayers have found out that they are being blatantly ripped off by their hired help, so she's demanding that the facts be hidden? Oh really!

It is an undeniable fact that most of our public servants would earn significantly less in the private sector than they're taking from the taxpayers and it is also an undeniable fact that we could get exponentially more and better service for a fraction of the cost by privatizing most of our public services. Those are facts. Our public servants are quite blatantly stealing from us.

We've got freaking meter maids in Berkeley earning a total of $125k+ in compensation (look it up). We've got a former police officer (Cary Kent) - collecting $70k/year in pension benefits from the taxpayers after being CONVICTED of a FELONY for stealing drugs from the evidence locker. The list of fraud and abuse of the taxpayer by the public service unions is a long one and it goes on and on.

So yes, obviously the proper response is to blame the folks who are bringing transparency and shining the light onto these cockroaches! No. The answer is more light, more transparency, and yes - complete privatization of our public services because we can absolutely get a LOT more for a lot LESS money.

The numbers are undeniably clear that we can both significantly cut taxes in the Bay Area while getting a LOT more public service and actually taking care of our people.

As for the claim above - regarding the former officer Cary Kent, here are the details: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BERK…
http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/…
http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/…
http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/…

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/15/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Building Engulfed by Deadly Oakland Fire Had Pending Habitability Complaints

It's amazing that the unionized city workers are not getting 100% of the deserved blame for this. Criminal charges should be brought against the city workers who failed to do their jobs.

Of course no one is going to be punished and of course they will retire with full pensions eventually. Thanks government unions!

Has there ever been a more clear-cut case for banishing city workers from unionizing? At-will employment would have prevented this disaster as the inspectors would have known that they would be getting kicked to the curb if they failed to do their jobs properly...

Frustrating.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 12/05/2016 at 1:02 PM

Re: “About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland

@Matt Chambers - The crimes committed were not done on taxpayer dime, which is what makes police shootings radically different. The employer has the right and responsibility to say "you will do the job in this specific way, and you will accept this additional amount of risk to your life. Don't want the risk? Don't take the job and the paycheck".

Police officers are just hired blue-collar help. They can be replaced, fired and otherwise treated just like any other blue-collar employee doing any other job. This is America and we do capitalism here.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/17/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

Why would any sane taxpayer resist calls to push to get more service out of our cops or any public servant for the same money?

Do you offer to pay 3x more for your groceries or to your barber when they give you the bill?

Bewildering. Any and all pressure on our public servants is a great thing!

Cops are blue collar workers who are easily replaceable. There is zero reason why we cannot push them to deliver more and higher quality service even if it means a higher risk to their lives.

I am white and fairly wealthy. The fact that I fear for my life every time I get pulled over means something is very, very broken with our policing. Their fear of their own shadows combined with absurd union protection is absurd. The fact that they are failing to actually deliver safety at the same time and actually suppress crime is ridiculous.

Taxpayers deserve more and better service.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/17/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

@Mansour Kilibria - the issue you're missing is that police officers are hired help. The employers - ie the taxpayers - have every right to say "you must accept far higher risk of injury and death in exchange for this paycheck".

That is how capitalism works. Some jobs come with risks, and those risks are managed by the employers. In the case of police officers, there is no reason we cannot demand that they radically reduce the number of people they injure and kill, even if doing so implies that we will have more officer injuries and deaths. It is a job and job risks are dictated by employers.

The bottom line is that American police kill far more people than police in any other civilized nation. The use of force guidelines, according to Amnesty International, do not meet international norms and standards. Whats even worse is that while delivering this carnage, they are failing to reduce crime to rates on-par with other civilized nations.

Don't want to accept risk of injury or death? Cannot deliver lower crime? Don't take the job. Someone else will. This is America. We do capitalism here.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/17/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting'

The real problem is that policing in America is seen as a "para-military" system, rather than a customer service profession. If customer satisfaction was actually the primary metric by which officer performance was measured, and based on which officer were hired and fired, everything would change.

Privatization should be seriously considered. While certain tasks can only be done by sworn officers, the majority of calls to which officers respond can certainly be done by private contractors - processing of simple fender-bender incidents, calls that can be answered by social workers, etc. Private companies can undertake the overwhelming majority of calls to which officers currently respond, saving the taxpayers many millions in the process.

At the end of the day, police officers are easily replaceable cogs in a system, and the issue is that we've put them on a weird plateau of heroes. It's just a job, and while it's a job that comes with life risks, so do many others - and in fact many jobs do come with a statistically higher risk of death and injury. We pay these people to accept risk - plain and simple. This is America and we do capitalism here - if you don't like the job terms, someone else will take it in your place.

We need to attack, degrade and fully destroy the police unions. Put civilian oversight over our police forces (bravo to the Mayor for doing this!). Privatize any tasks that can be done by private contractors. Institute strict performance metrics and fire any officers who fail to deliver. Demand and drive ROI. It's not rocket science. Corporate America knows how to drive results, and the same optimizations can fix our governments.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 06/19/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Jury Awards Whistleblower $613,302 in Lawsuit Against City of Oakland

Let's speak plain English: $613,302 in taxpayer funds has been taken away from policing and providing other life-saving services and handed over to an already grossly overpaid public employee.

This is yet another example of how the taxpayers get fleeced by our public servants. Shameful. Absolutely freaking shameful.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 09/25/2015 at 6:39 AM

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