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The feds tend to provide grants for buying new buses, but do not pay for ongoing operational costs.
Charging for bus ridership takes extra time for everyone to enter only the front door and dig through their heavy winter clothing for money.
The history behind the free bus doesn't matter because the city government, under TABOR, could not sign any binding agreement requiring maintaining a free bus service without a ballot measure. So city could go to whatever bus program whenever it wants.
SB's transit and SB city government is not facing a crisis of a lack of funding. City of SB has about 3 times (300%) the general fund as the similarly sized City of Craig Colorado which isn't exactly falling apart or unlivable.
City of SB drops a few hundred thousand here and there at not much more than a drop of a hat. Spend hundreds of thousands supporting local nonprofits, no problem. Drop a couple hundred thousand on a few consultants telling us the obvious, no problem. Spend another half million a year on administrative salaries for positions which no one is leaving for better paying local jobs and any openings are flooded with highly qualified applicants, minor problems but approved.
The bus service was changed because of a lack of trained bus drivers. If they kept to the old routes then the overtime would have been brutal and even risked of not having enough drivers to operate all routes at all times.
And for next year the city manager should be tasked with figuring out to get enough seasonal bus drivers. Maybe city could say seasonal bus drivers get first shot at all other seasonal jobs. So the not so fun winter job becomes a good summer job. And those with good summer jobs might want to protect staying in that job by being a winter bus driver. It would also seem that if there were qualified bus drivers not seeking lots of hours, but willing to work some shifts then that would go a long ways towards dealing with the issue.
Also, NSA employees have been caught running inquiries on girlfriends, women they'd like to meet, neighbors they are arguing with and so on.
So locally there could be city officials or police officers that want to see how often an ex is at downtown bars and how often that coincides with a new romantic interest.
Cops for years have been known to run the plates of attractive women so they can learn the woman's name and address. Combine that with being able to print out their parking habits then it really gets creepy.
It makes no sense that anyone should have to worry about someone improperly using local parking data. There is no essential need for government to collect or retain such information.
Looking at demographic data on the aging workforce, it would suggest that city should try to figure out how to attract older, possibly recently retired residents as bus drivers. That might mean allowing drivers to have shorter shifts and offering more substantial pay differentials for working unpopular shifts or routes.
But what is new that certain jobs require drug free workers?
I don't see the railroad saying they cannot find locomotive engineers or airlines cannot find pilots because of mj. The difference is that those jobs pay well and being drug free is an acceptable part of the job.
When trucking companies are offering bonuses for drivers then bus drivers have higher paying alternatives. Sure, there are advantages to having a local driving job and returning home at night, but it also means that the city cannot assume that enough people want to be seasonal bus drivers.
Another response to Chief Rae is why should the public have to trust that anyone won't abuse that information?
A lesson from the Sony experience should be that what is presumed to be private can too easily become public.
Seems to me that law enforcement wants the data just because it is more data that could become useful to an investigation. Though, it would quickly become enough data that could be used to determine who all is often meeting with each other and all sorts of potentially very invasive results.
I have a hard time thinking of any questions regarding individual parking habits that would plausibly affect city parking policies. How does could it affect city parking policy when Scott Ford and his minions park downtown?
The data that is relevant for parking policy has nothing to do with who is parking where. The number of available spots in both short term and long term parking is really the only statistics that matter. And that requires the number of empty spots, not the license plate numbers of those that are parking downtown.
If city officials wish to say tracking parking by license plate number is no big deal then the parking habits of their official and personal vehicles for city managers, Chief Rae and so on should be kept in a publicly searchable database. If any of them object then that is exactly why they shouldn't get that information of the public's parking habits.
And the public should thank Stuart for being on the ball and exposing the privacy issues of what the city is considering.
Well, if SB had an intelligent working affordable housing program then it probably would still be in effect.
But when SB has an indefensible program requiring luxury developments to include some "affordable" units that no eligible buyers wanted then the program should be thrown out.
By promoting a ridiculous program initially then there were no credible advocates for a workable program when the city council decided to get rid of what was broken.
Well, the public sector hires employees that value stability.
Anyone with ambition and seeking to advance as the company grows will prefer private sector jobs. Any company has serious problems if they are losing employees to the public sector.
Someone with ambition being hired into government would see how to reorganize the dept to be more effective and efficient, and probably eliminate some jobs. In the private sector those are the traits of a good manager that is going to get promoted. In government, that is a troublemaker threatening the status quo
Sure, temps were wrong, but you cannot have various employees changing the settings from warmer to cooler and back again.
You need employees willing to bring it management's attention on what are the needed settings and get a decision on what will be the temp setting..
And if a back of a house manager comes in and discovers the cooler's temp is 45 degrees then he should have thrown away every food item that can spoil. If he turned down the setting and served it anyway then that was a poor decision.
I am just suggesting that his story suggests he wasn't a stellar employee that any restaurant would be excited to hire. He might have been great, but he doesn't come off very good in how he tells this story.
I doubt it was entirely coincidental that several people showed up for public comment on bus service. City Council has made it pretty clear that they don't care about public comment and that the public is supposed to deal with the city depts to handle their issues.
I'm guessing that people with bus route issues were told at some point (city staff, bus drivers or among themselves) that they should show up for public comment.
Ski Corps isn't going to bite the hand that gives them goodies.
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