LISTEN: Crane's Corner, We Love A Bargain
We Love a Bargain
We do love a bargain. And we are a forgiving people. Just weeks after the carnival triumph became a ten ton stopped up toilet, making life miserable for thousands of passengers who paid good money to endure overflowing commodes, food and beverage shortages and a lack of air conditioning. The carnival triumph, presumably sanitized, repaired and ship shape again is pulling out of Galveston this week. For it's first post breakdown cruise and the ship is sold out, close to 5,000 people, putting their trust in carnival betting that, trouble won't find the big ship two cruises in a row. Of course, carnival priced the comeback cruise right and a bargain is a bargain.
It's budget season, with the city, county and state putting their spending blue prints to bed without too much controversy, but their are a few twists, to make ends meet, the governor used a little financial slight of hand. Grabbing half a billion dollars from the cap and trade proceeds. Of course the Governor was trying to keep Oakland together when the environmental lobby pushed through the law that either fined or forced industrial polluters to buy carbon offset credits with the money earmarked for environmental improvements. Not as an emergency line of credit for a Governor who even with a tax increase couldn't otherwise balance California’s books. Over at the county, the Sherriff came calling and supervisors found $3 million to keep his staff intact. Ironically most of the money came from programs to fund the rehab of the bad guys the Sheriff’s men and women round up.
And despite the city manager's opinion, that the fresh money coming from the measure U tax hike, the city council's voted. Screw U, opting to spend a large chunk to hire more cops and spruce up some other city facilities; amid warnings the city could be back in financial trouble in two years.
Ironically, as the council votes to restore 140 positions in the police department, the latest crime stats would give a municipal bean counter pause. Despite deep cuts the men and women in blue are getting it done. Major 90's when the economy was surging and the force was at full strength. In good times you can't have enough police, but when times are tough and they still are, we all do more with less and the Sac PD has worked wonders. Slow, steady rehires might have been a more prudent course. Instead, the council’s petal to the metal to bring back the blue could end with a u-turn back into the red.