Monday, January 16, 2006

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS THREATEN CITY SERVICES


Los Angeles, CA — Are public employee unions harming the City of Los Angeles with their ever increasing demands for more benefits and higher wages? A “Free” three (3) minute FULL DISCLOSURE™ video blog features L. A. City Controller Laura Chick warning that city services are in jeopardy as public employee benefit packages continue rising. The video is available at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlog/VideoBlog19.php and can be accessed “On Demand” 24/7, as a public service.

Controller Chick describes the extent of the City’s liability for LAPD pensions, saying that costs for the retired police officers is as much as it is for the working officers who are out on the street. And, she added this is a factor limiting the city’s ability to hire more officers.

Additionally, Chick pointed out municipal bankruptcies, such as threatened in the City of San Diego, warning that something must be done to identify where the money will come from to pay for growing public employee benefit packages.

At the conclusion of the video presentation moderated by host Leslie Dutton, viewers are asked to participate in an interactive survey and for their opinions on solutions to the growing demand for higher public employee benefit packages.

Full Disclosure™ public affairs programs are billed as “the news behind the news” and have been featured for the past thirteen years on 40 cable systems and video streamed on the Internet worldwide on the web site www.fulldisclosure.net In 2002 the Full Disclosure™ program was presented with an Emmy Award for a public affairs series entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes can be found on the web site.

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