Gang of Four = Union Busters
They continue to demand that the sanitation department bleeding is a chimera, full well knowing that the only alternative to the mayor's plan is a 50% increase in residential fees - an increase that would severely impact widows on a fixed income, single-parent families in financial straits, and retired couples on fixed incomes.
They continue to hold out false hopes to the city's sanitation workers, leading them to believe that their jobs are safe, when it is obvious they are not "safe." But it makes a great political tool to use against the mayor. Tell me truthfully - if the mayor had come forward with a proposal to make the sanitation department self-supporting, wouldn't the Gang of Four have jumped on that with just as much vigor and obfuscation? You know they would have.
The Coffey diversionary plan to abandon downtown redevelopment to the YMCA would likely have resulted in the construction of a minimal facility. More to the point, it would have been built by non-union trades workers. What do they have against unions.
Now, they have their long knives out for the police department. My experiences with the police department have all been positive. I've listened carefully to the rational basis for the city's take-home car policies. It is a presentation all should hear. Any doubts that linger about its benefits to the city would float away. I invite the leaders (or detectives, or street cops) to explain it. They can show definitively that this is NOT a perk for the cops, but rather a rational approach to making the best use of a short-staffed police force.
Using unions as playthings and straw men, these so-called Democrats are the city's biggest union bashers and it's time they were called to account for it.
Remember it now and in 2007.
The Gang of Four
...otherwise known as the right side of the room at city council. I'm a progressive. I lean left.