The Humboldt Consequential is highly excited for the upcoming Special Meetings the Eureka City Council is having this week. The Council will get to hear and approve reports from various city agencies about their respective budgets and the many ways they have failed the tax-paying public by completely wasting our money.
We at the THC are truly hopeful that the new and improved “liberal” City Council will do a better job running Eureka’s finances than the previous Shitty Council – especially since that was the platform our new Council members were elected on.
However, all of that is small potatoes compared to the main event; I’m talking about the slug fest sure to break out between Firefighter Jeff Broberg and Eureka’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Miles Slattery.
Jeff and Miles published opposing Op-Eds in the Lost Coast Outpost this week, here and here. While we applaud Mr. Broberg’s pitiful public plea to keep his precious little fire station open without affecting his freakin’ awesome salary, we have to hand the victory in the early rounds to Mr. Slattery. Why, you ask?
Well, this guy can talk smack with the best of ’em! While Mr. Broberg wasted time with calm, if not completely logical, “reasoning,” Miles just said screw that and went straight for the jugular. He attacks Mr. Broberg’s salary, and for the finishing blow, Mr. Slattery provides a link to Transparent California.com, detailing just how much overtime Broberg got over the last few years.
THC fans, can you tell us who else loves to use Transparent California? That’s right, we do! (Remember those awesome posts about government salaries in the county, and those cool links we gave you last week?)
And use it we did. On Miles Slattery, the mud slingin’ s.o.b. himself. And we found that Miles maybe doesn’t have a whole lot of room to talk, considering his $135k plus annual salary. We particularly LOVE the fact that Miles chose to write his attack on Broberg’s Op-Ed during the workday (his post on LOCO was timed at 4:44 pm). This means that he was criticizing a public employee’s salary as a waste of tax dollars, while he was writing a personal opinion piece while getting paid – you guessed – with public tax dollars! The irony of the situation is just so sweet I could cry.
That irony was lost on Miles, and we just truly hope that the conflict here snowballs to include ALL public agencies in Eureka. Maybe, if they all get pissed off enough at each other, then ALL of their budgets will get reduced via their backstabbing. In the meantime, we anticipate the fight between Mr. Broberg and Mr. Slattery to go down something like this (follow the link):