Eureka City Council to discuss best ways to waste your money; City officials poised to throw down

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, 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):

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6 Responses to Eureka City Council to discuss best ways to waste your money; City officials poised to throw down

  1. Cousin Eddie says:

    Says it all right here


    • Eddie –

      As always, we appreciate your comments!

      Very interesting links, who knew there was a code of “honor” in firehouses, complete with pecking orders, that control who gets that all-valuable overtime pay. It’s clearly not as big of a problem here as it is in Los Angeles, but it’s important we all pay close attention to the decisions coming down the pipeline in the next few days with the Eureka City Council and the Humboldt Board of Supervisors on June 8th. If we don’t, pension burdens may continue to spiral out of control.

      As for that video – Holy moley! Somebody sure had some balls to make that video. THC admits it’s frickin’ hilarious, but a fair bit harsher than we would have been. Which says a lot, considering what jerks we can be. You might want to pass that on to Mr. Slattery yourself- seems like you two would have a lot to talk about. When you do talk to him, give him a high five for how spot on his comments about firefighters getting paid to sleep are.

      Now if only we could figure out a way to make a similar video with Ryan, Rex, Estelle, Virginia, and good ol’ Marky Mark.


  2. Mac Towner says:

    Seriously? Eureka is paying their firemen while they are sleeping? I’m inclined to think that this is one of those bizarre rumors that get started. If I get time I’ll check Snopes to see if there’s any truth to it. NOBODY, not even the Eureka City Council is stupid enough to pay employees to sleep.


  3. So Hum Gal says:

    I’ve heard about this before. Apparently some fool convinced a few of our elected idiots that sleeping on the job would be more efficient. Wait till you hear the ridiculous argument in favor of this nonsense. I don’t know if the County fell into the trap or not. It’s my understanding that we pay for health club memberships for firemen too! Don’t get me wrong, I want well paid firemen as much or more then anyone but to pay them $100,000 plus and have them sleeping 30% or more of the time is totally crazy. Eureka issues don’t affect me either but as a society we need to be making better decisions about what we can afford and what we can’t. Paying sleeping firemen would seem to be one of the things we can’t afford. Hopefully Eureka will put a stop to this absurd practice and other municipalities will learn from their lesson.


  4. Anonymous says:

    The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.


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