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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11 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.


  5. Cheryl H says:

    Based on the above comments, I can only ascertain that the community isn’t concerned about safety, life, or putting out fires. Do any of you, who commented negatively, realize the coordination efforts of your fire department when deploying fire fighters to the scene of a fire. If my house were on fire at 2:00 a.m. in the morning, I would be thankful that the fire fighters were rested, all leaving the firehouse immediately and on their way to contain a fire and save lives. These guys put their life on the line to save people, property and community assets, there is no price high enough to pay for that service. If you are suggesting that fire fighters be at home sleeping without pay and having to take an extra 15-30+ minutes to respond to a phone call from the fire house that a fire in is process, you are so stupid. That’s as ridiculous as suggesting that a waitress clock out in between customers because she’s getting paid to wait on customers and the restaurant is empty. Do you see where I’m going here- yes- you are all being incredibly ridiculous!
    Overtime for fire fighters and police is just part of keeping your community safe. If you start cutting back on services that literally save your life and expect a professional fire fighter or police officer to put their life on the line, every minute of everyday. without getting paid- you are incredibly insane! I commend Jeff Broberg for rallying his community and educating the community with his article and being professional. As far as Mr. Slattery goes, maybe your community should cut back on his salary. Seems he gets paid a huge salary for posting his personal commentary on tax payers time. Mr. Slattery should sling his mud somewhere else, not at the professionals who save lives, property and community assets.


    • Mac Towner says:

      Spoken like a true member of our local firefighters union.


      • Cheryl H says:

        No Mac, I’m not a firefighter, in fact, I don’t even live in Humboldt County. I enjoy vacationing in Humboldt County and can’t imagine if a devastating fire should ruin the beauty of this national treasure. I think the community is being incredibly stupid to even think about reducing the pay/hours of any fire fighter.
        Hey Mac: would you risk your life to fight fires and save human beings? What is a life worth? What is your life worth? What is your family’s lives worth? What is the community’s lives worth? What is your house worth? What are your life’s treasures worth? You really need to think about it. The day will come when everyone will personally experience, first hand, the importance of the fire department.


  6. Carolyn says:

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying this



    The real question is why did corrupt right-wing idiot Lee Ulansey FLEE to Hawaii?

    Anything you’d care to share with the Humboldt County blogosphere, Lee? Or perhaps with Humboldt County law enforcement officials? Yes, we’re talking to you, creepy Lee.


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