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Letter: 'Qualifed, Capable City Council'

Piedmont resident Jamie Totsubo writes that the city is lucky to have "possibly the best qualified and most capable group of people on the city council to deal with current budgetary issues."

Editor's note: Jamie Totsubo notes, "Below is a copy of a comment I submitted on your website in response to a letter from Ms. Quenneville regarding measure Y."

Editor:

We are so lucky to live in a city where intelligent, caring and dedicated people volunteer their time to make our lives better and easier. We are also very fortunate to have possibly the best qualified and most capable group of people on the Council to deal with our current budgetary issues: John Chiang is a CPA, CFO and finance executive for over 30 years for major companies including Pacific National Bank, MetLife, Bank of America, Arthur Andersen & Co.; Margaret Fujioka is an attorney who worked as a Deputy City Attorney in the City of Oakland for over 18 years and has advised Oakland Council Members, departments, boards and commissions on a wide variety of legal issues; Garrett Keating is a research scientist with a PhD from Cornell; Jeff Wieler has 30 years of corporate and non-profit financial management experience and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School  and Bob McBain is a retired financial executive and was a member of the 2011 Municipal Tax Review Committee. All but one were elected twice by the citizenry, so they clearly have the support of the majority.

Our City Council knows exactly what the situation is with our budget and have made prudent cuts in sometimes difficult situations. Even if you disagree, don't hurt our city by denying it the parcel tax revenues. If we fail to pass measure Y, the cuts on services will necessarily begin. As Vice-Mayor Fujioka wrote, it is just arithmetic. Plain and simple common sense. Vote yes on Y.

Jamie Totsubo
Piedmont 

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David Cohen November 02, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I thought that Ms. Fujioka said that it was all about congeniality.
Eric Lindquist November 02, 2012 at 05:45 PM
We are fortunate to have qualified, experienced volunteers on our City Council. Why aren't they fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilty-- to assure long term fiscal soundness for Piedmont? Why does the Council proclaim the value of a two tier retirement plan when it will not have any impact for years and has absolutely no impact on the $40,000,000 ($10,000 per Piedmont household) unfunded reirement liability? Why didn't the City Council follow the advice of qualified, experienced volunteers on the Planning Commission that unanimously voted against the development of Blair Park? Why has the City Council ignored the recommendations forwarded by the LWV Undergrounding Task Force? Why has't the City Council addressed the issues that were identified by the MTRC? It's time for some answers from our City Council. Demand fiduciary and fiscal responsibilty and send the message loud and clear. Vote No on Measure Y.

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