From Roger Gitlin’s Facebook posting – May 15, 2018 –
Let me say, I support a sister-city program but I think we need to prioritize our needs.
In May, the Crescent City Council voted 4-0 to send FOUR employees of the City, Mayor Blake Inscore, Councilmember Darrin Short, City Finance Director Linda Lever, and City Manager Eric Wier to Rikuzentakata, Japan at a cost of approximately $3000 each ($12,000 total)and at CITY cost to sign the Sister-City Agreement. The vote for this expenditure was supported by Councillors Heidi Kime, Darrin Short, Alex Fallman, and Mayor Blake Inscore. Jason Greenough was absent from this meeting. I write this post not as the sitting County supervisor on District 1, but as a City resident. My City complains it has no room to provide improvement in funding for essential services, no money to provide decent raises to our City Police officers where vacancies currently exist because of paltry wages, no 1/2 cost part-time blight officer as each candidate who ran in 2016
(Kime, Fallman, and Greenough) promised each would support. No funding for homeless no additional funding for streets’ improvement, and a whole host of other prioities our City residents deserve and need desperately.
BUT THE CITY OF CRESCENT CITY HAS $12,000 TO SEND FOUR PEOPLE TO JAPAN on a good will gesture. Am I the only one outraged by this expenditure?
What is the greater good of sending Blake Inscore and THREE others to Japan for the third time.
Those FOUR on the Council (Kime, Short, Fallman, and Inscore) ought to be ashamed of themselves.
And up for re-election, Chris Howard will take $3000 from our desperately tight County budget to make a cameo appearance in Japan for this signing. No additional $ for blight improvement, no additional $ for South Del Norte econonmy, and a whole bunch of other County needs
Please someone justify this expense.