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Food and Dining / Re: Starbucks Rewards Program
« Last post by eyephone on Today at 04:13:51 PM »
I actually have 2.  Lol

Interesting incentives too. Different offers on the 2 accounts.

It's a beautiful thing. Free refills on certain drinks. Also, earn free drinks.
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Water Cooler / Government/City High Salaries
« Last post by eyephone on Today at 02:38:04 PM »
Do government employees deserve to get paid "Mega" bucks? (It's all subjective)

California state psychiatrist $822K, CHP officer $484k
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-12-11/-822-000-worker-shows-california-leads-u-s-pay-giveaway



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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Who's buying?
« Last post by WTTCHMN on Today at 01:38:57 PM »
Lets all be honest and forget trying to be PC.  Fire/cops make a ton of money for the work they do.  They (the union) capitalize and prey on peoples fears claiming public safety concerns to increase their funding and their pay.  Their salaries and benefits are an enormous drain on most city and county funds, thus taking away from other public programs including education, infrastructure, etc and leading to rises in our taxes. 

People claim these guys deserve all this but I doubt most people know what their pays and benefits are really.  We have fire/cops making 250K a year, retiring in the early 50's, making 90% of their pay in pensions (which are often much higher than their average annual salaries due to pension loading), and then on top of that they have the DROP program, which is literally double dipping on pay and pension as the SAME time.

Sure these guys are in danger(sometimes), but people make it seem like they are getting shot or getting burned to death every day.  Seriously when was the last fire you saw in your neighborhood?  (btw most forest fires are fought by hot shot crews who get paid a fraction of most fire fighters).  The truth is that fire/cops are not even in the top 10 of dangerous jobs.  Construction workers, fishermen, trashmen, farmers, truck drivers, miners and many other blue collar jobs are much much more dangerous than fire or cops.  Yet their pays are a FRACTION of cops/fire.  Furthermore if salaries were commensurated with how dangerous a job is, would you expect Irvine cops get paid minimum wage since its SUPER safe in Irvine? 

Lets be honest, most of these guys went into fire/police because for their situation the pay/benefits were the best.  Like someone mentioned before, they are not "putting their lives on the line" for altruism.  If you truly believe that, lets bring down pay/benefits to non-egregious levels and see if we still have thousands of people applying for one job and see if we still have cheating/nepotism in our fire departments.

BTW my opinion in this matter is not limited to cops and fire, but rather with most county/city employees who are over paid such as those thieves at the DWP,  So please do not think I have it out for jsut fire/cops.  I simply have an issue with public funds being misused.

250k??  More like 350k instead:
http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2013/irvine/maggard-david/

But I'd rather be Irvine's city manager:
http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2013/irvine/joyce-sean/
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Food and Dining / Re: Junk fooding
« Last post by qwerty on Today at 01:26:46 PM »
Holsteins at SCP opens on Monday.
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The OH folks need to assemble in numbers the way Columbus square residents at TUSD and city council meetings. There were several people in Columbus square who where very passionate and spearheaded the effort. Though city council meetings probably don't make sense for OH residents since they are irvine residents
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I don't live within TUSD's boundaries, but it looks like all of these discussions need to be taken one step further. It is in the best interest to find an OH resident, or Legacy now, who has some experience with K-12 education and have them seek a seat on school board. Otherwise keep commenting, but don't expect any meaningful change.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Who's buying?
« Last post by jmoney74 on Today at 12:49:19 PM »
And if you say this in public they bully you politically
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Who's buying?
« Last post by hello on Today at 12:43:18 PM »
Lets all be honest and forget trying to be PC.  Fire/cops make a ton of money for the work they do.  They (the union) capitalize and prey on peoples fears claiming public safety concerns to increase their funding and their pay.  Their salaries and benefits are an enormous drain on most city and county funds, thus taking away from other public programs including education, infrastructure, etc and leading to rises in our taxes. 

People claim these guys deserve all this but I doubt most people know what their pays and benefits are really.  We have fire/cops making 250K a year, retiring in the early 50's, making 90% of their pay in pensions (which are often much higher than their average annual salaries due to pension loading), and then on top of that they have the DROP program, which is literally double dipping on pay and pension as the SAME time.

Sure these guys are in danger(sometimes), but people make it seem like they are getting shot or getting burned to death every day.  Seriously when was the last fire you saw in your neighborhood?  (btw most forest fires are fought by hot shot crews who get paid a fraction of most fire fighters).  The truth is that fire/cops are not even in the top 10 of dangerous jobs.  Construction workers, fishermen, trashmen, farmers, truck drivers, miners and many other blue collar jobs are much much more dangerous than fire or cops.  Yet their pays are a FRACTION of cops/fire.  Furthermore if salaries were commensurated with how dangerous a job is, would you expect Irvine cops get paid minimum wage since its SUPER safe in Irvine? 

Lets be honest, most of these guys went into fire/police because for their situation the pay/benefits were the best.  Like someone mentioned before, they are not "putting their lives on the line" for altruism.  If you truly believe that, lets bring down pay/benefits to non-egregious levels and see if we still have thousands of people applying for one job and see if we still have cheating/nepotism in our fire departments.

BTW my opinion in this matter is not limited to cops and fire, but rather with most county/city employees who are over paid such as those thieves at the DWP,  So please do not think I have it out for jsut fire/cops.  I simply have an issue with public funds being misused.   
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Who's buying?
« Last post by eyephone on Today at 11:25:53 AM »
I would thank the cops and firefighters for making Irvine one of the safest cities in America, thus keeping the land values high. They should get their fair cut for keeping our property values in-tack.

you have it backwards, the cops dont have anything to do with making irvine safe. its the high income residents/schools that drive the property value up and keep the riff-raff out as test likes to say.

Not going to get into all up on the cops/firefighter/service and bureaucracy boat. But I do notice 90% of the time Irvine PD has someone pulled over (Sand Canyon north of 5), it's usually some run down jenky car (like peeling paint or bad faded after mkt paint job)......

But you just did....get involve  ;)

Hahah, just trying to comment if cops do indeed keep out the riff raff or it's just the home values/area itself. Now, back to the topic!

So what is the topic? Who has money to buy and what do people do for work?
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Who's buying?
« Last post by jumpinjacks on Today at 11:24:03 AM »
I would thank the cops and firefighters for making Irvine one of the safest cities in America, thus keeping the land values high. They should get their fair cut for keeping our property values in-tack.

you have it backwards, the cops dont have anything to do with making irvine safe. its the high income residents/schools that drive the property value up and keep the riff-raff out as test likes to say.

Not going to get into all up on the cops/firefighter/service and bureaucracy boat. But I do notice 90% of the time Irvine PD has someone pulled over (Sand Canyon north of 5), it's usually some run down jenky car (like peeling paint or bad faded after mkt paint job)......

But you just did....get involve  ;)

Hahah, just trying to comment if cops do indeed keep out the riff raff or it's just the home values/area itself. Now, back to the topic!
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