President's message February
How's your New Year going so far? I hope wonderfully! If you are in San Diego the weather at least couldn't have been much better - though some additional snow-pack certainly is needed! Maybe we should consider changing the REA dues structure so that out of State members send a gallon or two of water each month instead of dues?
Our January speaker, Mike Zucchet showed remarkable skill and ability to inform us about a wide variety of issues and challenges for public employees. There really is a lot of bashing of public employees and defined benefit pensions from local to State and Federal moneyed interests. REA will continue to partner with SDMEA and other organizations to be vigilant, to keep you informed, and to be ready to respond as best we can to attacks, yes attacks, to the benefits we've earned and to the pride we have in our prior services to our community.
The REA Board completed its annual retreat to review 2013 and plans for 2014 and beyond. Thank you to all of the Board members and associates who were able to participate! We are restructuring the processes for running the General Membership meetings; look for some interesting speakers and activities as the calendar of events gets worked out over the next few weeks.
The Board has decided not to formally endorse a candidate for Mayor for the February run-off election between City Council members Kevin Faulconer (Republican) and David Alvarez (Democrat). This decision was not made because it doesn't make any difference who gets elected! Faulconer supported Prop. B, is supportive for contracting City services in spite of the poor history for such choices, and continues support for efforts to reduce pensions and healthcare for active and retired City employees. Alvarez holds opposing positions making my choice very clear. This is a so-called off-year election; the pundits seem to think that our age-group is likely to vote Conservative/Republican - maybe we can help show that we make our own choices - being a Senior Citizen doesn't mean being a conservative Republican. Mine choice is Alvarez. So, I and the Board are encouraging you to do your diligence, make your choice and get out to vote.
And, REA is likely to be seeking professional-type public relations, PR, services for countering U-T and other bashing of public services. Do you have expertise in this area from your former or current work? Would you lend your experience, ideas, talents to help us with this effort? Let me know; let's talk.