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Referendum – The Utility Users Tax The only reason that Measure N is on the ballot is because this [Glendale City Council] and previous councils have approved and given outrageous salaries and outrageous retirement pension benefits year after year after year to CALPERS union city employees. The repeal of the Utility Users Tax is a referendum on our city government. It is David vs. Goliath. Little David is a band of citizen soldiers using email, social media, walking neighborhoods handing out literature, putting out yard signs and asking the public for campaign donations, taking on Goliath, the larger city elite establishment and how the elite establishment is using fear to hide greed. Albert Einstein said three forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. Stupidity: The elite establishment fools the public by using (reportedly at least)  $50,000 of taxpayers’ money to reach 200,000 residents in a repeated one-sided message in slanted opinion mailers inserted in our GWP bills and newspapers and using school children as mail carriers, TV, etc. The bigger the lie … the more people believe it! Fear: They say cutting taxes will drastically reduce city services. Greed: The truth is the elite establishment loves your money. In 2014, 756 city employees earned annually between $100,000 and $300,000 in salary with outrageous retirement pensions for life at age 50/55! Who among us non-government workers have these benefits? Why in 2014 was the median pay and benefits income of a Glendale city employee 83% higher than a full-time employed Glendale resident? The Stanford Institute For Economic Policy Research estimates Glendale pension debt at $1.4 billion. Current bond debt (borrowed money) to our children is $1.6 billion. In 2016, City Manager Scott Ochoa’s salary and benefits [equaled] $354,000.  Assistant City Manager Jasmine Beers in 2015 [had] salary and benefits of $251,000, a job classification change from eight to 12 and given an additional $4,000 per month for doing exactly the same job, bringing her annual salary and benefits to $299,000. To put this into perspective, the Governor of California’s salary and benefits are $212,640. We do not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. Mike Mohill Glendale

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