Why is city unwilling to negotiate?

Dear Editor,
I just read your opinion on

Binding Arbitration

in which you mention that the city should take this issue to the
voters.
The firefighters and the city cannot come to an agreement, so
are the voters suppose to vote on the binding arbitration or the
firefighters contract?
Dear Editor,

I just read your opinion on “Binding Arbitration” in which you mention that the city should take this issue to the voters.

The firefighters and the city cannot come to an agreement, so are the voters suppose to vote on the binding arbitration or the firefighters contract? The firefighters are willing to sit down with an arbitrator, why is the city afraid? It seems to me, that it is a 50/50 proposition.

In the same article, you mention all these great things the city has given to both the firefighters and police officers including, of course, the new fire truck which cost $650,000. I think the fire truck belongs to the city. The firefighters use it to put out fires. What are we suppose to give them, water pistols?

Of course the police department is getting a new police station. We, the taxpayers, gave the city the money to build it. The police station does not belong to the police officers, they just use it. In both cases you are trying to imply that they benefit personally. They cannot take a loan against the police station or the fire truck, or trade it in on a car.

Last but not least, the city keeps saying that all the new stores going in on the east side are going to help the tax base.

This city is not having any financial problems – sit down and negotiate with the

firefighters, what are you afraid of?

Ray Celeste, Gilroy

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