Safety Harbor City Council Candidates and paying at least $10.10 per hour to employees

On January 31st I set out to ask Carlos Diaz, Ray Irvin, Dean Harmeson and Andy Zodrow the following questions:

“What do you think of being sure every Safety Harbor employee makes at least $10.10 per hour? What do you think of requiring every contractor to at least pay their employees $10.10 per hour if they work for Safety Harbor? I am asking everyone that is running to answer these important questions that should have been asked at the meeting. Thanks, Stephen”

I was able to contact all the candidates on Facebook with mixed results.

So here are the results in Scorecard format: Carlos Diaz 0, Ray Irvin 1/2, Dean Harmason 0 and Andy Zodrow 1/2

Why the scores?  Both Ray Irvin and Andy Zodrow received partial credit for responding to my requests.  Both Carlos Diaz and Dean Harmason received the questions and totally ignored me.  All perhaps a window into the future of our City Council.

Ray Irwin stated ” if there is a minimum wage law passed in FL. It will come from the state legislature, not local governments” which I interpret as “if the law tells us to, we will”.  I see nowhere in his statement that he would personally be supportive of a minimum of $10.10 per hour for all Safety Harbor Employees nor would he be in favor of requiring contractors with the city to pay $10.10 per hour.  See the entire comment at my website.

Andy Zodrow stated ” I am generally in favor of the Federal government raising the minimum wage right now.”  But when it came to $10.10 for city employees or contractors he hedged with words like “review” and “consider alternatives”.  See the entire comment at my website.

Matt Spoor, Safety Harbor City Manager informed me all full time city employees make more than the $10.10 per hour and only six of 44 part-time employees make less (four library aides at $8.81 and two leisure services timekeepers at $7.93 per hour).

Time to vote!  My guess is not any one of these four would push for let alone vote for the enforcement of a minimum of $10.10 per hour for all City of Safety Harbor employees nor would they ever consider making it a requirement for city contractors.  And $10.10 per hour just might be enough to take someone just above the poverty line.  Hard choices here but please do vote.

NOTES:  Here is the entire reply from Ray Irvin:  “I’m sure if there is a minimum wage law passed in FL. It will come from the state legislature, not local governments, I don’t believe there is anyone in our city making less than $10.10 per hour full time, in addition city employees receive medical benefits for their families, there was an effort this year to reduce dental and some family care in an effort to reduce costs to the city, I drafted the Fin. Comm. statement in the form of a motion to the Commission not to pursue those cuts and they amended their plan and didn’t make the cuts. If elected I will look into it and see where we are on the wage issue. Thank You.”

Here is the entire reply from Andy Zodrow:  ” Stephen, thank you for the opportunity to respond to the questions you posed last week. On Friday, as I prepared my response, we attempted to contact City Manager Matt Spoor to get more information. While I have not yet had an opportunity to speak with him directly, I can tell you that I am generally in favor of the Federal government raising the minimum wage right now. That said, I can’t really comment on the $10.10 per hour minimum for every City employee, as I would need to review more closely the current City salaries & benefits, the City budget and how an hourly rate change would affect City revenue. With regard to your second question about City contractors / vendors, there may already be policies & procedures in place that address this issue and I would want to review those before I could comment or begin to consider alternatives. I apologize that I can’t give you something more definitive, but the reality is that in order to answer these two questions adequately and in a fully informed manner, I would need more information. Again, having said that, I am generally in favor of the raising the minimum wage.”

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Candidates for Mayor of Safety Harbor and $10.10 per hour

On January 31st I set out to ask Nancy Besore, Joe Ayoub and Andy Steingold the following questions:

“What do you think of being sure every Safety Harbor employee makes at least $10.10 per hour? What do you think of requiring every contractor to at least pay their employees $10.10 per hour if they work for Safety Harbor? I am asking everyone that is running to answer these important questions that should have been asked at the meeting. Thanks, Stephen”

I found all three candidates on Facebook and Nancy Besore was already a FB friend.  On Saturday February 1st Joe Ayoub accepted me on FB and I immediately asked him the two questions above.

I did not hear from Andy Steingold either on FB or off FB.  He did not answer my friend request.  We have 19 mutual friends and I asked anyone that knows Andy to please ask him to accept my friend request.  The 19 friends were invited to ask him to respond in mt FB post of January 31st. -Nothing!

So here are the  results:  In scorecard format Besore 1, Ayoub 0 and Steingold 0

Why?  Nancy Besore answered the questions within 24 hours with “Sounds solid to me!”; Joe Ayoub never answered the questions and Andy Steingold avoided even hearing the questions.

Most interesting is the fact I asked Matt Spoor the City Manager how many city employees make less than $10.10 per hour and there are only six part-time employees with two at $7.93 and four at $8.81 per hour.

Both Joe and Andy have played with a lot of numbers to attack each other with but neither would make a statement regarding a basic wage floor.  Nancy Besore was willing to state her point of view.  I think I will vote for her.

Stephen J Collins
Safety Harbor Resident since 2002

 

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I voted for Reagan twice!

Message board for my front yard:

I voted for Reagan twice!

Obama is more like Reagan than any other national politician today.

Get Informed – Turn Off the FOX lies.

www.vote411.org

 

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Rod Smith Must Resign!

Make a message board for your front yard to read like this:

Rod Smith Must Resign
He co-sponsored “Stand Your Ground”
A law we did not need or want.
Smith still supports the law!
He has no right to lead
the Democratic Party
In Florida – Fire him!

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White Board – Our Forefathers lost their teeth

Our Forefathers lost their teeth in their 20’s

Due to no fluoride in their water!

Died In their 30’s and 40’s

Due to Gum disease and no health plan!

Owned Slaves and controlled women

Let’s not go back to the founders rules!

 

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WhiteBoard The Best Thing…

The Best Thing that happened to “US” in the last century was not putting a man on the moon.

It was “The Pill” and “Now” we need to put women in power in our states and our country.  They will not be lead by the Koch Brothers $48 Billion!

Urge women to run for office and then vote them in.  We need them!

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Uncontrolled Oil Speculation is 20 to 35% of your gas costs

I have been bothered about the uncontrolled oil speculation for some time.  The below paragraph is key to why more than 20 percent of the price and maybe as much as 35 percent of the price of gas currently is due purely to speculation.

January 21, 1993. Wendy Gramm makes first major move to deregulate oil speculation. “On the final day of the [George H.W.] Bush administration, January 21, 1993, [CFTC chairwoman] Wendy Gramm … approved the rule exempting key energy futures contracts from government regulation and returned a great chunk of the energy market to the grand old days of unregulated futures trading,” writes author Antonia Juhasz in the book Tyranny of Oil. The move mirrored the demands made by Koch’s lobbying coalition, The Energy Group. Gramm, the wife of then-Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX), leaves the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and a month later joins the board of directors of Enron.  See the entire write-up at http://thinkprogress.org/report/koch-oil-speculation/?mobile=nc

I believe the riches earned through this deregulation provide the funds the Koch brothers are using to tear apart our society.  How sad.  How wrong.

What can we do to change the focus back to America helping Americans to learn, grow healthier and smarter and to help attain a safe and stable world?

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Another New sign for your front yard

New sign for your front yard:
Republicans Finally Have A Jobs Plan!
Eliminate Birth Control Pills
Eliminate Abortion
Get Women Pregnant
Make women stay home and raise large families
Give their jobs to men!
Go Republicans!

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New Sign for your front yard

STOCK MARKET:

Under Reagan/Bush I and Bush II

LOST $347.27

Under Clinton/Obama

GAINED $12,300.67

Dow Jones Industrial average on Feb 16, 2012 = $12,904.08

Thank you Democrats!

 

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Emailed to St Pete Times – Lie Of the Year is ITSELF A LIE!

I can’t tell you how wrong you are and what damage you can do when you sacrifice truth for selling the paper!

Your article was very wrong and again takes phrases and twists them any why you want.  Please see the article at http://mediamatters.org/print/blog/201112200016 as just one article that over and over shows how wrong you are.

The sign that goes up in my front yard tomorrow will read:

ST. PETE TIMES

Politifact.com

“Lie Of The Year”

IS ITSELF A LIE!

Go to: www.mediamatters.org/print/blog/201112200016

TIME TO FIRE PAUL TASH, CEO

& President OF St. Pete Times Before

The Whole Paper is TRASH!

And it will go to my blog, my facebook and emailed to others.

You should apologize to the 99% and your readers for adding this to the trash we have to put up with from the 1% that now controls most media because they have stolen all the money that should have paid for the wars and to reset the economy the 1% ruined and we lowly taxpayers rescued!

Shame on you.

Stephen Collins

Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Stephen@NoLongerSilentMajority.us

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