San Bernadino California

One day, they hope the Tripadvisor reviews no longer begin: “Hookers, crack, blood and bullet holes.”

San Bernardino: Broken City

“…As the economy unspooled, the police and fire unions kept shoveling money into council members’ campaigns. In 2008, over Morris’ objections, the council gave them a generous gift. Employees of the Police and Fire Departments could retire at 50 years old and their pensions would give them 3% of their final pay for every year they had worked.

A fire battalion chief making $148,000, could retire at that age and collect $133,000 a year for life — with increases for cost of living.

By 2012 the city was spending 72% of its general fund on the Police and Fire Departments, mostly on salaries and pensions — compared to Los Angeles, which spends 59% of its general fund on those services. More than half the sworn fire personnel earn more than $150,000 a year according to city records.”


Wynne is leading Ontario to this same fate.

  • This is exactly what happens when public service unions get too powerful, and politicians want to get re-elected.

    • Welcome to Ontario.

      • terrence

        And BC

      • DMB

        And Alberta.

    • Alain

      It is also why public service unions should not be allowed at all. In private business management cannot negotiate union agreements with other people’s money, therefore excessive and unreasonable union demands cannot be met without killing the business/company. Those negotiating public sector agreements with a union are not dealing with their own money and end up granting the most ridiculous and excessive union demands. Since they have no personal stack in the matter they never have to face the consequences of their actions. This is bad enough, but when you add allowing public sector unions to participate in politics as we have in Canada, you throw the concept of democracy under the bus.

      • And look at how well “neutral” arbitration has worked;)

        • Alain

          Based on personal experience I can confirm it is never “neutral”, so your point is well made.

  • Hard Little Machine

    SanBerdoo’s been a messed up fringe place on the edges of civilization for a long time. It’s the birthplace of biker crank.

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  • Exile1981

    When you allow unions to spend money on political campaigns then of course the politicians who are receiving that largess will turn around and give the unions everything they ask for.
    Politicians are like crack whores, they will give anything and allow anything to happen as long as the unions keep giving them their hit.

    • Whores run our Province.

      • Exile1981

        Not just whores but crack whores. Those ones will do anything for a hit.

  • simus1

    Competing with Zimbabwe in the corruption sweeps and obviously San B is a very serious competitor. When you realize this is all happening with totally fake low interest rates, it doesn’t take an Einstein to see this will all end in hyperinflation and total ruin for ordinary people.

    • God help us. The world is a Ponzi scheme.

      • simus1


    • Exile1981

      Diapers and politicians need to be changed frequently… and often for the same reason.

      • Yup term limits need to imposed as well as a limit to the number of bureaucrats and departments. An end to discretionary spending by government also has be enacted.

        • Alain

          I would add to term limits that at the end of the term, the politician would not be able to then run for a different level of government. Now they jump from one level to the next (federal, provincial, city) therefore allowing for professional politicians.

      • Alain

        LOL I got to remember this one.

        • Exile1981

          It’s actually a famous quote by Mark Twain.

          • Alain

            Thanks for the info.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Thunderless Bay is headed in that direction.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I interviewed for a job at the Valhalla Inn almost twenty years ago.
      They flew me in on a WestJet flight.
      Thank Christ I didn’t get it.
      Would have been stuck there.
      And I never would have gone back to school and changed careers.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That, and filling their city full of Mexicans on welfare likely didn’t help any.