To fix this, city council voted to impeach President Trump.
How does this fix things?
But gee, it feels good.
First the reality Richmond residents face.
From the San Francisco Business Times:
The City of Richmond is one of six distressed municipalities at risk of bankruptcy, a state auditor has found, despite having cut 20 percent of its workforce, eliminating neighborhood cleanups and ending buying new library books.
The reason? A ballooning commitment to fund its outstanding pensions.
"Payments for employee pensions, pension-related debt and retiree health care have climbed from $25 million to $44 million in the last five years, outpacing all other expenses," KQED reports."By 2021, retirement expenses could exceed $70 million — 41 percent of the city’s general fund."
Richmond is attempting to reach those thresholds but has cut 20 percent of its city workforce since 2008 and is now following the recommendation of financial consultants that created a plan to make the city profitable by 2021.
But included in that is fewer city services and jobs, and a new four-year contract with firefighters that puts in a salary freeze — and requires each firefighter to pay $4,800 a year toward retirement health care. Police union members have agreed to a similar contribution.
"Richmond is especially hard hit by personnel costs because of high salaries for public employees. The city’s average salary of $92,000 for its 938 employees was fifth highest in California as of 2015, according to the state controller. The city’s median household income is $54,857," KQED reports.Under such circumstances, the city should just dissolve.
But it won't. Instead the town fathers (and mothers) are pushing impeachment.
Richmond City Council says it has become the first city in the country to go on record in support of impeachment hearings for President Trump.
The council acknowledged how unusual it was to call for the president's impeachment. He's been in office for only a month, but the vote was unanimous.
"Unfortunately with this president it's oddly appropriate," said Richmond City Councilmember Jael Myrick.
Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin spearheaded the resolution, which calls congress to investigate the president's business holdings, something his critics believe are grounds for impeachment. "This is our voice," she said. "This is our country. We have a right to speak up."
Even in this progressive city, there was one vocal Trump supporter who was eventually thrown out for swearing at the council.
"Actually you don't have a voice because the GOP controls Congress and you people are stupid enough to think Congress will impeach Trump," said Richmond resident Mark Wassberg.Town residents should dump city council.
And the quickest way to do that is move out of Richmond.
I have a feeling, thousands have already.
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