On February 18 I attended an excellent lecture by Bruce Banco, chairman of the City of Pacifica Financial Services Task Force. The lecture improved my understanding of our town's dire situation and the various things we might do about it. The first two options Banco spoke of are the only ones I might consider. The half-cent sales tax increase impacts poorer people more than rich ones, but it is revenue that the state can't rob us of. I also think that the poor people and the rest of the 99 percent who have to pay it will benefit more from its passage than they are paying in increased sales tax. It is the sausages of politics. The second suggestion—outsourcing the Pacifica Police Department—was something I have opposed in the past. A woman in the audience who has worked on consolidation of several police forces in Southern California said that it had worked well down south. Banco pointed out that several Northern California jurisdictions had consolidated law enforcement and saved some serious money by doing so. A representative of the police department came to the fore and pointed out that our local police officers have an understanding of the local demography that makes them better at what they do than our county sheriff's department would be. Somebody pointed out that in virtually all previous law enforcement consolidations, police personnel with expertise in particular towns or neighborhoods were hired by the larger entity and assigned to their neighborhoods of expertise. I am for either of the first two of the task force suggestions. To paraphrase Banco: We need to do something we don't like. Which of these alternatives is least distasteful?