By Lionel Emde, Riptide Correspondent
Venturing outside of our insular community, I happened upon the neighboring community of San Bruno, where city staff actually provides information to city council that (gasp!) is in context. What is that? It is knowing what other communities charge for basic services, for example.
So in perusing the San Bruno City Council agenda packet for March 13, 2012, I happened upon some interesting charts.
Pacifica, as illustrated on the chart Monthly Single Family Residential Sewer Rate Survey, Feb. 2012, pays the third-highest sewer rates in two counties (San Mateo and San Francisco).
With the current 11.14 percent increase proposed by the City of Pacifica, and an unknown increase that will be apparent next year, we could well vault into the number two spot.
In water rates, Pacifica is only fifth-highest in three counties (San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara). We're going to have to try harder in that category.
And then there are the garbage collection rates: Pacifica has the second-highest residential collection rates in San Mateo County, and has the highest commercial garbage collection rates. The lie being propagated is that because we have less commercial collection, we pay more. In fact, we subsidize garbage collection south of Devil's Slide, where residents of Montara, El Granada, and Moss Beach pay half as much as we do for garbage collection from the same company, trucks, and employees.
Maybe our opaque style of governance should change?