"Consider the similar wish list of small ideas suburban Westchester County has proposed for its stimulus package as reported in the New York Times: updating sewage treatment plants, buying hybrid buses and reducing Westchester’s toll on the environment by replacing energy systems, lights, and windows in county buildings, and upgrading traffic signals. Sound familiar? These sorts of projects may keep city employees fully employed and pensions fully funded but do little for the long run of the city."
Westchester is not Pasadena but how ironic that our county lawmakers catch such a negative tag clear across the United States.
Yes ... We googled "Westchester County" and one of the first news stories mentioning our county government was clear across the county in California. That's how notorious the highest taxed county in the United States has become.
These sorts of projects may keep county employees fully employed and pensions fully funded but do little for the long run for the county. They make for great press releases for Westchester County Executive Andy Spano but it's an attempt to seek federal bailout money to subsidize other fiscal problems.
"The amount, timing, and millstones that will be involved with any Federal stimulus package that might filter down to Pasadena have not been definitively decided upon yet. Hopefully, what will trickle down to Pasadena will be in the form of a block grant that local governments can target to the unique needs of each city. But it would behoove Pasadena to begin a forward planning process given that President Obama has rightly emphasized the importance of infrastructure which typically takes significant lead time to implement."
Suggestion: Start with the Tappan Zee Bridge, which State and County lawmakers have been entirely slow to make "shovel ready" -- thus leaving it ineligible to get any monies from Congress within this version of the federal bailout.