It’s been a while since I last wrote anything here.
I was honored by the author of “History of Palestine,” William R. Polk, to be allowed to publish his three part article on my website.
To be honest, part of the reason I haven’t written anything since is because of Mr. William R. Polk’s article. His work is so profound that I found it hard to follow his work and stand close to his shadow.
Honestly, it was intimidating.
Life has had its share of “La Vida Loca” interspersed into my own and consequently by giving Mr. Polk’s article plenty of time to headline my most recent post, I have been going about my life, working and living one day at a time.
I am posting John Stevenson’s letter because I think it may ring true.
However, I require the assistance of you technocrats out there who can dissect this suggestion by Mr. John Stevenson.
There’s a comment section on this web page that will allow for any counter proposal, suggestion or comment.
John is a Heavy Duty Mechanic for the City of Los Angeles who forwarded me an interesting proposal and I would like those technocrats out there who can chew this idea and digest it to get back to us and give the rest of us some feedback.
Charles Doakes forwarded another job opportunity source to LookLifeAndTimes.Com which will be posted in the Job Opportunity Category:
City of Los Angeles Contract negotiations are in a holding pattern as the Thanksgiving Holiday are upon us, both City and Labor (seven Unions) mesh proposed contracts for the City to review and either confer, counter or decide upon one way or another on conceivably hundreds of proposed changes being submitted to the City by the Coalition.
The Coalition has seven Union staff’s with legal counsel while the City of Los Angeles has one staff team and one legal counsel team.
I would compare it to one major league professional sport team playing against seven major league sport teams combined in rotation against the same City team.
I understand the process is exhausting for everyone directly involved.
I would urge patience and perseverance.
Good things come to those who wait.
My Thanksgiving Holiday message is this:
Let us count our Blessings every day, let us hope and pray for our families, friends, neighbors and humanity which is in a world of turmoil and a planet that is in grave danger.
And last but not least,
Bless the children who are not going to inherit this world as we found it
but rather as we are leaving it for them
in an ecological quagmire.
From: John Stevenson, Heavy Duty Mechanic
General Services – Fleet Services
City of Los Angeles
I just sent this text message to Bob Schoonover. Why does my paycheck state that the city pays for $1300 a month [$599.08 bi-weekly] for my health-care & I get the crappiest plan Blue offers in regards to doctors, $15 copay & a $100 charge to go to a hospital?
But yet when I go to “Covered California” & browse their plans, I can get the Anthem Blue Cross “Platinum 90” plan which has a zero deductible, zero co pay, zero hospital emergency fee & a whole list of killer doctors & top notch medical facilities all for $1105 a month??
Why doesn’t the city just cut us a check every month that way we can take care of our own health-care?
Not only that…if they’re looking to cut costs on our Heathcare….I just showed you a clear 15% savings.
Isn’t that what Garcetti is looking for?
Cut us a check & it’s a win-win.
I’ve explained this to Bob Schoonover TWICE now already.
I used to work for DWP for 9 months in 2011. When I came back to General Services, I brought my IBEW Local 18 sponsored/Blue Shield plan benefits book to show him what IBEW Local 18 workers for DWP get. They get Blue Shields “Cadillac” plan with a ZERO copay, ZERO deductible, & ZERO hospital emergency fee. PLUS….they had a chiropractic benefit AND they get a free body scan (an $800 CT scan) every year!!
And now I see why… Brian D’Arcy being the smart guy he is went to the city & said “give me the money you’re paying for healthcare & I’ll work a deal with Blue Cross to get a special package rate & provide my members with BETTER healthcare coverage…..& I’ll save the city some money too!!”
I had suspected all along that we were overpaying these companies like Kaiser & Blue Cross….but now you can see it for yourself.
Just look at your paycheck.
Look at the “city paid benefits” that the city pays for us.
Look at the “health ins”.
Take that amount & times it by 26 (for 26 pay periods a year) and then you’ll get a gross number. Divide that by 12 & then you have how much you can spend on your healthcare per month.
Mine was $599.08 x 12 = $15, 576.08 total for the year. $15, 576.08 / 12 = $1298 per month.
Now go to “Covered California’s” website.
Enter your income, how many people you’re wanting to cover, their ages, and compare.
Go to this link here:
and compare Both Kaisers “Cadillac” plan & Blue Shields “Cadillac” plan were around $1100 or less for me, my wife & 4 year old daughter.
And if you wanted to pay a deductible, the plans could/would drop down as far as $700 a month.
So for the city & Garcetti to be crying about the excessive costs of healthcare, seems to be a self inflicted wound that just goes to show you clearly….none of the city managers have really done their homework on the subject.
Heavy Equipment Mechanic
General Services / Fleet Services
City of Los Angeles
Guys, I would like to add that in my opinion, this letter demonstrates to you an example of the quality minds that we have here in the City of Los Angeles.
I have to take exception with Mr. Stevenson on point and that is how not only did “….none of the city managers have really done their homework on the subject.”
But neither did the Unions, any of us individually or collectively.
If Mr. Stevenson is correct and Labor/Management can benefit from “New Age” thinking in regard to Health Care cost saving, we will have Mr. Stevenson to thank if this measure is truly conceivable.
Thank you John, for having taken the time to share your insights with us.