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in San Angelo Police Consider City's Pay Raise Offer
It's heart breaking to learn that cops are leaving this fair city after getting training them here in search for other greener pastures. We definitely need to do something before losing more of them. It's possible but it involves restructuring. San Angelo has to retain them by anchoring them to their positions here so the thought of leaving here never enters their mind. This can only happen if we create a system here whereby every police officer with the years they put in alongside their seniority,expertise and job performance are all rewarded . This way we can go long term with them with an attractive pension plans that might not be offer elsewhere. A simple thing like a 401 K package with other great benefits might do the trick. Early on, while the new officers are accumlating years that will translate in better pay rates , we lure them with educational opportunities by reimbursing them with their tuitions, housing assistance, and with a decent health care package that the city will honor with no loop holes. Then before they ever begin their first watch, these rookies will be under contract so when the time comes up to renew there would be no second thoughts. This can happen if they still see San Angelo is such a nice place to raise a family and make a living. That means we all have to do our part too, so the quality of life remains the best in our schools, our water, and in everything. With a lot of hard work and planning, this is possible. Retention just doesn't happen to cops but to everyone. Today the oil fields are siphoning off our teachers, medical personnel and other civil workers. It is a question of money. But today if we make the attraction of being a police officer here than anywhere else, they might not leave.
in Police Respond to Over 60 Accidents Tuesday
Come on folks, use a little common sense! The roads are icy, don't think that you won't slip and slide because you have a big heavy vehicle or even a 4 wheel drive. Nothing is that important to keep you from staying home where it is safe.
in An Overturned Ambulance Among Many Wrecks Due to Ice Around San Angelo Overnight
My heart and prayers go out for the family and friends.
in Closings, Delays and Weather-Related Traffic Concerns
Joe Blow, you're absolutely right, but I will say this: Having lived in or near San Angelo for the better part of 40 years, I know to expect closings if there is a potential for icy conditions. If I know it is going to be icy, the first thing I do is check the weather reports. West Texans are notoriously bad drivers in bad weather because they are not used to it. But they never will be because we do not get enough practice....thank goodness. So knowing they are poor drivers, I avoid going out on days like this unless I absolutely must. Citizens need to be more responsible and check on these things before venturing out. Even just a little bit of bad weather can shut everything down around here and citizens of this area, if they have been around very long at all, should already know this and anticipate it. But who around here is going to invest in tire chains and other bad weather measures, when they might not need them but once every 2-3 years? Snow plows? Same thing...a bad investment for a southern city. I think folks do their best to get closings information to the public. There used to be only 2 outlets for this info: radio and the local TV station. Now we have the internet and other digital messaging systems. If citizens aren't aware, and venture out stupidly, they are just hiding their heads in a hole. C'mon, West Texans, you should know better by now.
in Dads Treat Their Little Girls to a Date Night
This will be the first year for my daughter and I will be attending Daddy-Daughter Date Night! I will be flying San Angelo's VFW Colors (just a name tag-badge and tie) and Emma will be dressed to the 9's! I haven't promised to do the "Wobble" yet . . . she has a way of convincing me into to stuff I don't WANT to do - just like her mom . . . Hope to see y'all there!
With 50% of the newly trained officers leaving since 2004 and at an average cost of $65,000 to train each one of them, I ball park estimate that figure to be conservatively at well over 3 million dollars the city has thrown away. I suggest if Michael Dane and Lisa Marley can't understand that, then just maybe the city needs two new people with a brain that can understand those figures....
Joe and Staff of S.A. Live!,
Can you guys do some exploratory research and run an article on why San Angelo is so completely ill-prepared to deal with emergency/weather notifications - with, perhaps, a focus on the integration of how major industries do/do not collaborate (i.e. Goodfellow AFB, hospitals, city, schools, radio, television, newspapers, etc.)?
I've been here long enough to know there doesn't seem to be a well-developed checklist or strategy to advise the citizens on what's going on. Every year we get an ice storm or two (THAT IS FORECAST!!!), yet the notifications for delays/closures don't get out until later in the morning. While 8:00/9:00 am is great for many who don't go to work till then, there is still a substantial number of folks who are on the roads MUCH earlier. Perhaps, many of the accidents could have been avoided if some of the motorists knew there was no need to get to work that early - especially if you consider that most folks can't drive in icy conditions to begin with.
I'm just a little depressed San Angelo does this dance every year. It's like the old saying, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results."
I would love it if S.A. Live! could interview the big players and find out where the disconnect is. I'm sure the city will respond that they need more money;
- The base will say they are coordinating effectively (probably through Facebook) with the community. Meanwhile, on base, there are giant formations of students still marching on the ice; some classes are in session; nobody really knows who should be at work
- The schools will say they are right on target (which, I can't say too many bad things about them)
- The media outlets will say they don't usually have reporters up before 6:00 AM, so they are reporting information as they get it. Here's a thought: if you see it coming, maybe you should stay on top of it? Whoa! I hate common sense!
- Meanwhile, the hospitals are scrambling to take care of 18+ accidents - including an ambulance of their own - due to the community not communicating the dangers.
If this happens EVERY YEAR due to weather, can you imagine what would happen if we had a REAL emergency? This place would look like the scene from Airplane where every is told to "get in crash positions" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5QBuJla5do)
I'm sure my words will get lost in translation on people/organizations who don't have common sense - and that seems to be a growing trend!
Anywho... Good luck. We're all counting on you!
in San Angelo School and Work Closings for Tuesday, Feb. 11; Includes road condition updates
It is so important for the girls to learn from their fathers, or important males in their lives, that they should expect to be respected and cherished by the people in their lives.
Goodfellow AFB North Gate closed to inbound traffic effective immediately, outbound traffic lanes will close at 1000 hours this morning. North Gate will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday/12 February.
Jacobson/South Gate will remain open 24/7.
Sent on behalf of the 17 TRW/CV
"Lisa Marley expressed a lack of evidence that officer retention is currently a problem", yet the previous article referenced stated that "half of the new recruits since 2004 have left the department after training". I call 50% of newly trained officers leaving a retention problem and wonder how 50% out the door is "a lack of evidence". It seems like San Angelo is the training center for all the cities and I would guess those cities are pretty pleased with the situation since it saves them all the money for training.
"Fully staffed" in any occupation is not accurate when a portion of those workers are apprentices. When you are discussing occupations that can be responding to possible life or death situations which of that staff do you want? I would prefer not to get the "new guy". I say to pay the average salary of other benchmark cities and stop being the training grounds.
What a terrible tragedy. Prayers for friends and family.
Due to non-improving weather/road conditions, Goodfellow AFB will be closed/activities cancelled for all non-mission essential personnel for the remainder of the day. Any non-mission essential activities already underway will conduct staggered release of personnel who have already reported for duty as mission and weather conditions dictate.
Sent on behalf of the 17th TRW/CV
Delayed reporting for GAFB: 10:00 AM
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18 wrecks including an ambulance. http://sanangelolive.com/news/2014-02-11/overturned-ambulance-among-many...
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