The results are in and only time will tell how the citizens of Modesto will be affected by the failure of Measure X. As a citizen of this city, it has been disheartening to listen to many fellow Modestans refer to public safety salaries and benefits as “bloated” or “criminal” during the campaign.
I’ve been further saddened to read personal attacks on police officers, some referring to association members as “thugs.” All public-safety employees have done to deserve these attacks is negotiate, in good faith, wages and benefits with city councils and management – including one former council member who has a strange fascination with World War II.
I’m hopeful, however, that many of the “No on X” supporters will do as they said they would and step forward to support a tax for public safety only! In the meantime, the men and women of the Modesto police and fire departments will do as they always have and continue to honorably serve the citizens of Modesto.