Fire Chief Price to lead Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jun 14, 2012 at 7:46 am
Richard Price was sworn in as president of the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley today, after Karen Stepper being at the helm since the local club opened in 2005. Price is chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, which works with the club on its Child Abuse Prevention Day and its Sept. 11 commemoration at Oak Hill Park.
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Posted by Phil Lindner, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 7:46 am
Dolores, Thanks for the nice article on our Exchange Club installation. However, the Exchange Club meets for lunch once a month on the second WEDNESDAY with socializing and check-in commencing at 11:30am and the meeting commencing at 12:00pm and adjourning at 1:00pm. Our future meeting dates can be found in your Community Calendar.
Posted by concerned citizen, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:50 am
Now that he is retired, I hope Chief Price is enjoying his spiked pension that we San Ramon Valley Fire District taxpayers are paying for. I wonder if he will be speaking at the Exchange Club about how great it is to get his $250,000+ pension every year for the rest of his life.
Price is only about 52 or so. Can you imagine being able to retire at 52, let alone with an incredible pension?!!! Let's do the math. If he lives to be 84, he will have collected $8,000,000 from us!! Forget parcel taxes for our local schools---we have to save that money to pay for his pension!!!
If you are sick and tired of paying for outrageous pensions and public employees retiring at full benefits at age 52, check the backgrounds for the candidates for the San Ramon Valley Fire District Board for the November election. You will likely notice that many are either fire fighters in other jurisdictions or are related to firefighters by blood or marriage. If you care about your wallet, DO NOT ELECT THOSE CANDIDATES. Let's hope we have some good alternate choices! Anyone willing to run?
Posted by Jake, a member of the Alamo Elementary School community, on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Chief Price is "retired" on paper but continues to work in his same job with the same hours and responsibilities, just now as a volunteer. He is a very experienced and capable Chief, a local resident, and is saving taxpayers the entire cost of a replacement fire chief (salary+benefits). His retirement after a 32-year career is a normal service retirement - no disability, no spiking. If you have questions about his retirement you should ask him. He openly discusses challenges with the public pension system and has implemented several reforms in the District. You should get to know him and more about his broad involvement and commitment to our community. If you do you will feel differently. His email is email@example.com
Posted by JRM, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:00 am
Concerned citizen is spot on with his comments. for years I have pointed out that many candidates on the District Fire Board have direct family members that are firefighters and so have an obvious conflict of interest regarding pension matters. The Pleasant Hill Police Chief's retirement last week at age 51 because "economically it just doesn't make sense for me to work anymore" is a gret example of this. In the private sector guys at age 51 are normally hitting their prime productivity and levels of responsibility. the Pleasant Hill chief is taking his $198,000 per year pension and is moving to Colorado. I am not knocking Mr Price, however THIS IS SIMPLY NOT SUSTAINABLE FOLKS!!! Who in their right mind does not understand this? We are getting fleeced, ripped off and totally taken advantage of. Again, these incredibly lucrative packages are not available in the private sector.