I like good political debate. Lately retired schoolteacher Lynn Lorenz has been a busy beaver shilling for her fellow retired schoolteacher Jeff Herdman.
Herdman is facing a stiff challenge from local restaurant entrepreneur Noah Blom.
Lorenz naturally favors her colleague.
Both received a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks and retirement from taxpayers.
According to Transparent California, Herdman receives his $111,000 per year retirement for nearly 38 years in the classroom. Since he retired in 2005 over $1.5 million has automatically landed in his bank account.
I bring this up to draw the difference between Blom and Herdman.
I want my councilmembers to understand the fundamental difference between entrepreneurs that create jobs and making a payroll versus someone with a guaranteed paycheck and retirement.
Entrepreneurs like Blom wake up every morning trying to figure out how to do less with more, pay the employees, taxes and maybe squeeze out a little for his family. If he’s really good at it he might be able to earn enough to have a 401K plan.
Even in COVID times Blom has managed to safely keep his restaurants open and pay his employees. That’s impressive!
I want someone that signs the front of a paycheck watching my tax dollars. Thank you Noah Blom for running. You give taxpayers a clear choice.
Bob McCaffrey / Balboa Island