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Cash Free Policy – You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

I’m appalled at how some residents and neighbors in our Community have a need to find controversy in the most benign of topics. The Discovery Bay CSD’s recent Board policy to no longer accept cash is smart move for both efficiency, safety and liability. The CSD is not a retail outlet selling everyday merchandise to the public. Accepting cash requires a whole array of procedures and controls to insure the proper counting, bookkeeping, safekeeping and transportation to the bank. For the very few individuals who have the need to make an anonymous requests they should got get a money order or bank check. If there is a small fee for that it should be their problem not the rest of Community’s or the Board’s.  It is frankly moronic for an organization like our CSD to be bothered with all the safekeeping and administrative requirements to properly deal with cash payments. Moving to a non cash policy is just plain good business sense which is what we seem to have been lacking.  Isn’t there any topic that some of our community members can avoid complaining about? The Board is trying to reduce costs and streamline administrative procedures and as a result all members of the Community will benefit.  We are well beyond the days when everything was paid for in cash, it’s time to move into 20th century. Many large businesses and service providers have moved to a non cash policies years ago, many airlines no longer accept cash for in flight services, it’s time to wake up.  Jeff Barber’s recent grumbling email to the Press on this topic clearly demonstrates either naiveté or a need for anger management classes. Jeff and others should save their complaints for significant, meaningful and legitimate issues and  stop the whining and pettiness on every minor topic. The rest of us who want legitimate and constructive change are really getting tired of those in the Community that do little to contribute and make a sport of poking their fingers in the eye of whoever volunteers their time to the CSD Board.  I applaud the Board’s decision to employ smart business practices and find ways to reduce their operating costs. Separately I look forward to the day when the perennial complainers do something constructive for the Community.  

– Bill Klipp (concerned resident) –  Discovery Bay

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2 thoughts on “LETTER TO THE EDITOR

  1. I wonder if the writer of the letter attacking my statements, that were printed in the Feb 4 issue of the DB Press, would instead support my statements if he knew that when the DB CSD sells merchandise they intend to continue to take cash (funny how the DB Press writer left that little fact out….guess it didn’t fit with her agenda)? So going forward they will take my $20 for a t-shirt but will not take my nickel for a public record. What kind of reasonable logic is that? The reason I stated that they were not being truthful when they said safety was a big concern is that safety was never previously brought up as issue and if it was/is an issue why would they still take cash (in various locations) for merchandise? I firmly believe this whole no-cash thing was an effort first and foremost to quite those who question government and to take away a right we all have……now you may be ok with giving up your rights, no matter how seemingly insignificant, but I am not.

    So I hope we are in agreement that this issue is a waste of time. I’m glad the individual behind it all is no longer involved in government but I am disappointed those presently elected have not yet stepped through the cloud of manipulation and self-interest that, over the last 10 years, has been built-up around the DB CSD. I do however see a change coming and I look forward to an improved focus on the issues that matter like the long overdue sewer/water master plan, better budgeting and the proactive setting of overall priorities that will guide this community forward.

    And before you hang too much on the altruistic nature of being a BD CSD director keep in mind money is indeed involved. Did you know that recently they paid themselves $100 each, plus expenses, to attend a chamber of commerce party? Did you know that one of the sitting directors made a direct payment to his wife, under the pretense of ‘consulting’, of almost 25% of all the campaign money he took in for the recent election?

    I say rather than the public backing off….. the public needs to keep their eyes open and when something does not seem right speak-up with the intent to cause our little DB government entity to grow-up and do what we need them to be doing rather than wasting their time and limited resources chasing down those that dare to question.

    cheers!

    jb

    jeff barber
    February 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

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