Lots of luck figuring out how she would handle the city's budget shortfall. I've pored over the coverage of her meeting on Monday with business leaders, along with her campaign's press release, and I haven't the first clue about what she's talking about. Greuel says her plan would save $60 million from lower health benefits and workers compensation outlays. Another $40 million could be found, she said, by changing the way the city's pension boards invest and cutting the amount they spend on consultants. That's around $100 million - quite a chunk of money indeed. But how exactly does she plan on getting at this money, and has she clued in the interested parties - say, city workers and pension officials who might not be happy about such an ambitious agenda? More to the point, why haven't budget officials, desperately looking to save every nickel or dime, taken these actions (whatever they are) up to now? There's no white paper on her site. There's no campaign operative detailing what she said or meant. With Wendy, it's all talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk - and say as little as possible. Who knows - maybe she can actually win by saying nothing. Seinfeld did pretty well with a show about nothing. But it's a cheat to voters and to the city.
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