There are only two* contributors to the yes on Measure “A” campaign:
Think they expect something in return?
While we can expect token (or fig leaf) new hiring, the truth is, having lots of new officers and firefighters makes it harder for current staff to get overtime — and overtime is worth a fortune, especially when it comes at the end of a career, just before early retirement (early 50s), when that big (often upwards of 80-90%) pension gets locked in.
* UPDATE: Apparently the polling isn’t going too well.. At least one could surmise. The yes campaign has now reached out for additional donations from other special interest political action committees and a few well-connected individuals: http://www.lbreport.com/news/may16/taxcont.htm.