Friday, April 1, 2011
COMPARE AND CONTRAST, THE COST OF LIVING HIGH OFF THE PUBLIC HOG
The state controllers website has a link to the city of Pacifica's local compensation report that listed the wages earned by our firefighters in 2009. It is the report that showed two firefighters had earned over $256,000 each in 2009. The compensation report also lists what our police officers made in 2009 and like the firefighters the numbers are not low. The average for police captains was $150,00, Sergeants earned on average $140,000 and corporals $130,000. The compensation report lists the Police Chief's salary at $171,688.
For a city the size of Pacifica we sure have a lot of employees that are earning more than $1o0,000 a year. I counted 80 that made more than $100,000 a year in 2009 and 35 of those made more than $120,000, 13 made more than $150,000 and of course the 2 now infamous fire Battalion Chiefs made more than $256,000.
God bless them all but but are senior staff kidding me? We are a small little coastal town of 39,000 folks who are floating $100,000 salaries for at least 80 employees. Given the enormity of these salaries how dare senior staff push a fire assessment tax on us. Really, how dare they. And shame on council for going along. 80 city employee's making more the $100,000 and the only solution our city management can come up with is a tax increase?
City employees I love you but you must get real and cut your compensation. Wage freezes and perk give backs are not going to get us there. You must come to terms with the economy you are living off of and take the hits. Making 80 % to 95 % of what you did is a lot better than making 0%. 80 employees for Pacifica making more than $100,000 a year. It's immoral given the shamelessness with which the city leadership has decided the residents must simply pay up or suffer cuts.
This ain't an episode of the Soprano's city folk, it's real life.
Todd McCune Bray
Pacifica CA 94044