Top managers in Mountain View, Santa Clara earn top dollar compared to peers in larger San Jose Around Town, posted by Observer, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:21 am
See today's August 8, 2010 article on how overpaid out city employees are:
Posted by Big Al, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2010 at 9:38 am
I didn't realize we had so many rich Republicans working for the city. At least Obama will tax them more for making above $250,000!
I too wonder where all this extra money could have gone to. Maybe the city leaders will throw us loafs of bread during the next parade, or volunteer in the soup kitchen once a year during their retirement and between trips to Europe.
Mountain View Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga recently said the city should "toot our own horn" about efforts to cap vacation and sick-leave cashouts. Still, the city of 75,000 had some of the county's highest average compensation for employees: Median total compensation for police and firefighters is $190,591, and for other workers it's $123,754.
And when it comes to its top employees, Mountain View doesn't skimp. City Manager Kevin Duggan earned a salary of nearly $280,000 last year, eclipsing San Jose City Manager Debra Figone's salary of almost $265,000.
Police Chief Scott Vermeer earned $287,161. By contrast, San Jose Chief Rob Davis was paid $230,177.
Posted by Rachel, a resident of the St. Francis Acres neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm
I see no evidence of corruption in this article. Our city's public employee salaries seem to be generally consistent with other comparable cities in our area, perhaps a bit higher. If these salaries are objectionable to you, what do you think would be more appropriate? The overage certainly won't add up to a lot of "extra money," when it comes to the cost of providing city services.
Maybe it would be informative if we knew more about the day-to-day activities of these officials since most of us probably only think of them sitting with taciturn faces at City Council Meetings. I found the following comment in the article interesting: "Running a small city can be more difficult in some respects," (--Steven Frates, director of research at the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy). I wonder why?