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67% Council Pay Increase Will Be On November Ballot

Original post made by Jim Neal, Old Mountain View, on Apr 23, 2014

Last night, the Mountain View City Council voted to present a 67% pay increase for itself (from $600 to $1000) to the voters in this November's election. To be fair, three members of the current council will be termed out and three new members will take their place, but there is still the question of whether voters will approve it when most people's salaries have been static or slightly increased for the last few years.

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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

Mr. Neal: Well stated as usual, and good for encouraging dialog among us citizens, as are all your comments. On this one I must disagree with you, for the first time, as I am firmly convinced & understand that low pay to council limits who can be on that important panel to represent us. After spending usually approximately $25K in expenses for running for MV City Council, most people are financially spent and must give up trying to be on the council, so we limit those among us who are most similar to ourselves in their income levels, etc. Thus we preclude having the real representation we need.

Instead, let's pay MV City Council members lots more, so that everyone can realistically consider becoming a council member, not just those who are financially well off, or supported by another, or a rare exception such as yourself. You are amazing and I believe you will really represent us should you get the chance.

And, by the way, 67% is a large increase in anyone's pay at any one time, but this is because MV City Council hasn't had any raise since when? The 1950's or there abouts? Let's pay each member $2000 per month to enable everyone a chance to be on the council, and everyone a chance to devote sufficient time to each issue so they better understand them & thereby reduce the number of mistakes they keep making. If they do not have to divide their attention to also earning a living full time plus serving on the council, they can (and I believe, they will) do a better job. Too much at sake to over work them and too much at sake to limit who can serve! And right now we are limiting severely who can be on the council.


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

$2000/mo. would be barely enough to almost live on (adding to a part time job would help). This amount of pay is all about allowing someone to devote the time that should be mandatory for studying what is ahead of the Council. These are important decisions that must be thoroughly studied. With all the study sessions and council meetings it makes a regular full time job a barrier to the time it takes to study sufficiently to avoid over looking ever so important details.

Another approach is to make our City Council slow way down and stop building in such a ridiculous rush! The pace is more than they, or we, should have to keep up with!


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

We should, in fact, insist that our City Council slows down, not just for the part played by the council members themselves (to give them more time to study and consider things) but very much for more public involvement to insure better outcomes with all the construction projects. The more minds considering the details, the better thought out it is. Haste makes waste, and ruins things we can't get back.

And who among us everyday working people could possibly attend such early study sessions? They start at 5 PM or even 4 PM! Even City Council sessions at 6:30 PM is too early for most of us. Let's just go with 7 PM as when the EPC meets. And why not limit study sessions to one per month and the same for City Council meetings? Then maybe their low pay wouldn't be so ridiculous. But it still should be higher!