Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Elected pay chopped

EDITOR:

My, my, after reading the article “Elected department heads’ pay chopped,” what a heavy dose of hypocrisy we have here. With the Auditor/Controller’s practiced ability to fervently scrutinize the contracts belonging to special districts, in search of tidbits to enhance his agenda, you would think in the name of the taxpayers he would have brought this to the Board of Supervisors’ attention years ago.

While this scrutiny led to the postponement of firefighters’ paychecks and their job security, this self-righteous scrutiny did not extend to a taxpayers’ warning that an elected gravy-train was bearing down on them.

RICHARD SMITH
Garden Valley

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  • pvl residentNovember 30, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Their pay may be chopped starting with the next term in 2015 but someone will figure out a way to make up the difference. They always do. It's nothing but smoke and mirrors.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 02, 2013 - 7:56 am

    My guess is that there just might be several "sudden" retirements prior to 2015 of several people based on the much higher current department head pay that added up over time which will be the base pay for PERS to use. These pay rates were becoming some of the highest in the state because of old back-room quiet BOS/personnel actions. All of the current staff positions that share the problem with well over six figure salaries should be exposed and have serious reductions imposed because they have the same inflated pay rates based on the same previous actions and "deals". It is past time for this reality check. Remember what happened at the the City of Bell when no-one was looking.

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  • Dee#1December 02, 2013 - 8:32 am

    Frank, then they will be rehired as temps, or contracted as consultants.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 02, 2013 - 9:36 am

    I seem to recall that Moonbeam has stopped the double-dippers with some new rule that retired Pers people can't retire and then work in their old jobs anymore.

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  • Dee#1December 02, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Frank, I remember reading about that but at the time I doubted that it would actually enforced. Also, I think that is only for State pensions. I don't think it applies to local jurisdictions unless they had joined the State Plan.

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  • Dee#1December 02, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Robert, I understand your frustration and hope you will continue to bring the hypocrisy forward and it does't hurt to push buttons, in fact sometimes it helps people discovery their own inconsistencies.

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  • John Q.December 02, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    I read where the Auditor Harn did not take the last pay increase. The biggest cut will be the Sheriff at a decrease of 45K. This move will set it so that he will earn less than his Lt.'s. I do not not that this is right. Also this "pay cut for electeds" came about after the Supervisors exempted themselves.

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  • Walking TallDecember 02, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Divert attention from the real facts, Harn is good at that, I remember not too long ago he found a 12-18 million dollar surplus then it was reported as half that amount then half again then it went away..shell game I think. Doesn't surprise anyone that this will also go away and the Sheriff won't just take a $60,000.00 cut without retiring as the previous Sheriff Jeff Neves took 36% increase over the seven years he was in office then retired with a $285,000.00 a year retirement package and is still laughing to the bank. So don't think for a moment that those slated to have reduced pay won't just retire and take the current money and run. But there will be an exemption for those currently large and in charge, and we won't be surprised will we????

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  • SliderDecember 03, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Sorry, the Sheriff asked for the job. If he does not like the pay, someone else will take the job. As for Harn, I could not think of a bigger disaster for the taxpayers of El Dorado County than having to put up with his manipulation, lies, graft and extortion for another 4 years. Let him be put out in the compost heap along with his butt buddy Briggs.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 03, 2013 - 9:27 am

    These new pay rates have now created a situation where senior staff will earn more then the boss and department head. Time for the BOS to do a salary review of every department and start a new pay scale system to reflect the reality of the fact these top pay rates were becoming some of the highest in the state and some still are. This wasn't by accident. Many people have pointed this out, that many that were "sudden" retirees who left over the last few years knew these obscene pay rates were rigged and subject to manipulation by the same group. Some found a way with fake mail order "college degrees" combined with their circle of corruption promotions. Many left knowing the people might just find out what was going on sometime and they hoped it was after they were long gone. They were counting on the usual dysfunctional Grand Jury and "not interested" justice system. Sometimes it takes a lot of time for people to see the light and turn it on, like the City of Bell. Here the difference is the ones who should of been wearing orange behind bars for corruption escaped with few exceptions. For the rest, the people are on to them now and what was a good racket is exposed.

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  • VernDecember 03, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    I would guess this has been the plan all along... Pay back for the Sheriff for the public pissing match with Ron Briggs, removal of a couple department heads so they can be replaced with Briggs family members. On today’s meeting agenda is a closed session item to discuss allowing the county to go forward with negotiating buying property owned by John Briggs. He is the father of Supervisor Ron Briggs, grandfather of Placerville Planning Commissioner Brian Briggs, uncle to John Bailey soon to be hired by the county replacing Bill Schultz and father-in-law of Superior Court Judge Steve Bailey. John Briggs is also the former state senator who is famous for the 1978 proposition called the Briggs Initiative that had it passed, would have meant all employees in California’s education system who are gay or lesbian and their supporters would have been fired.

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  • EvelynDecember 03, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    Vern: Pretty impressive network there!

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  • VernDecember 03, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    In addition to everything else: “Ron Briggs and his son purchased several nearby parcels of land adjacent to and abutting the 26.5 acre courthouse site that are also benefiting from all of these government funded improvements, in essence, they are land speculating with a guaranteed outcome paid for by the taxpayers.”

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  • EvelynDecember 03, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    Vern: Being on the inside sure beats playing the stock market.

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  • VernDecember 03, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    Letter found on the public record: “As concerned citizens and taxpayers for honest, open and transparent government, and in light of the current state budget problems, we request that the state Office of the Courts not fund this site acquisition or any further construction costs until the matter has been fully investigated to be assured there is not illegal activity, misuse of government funds, profiteering, favoritism or impropriety and that taxpayers, the state and federal government are not paying for the private real estate development interest of the Briggs family.”

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