The Examiner editorial criticizing the pay formula for SanFranciscoâs elected officials is not only incorrect in its analysis, but alsomisstates the facts.The current pay formula sets these salaries as the averageof similar salaries of public officials in the Bay Area. This formula guarantees that our elected officials will never be the highestpaid office holders in the Bay Area.The Examiner should be pleased with this guarantee.The Examiner also misstates that the current formula onlyallows for pay raises and "there can be no decrease." This is incorrect under the law and in reality. In at least 2 of the past 4 years theseelected officials took a pay reduction under the formula. And, under the formula this year, theSheriff is receiving no pay raise because of the existing formula. If the City negotiates a pay "giveback" with City employees this year, the elected officials will get acommensurate pay reduction, not the proposed raise.San Francisco is a complex city with complex problems. Our elected officials in the executivebranch are more than earning their salaries. For example, when inmate lawyers sued many Californiacounties over search and seizure issues, most counties negotiated settlementsin the tens of millions of dollars.Our City Attorney fought the case and won it at the appeal level, savingmany millions of dollars. The CityAttorney also sued the construction company who botched the construction of SanFranciscoâs newest jail. This casebrought over seven million dollars to the Cityâs coffers. You could give City Attorney DennisHerrera his three thousand dollar raise for the rest of his natural life andyou still would come no where near the millions of dollars his office has savedSan Francisco.The idea of a pay formula based on a Bay Area average isdesigned to take politics out of the business of determining salaries for ourelected officials. Letâs not passthat job back to political appointees as the Examiner suggests.P.S. Thecurrent pay or pay formula of elected officials has no impact on the retirementreceived by retired public officials.Michael HennesseyFormer Sheriff of San Francisco
Ken: I believe Dianne Feinstein ran for Mayor the year Joe Alioto won. She lost. Then won two elections for Mayor after being appointed.
Radical? The Federal Government currently offers a tax credit of up to $2400 for employers who hire an ex-felon. It's been on the books for 15 years. Signed into law by that radical George Bush.
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