San Ramon City Council tops area for pay, benefits Comments on Stories, posted by , a resident of , on Feb 22, 2013 at 7:16 am
It pays to be an elected official in San Ramon. Mayor Bill Clarkson earned nearly $18,000 during his first year in office, plus close to $16,000 in benefits, for a total of $33,404. His salary may be more than that of the rest of City Council -- $17,691 versus $15,754 -- but that's less than the benefits received by others.
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Posted by Ms. Bunny, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 22, 2013 at 7:16 am
Considering the town we live in, the benefits we enjoy, the excellent services that are maintained? I'm fine with the pay scale of these officials. I may not always agree with the numerous decisions made (ahem, some of the development ideas) nor do one and all who live here, but I think the pay scale is a fair one.
Posted by Resident, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm
This is just another example of the former city government's grandiose image of itself and unrealistic view of the city. What is so special about serving as a council member in San Ramon, as compared to Danville and Pleasanton. Aren't we acting just a bit too big for our britches?
Posted by Resident, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm
MLO - When I read this article early this morning it said 27% not 2.7%. I see it has been corrected.
To the other Resident - it should be noted that Pleasanton pursued a affordable housing case that cost over $5million in legal fees and they lost in the end. Danville is better but they have some significant financial problems and a much smaller budget and population.
Posted by Billy Goat, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 24, 2013 at 6:13 am
I wonder how san ramon employees feel given the budget has been balanced on their backs the last few years. Vacant positions, no raises in how many years?? furloughs. Come on mayor and city manager, the hit should be spread around equally
Posted by Dirka_Dirka, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm
The Dirka says pensions for municipal politicians is absurd. Budget cuts are necessary, but let's not jump on the whole democratic socialism band wagon, by saying we should spread it around and balanced on the employees back. This is still a free country, get a job somewhere else if you are fed up. If the talent drain is too severe we'll hear about it. That's what is wrong with the whole state and country. Let's get back to good old competitive capitalism. It breeds excellence, not entitlement minded whiners. Socialism breeds no thing but mediocrity. The council's salaries are peanuts in the big picture. The city manager salary was another story altogether.
Dirka says drill, frack, pump and lower taxes, not the opposite. Free market principles on a level playing field! And a goat, the milk is the shizzle! Vote the retreads all out!!
Posted by Dave, a resident of San Ramon, on Mar 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm
The salary for council is less than $10,000. Travel(mileage) expense reimbursement has been added to the total. I haven't spent less than $6,000 annually in travel since the reimbursement went over 50 cents per mile. Any amount over $6,000 comes out of my pocket.