Almost 250 city of Pleasanton govt employees make > $100,000 per year! Around Town, posted by Bill, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2009 at 6:37 am
Did you see the article in the Valley Times and the Herald regarding "Six-Figure Government Salaries Abound in the Bay Area" here.... Web Link
They have a searchable database available at their website.
Can you believe that almost 250, yes, that is two hundred fifty, city of Pleasanton employees earn over > $100,000 per year?????!!!!!
It goes page after page after page of huge salaries that you would not believe.
Go to this web page Web Link, click on Pleasanton under Public Entity and see for yourself. It lists names of employees and their total salary and the first 9 pages are all salaries over $100,000 per year. And look at the columns paid for overtime and other. It is unbelievable!
Posted by Chris, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Aug 30, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Why did you think we would be "shocked" Bill? The salary levels for these postions have been in place for many years and nothing new and known by anyone over the years who has cared to look up. The idea is to give directors and managers a comparable salary for their skillset they could make in the public sector. The unfortunate reality for anyone making $100K is that after taxes and medical etc they are lucky to take home $50K. It is hardly enough to afford living here in Pleasanton where we prefer our city leaders to reside.
Posted by Disgruntled, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2009 at 11:53 pm
Actually there are 1,010 Pleasanton City Workers making a TOTAL salary of over $100k. So many of these are firefighters, due to overtime pay. They should hire more firefighters so they get paid at regular rates instead of overtime rates. Fire Captains alone made $1,740,465 in overtime which does not include all of the other fire personnel. They need more oversight if the fire captains can't even keep their costs and hours under control. This is poor management by the fire chief, and the city of Pleasanton.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2009 at 12:22 am
I just looked at that database by searching on Pleasanton. OMG!
The top salary is Jerry M Iserson Special Projects Mgr Planning at $230,147. The head librarian makes $169,460. The next is James W Wolfe from Recreation making $227,884. And a library director making nearly $200,000. Can you really tell me that librarians routinely make nearly $200,000? Do librarians earn that for the school district?
It looks like practically every police officer and firefighter makea over $150,000.
It is full of accountants for Pleasanton positions. A junior accountant makes $106,215, far more than the senior accountants, and a fiscal officer, Emily Wagner, makes $145,727. Then there are two other financial services managers making $140,000, along with a director of finance making $168,441.
These salaries far exceed what are comparable salaries in the private sector. I cannot fathom how the salaries got that high.
Disgruntled (from above), who can I contact the city to tell them my thoughts about how outrageous these salaries are?
I think the Valley Times and Tri-Valley Herald really should be thanked for letting the taxpayers know. These salaries look worse than the BART salaries that were distributed several weeks ago in the newspapers.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2009 at 9:01 am
in the final year of the cash out so to speak they include all overtime, vacation, sick leave etc. to get that as the highest year of employment and that is the starting point. Let's not forget that even after they retire they continue to get COLA year year or an automatic raise.
Posted by artlover, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2009 at 1:27 pm
It is just and right to know how our taxpayer money is bing spent. It is just and right to compare them to private sector jobs. I'd like to know the segment of the population that live in the bay area who make $200K plus. THAT would be an eye opener! While I am ALL for the great things libraries do for us- I am astounded at those two people's pay.
I agree that making 100K is not that great in terms of being able to live in this over priced area. (Take a look at our gas prices for instance and compare them to San Leandro or Hayward for example or take a look at how much you pay at Safeway and compare that to a Safeway in Concord for instance...)
Posted by Wake up people, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm
You know these salaries have been available to the public for quite some time. Anyone that really cared over the past few years would know this. It is only now that many of us have lost our $500,000 a year jobs that we now look to criticize others salaries for positions that are much more humble. For example salaries of Policeman and Fireman remain very constant through out the years except for cost of living adjustments. Many of the overtime that you see for these positions are due to the City of Pleasanton CHOOSING not to hire to fill open vacancies. The city CHOOSES not to fill these vacancies because it is cheaper to pay overtime wages to current employees rather than hiring new employees with benefits, etc. So to those that state the Fire Department and City of Pleasanton are mismanaged is false. They are properly being managed and actually are saving the city a lot of money in the long run. On paper some of the salaries generate anger. But that is only because the circumstances are not adequately explained when these salaries are printed. Remember there are always two sides of the story. From what I have heard the Fire Department Union and Police Officers Association both do not agree in leaving the positions open and push to fill vacancies when they become available.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm
I do not believe things are going to be over priced for long. Ask yourself a question. How can things continue to be overpriced in a state where stated unemployment is over 11% and unstated unemployment is approaching 19%, home prices are plummeting, businesses leaving the state as fast as they can, and an exedus of money leaving the state as the rich tire of paying most of the taxes. Illegals are not going to drive the economy.
Posted by just wondering, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2009 at 9:37 am
How much do the editor, mananger, chief financial officer of these papaers make, I think it is wrong to name a specific persons wages, in the private sector you can be fired for even talking about it. Like it has been said here before the budget and salary rages have always been public information, and Salary ranges hve been posted on Pleasanton's website for several years. The only new news is that they have now opened specific peoples information on the web for all to see even the criminals.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2009 at 11:12 am
it is very legal and is part of the public record for disclosure of public employees compensation. as a matter of fact it is law that it has to be disclosed. Whereas, a private company like a newspaper is just that private and against the law to disclose unless part of a board approved package.
Posted by Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm
The model is broken. We are probably looking at another $20 billion deficit. The only way to balance the city, county and state budgets is with big cuts in salaries, pensions and medical benefits. The public sector employees are making way too much money for way less work. Pensions and retiree meical benefits are 3 or 4 times the private sector for comparable jobs. Most of the public sector employees are average or below average in education and skills and probably cannot hold private sector jobs. We need a massive tax payer revolt to force tax cuts and cuts in public sector compenstation. Finally people are starting to see the light. This has been going on for a long time. Gray Davis compounded the problem by caving in to the unions. Most city and county politicians do not have the backbone to fight the unions and the city and county employees. The public has to take an active role.
Posted by Wake up People, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2009 at 8:44 pm
This is in response to the above comment.
Ok so now the public sector employees are making too much? Remember when we had those $500,000k a year jobs know one was complaining. Now all of a sudden the private sector is hit hard and now the public employees are overpaid. Public jobs have always been known to be more stable, great benefits, with a much more modest salary. You are not going to be a millionaire working for the city. This is the perfect example of the public sector continuing at a constant steady income during all parts of economic highs and lows. Private sector jobs do well when the economy is doing well and are horribly in trouble when the economy dives. Those are the trade offs. You had a decision where you wanted to work. If the public jobs sound so great why not get hired with the city?
Public employees make way too much money for way less work? Are you kidding me!? Let's hear some examples. Please enlighten me.
Let me enlighten you now regarding education and public sector jobs. Let me use the fire service for an example. A high school diploma is typically the minimum education level to be hired on the department. Now the fire service is such a competitive career to be hired into candidates are constantly striving to educate themselves more than others to make themselves further marketable. Most if not all newly hired Fireman have at least an Associates Degree. The fire service also requires many certifications, and licenses. These take many years to obtain. Certifications in swift water rescue, trench rescue, high angle rescue, low angle rescue, confined space, rescue systems 1, rescue systems 2, dozens of wild land certifications, several hazardous materials certifications, emergency medical technician basic, paramedic, pre-employment fire academy, post employment fire academy. How can these licenses, training, and certifications truly be represented in a degree form like you seem to compare the public sector jobs to.
Public employees unable to hold a private sector job due to education, etc.!? Are you serious? Let me get this straight. In your own words you state public employee’s jobs have 3-4 times better pensions, retiree medical benefits, make more money for less work, and have average or below average education which probably would prevent them from holding private sector jobs. Now re-read what I just typed in this last paragraph and tell me who appears to be the uneducated one.