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Mayor and Council Votes Itself A Raise
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by Jack Hovingh, Highland Oaks,
on Aug 14, 2007
The Pleasanton Mayor and City Council is voting itself a gigantic pay raise up from $600 to $1050 a month for the mayor and from $500 to $950 a month for the council members...making them the highest paid in the Tri-Valley area. Last year they attempted a similar action, but reversed themselves by a 3-2 vote (Hosterman and Sullivan voting no) when it was pointed out by former Councilwoman Ayala that they were breaking State Law when they granted themselves a raise.
In my opinion, to the extent that Pleasanton regards itself as a "community of character," elected officials should donate their time as elected officials in return for all that the community has given them...public education, public protection, etc. In other words, elected officials should return to the community what they have received from the community. There are plenty of citizens that would do the job of councilpersons and mayor for free...or, at least for low bid.
This raise exposes the greed of our elected officials.