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Scott Haggerty makes $234,000 per year! what does he do and can we afford it?

Original post made by Boner, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 30, 2011

Alameda County Supervisor makes $234,000 dollars per year, see link

Web Link

Does anyone know what he does? what value he brings? is it needed? can we do without it? how many of these supervisors do we have in this state? does he get the same rich pension plan as other state workders?

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Posted by chris
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 30, 2011 at 7:11 am

He is part of the ruling democrat class. So you are not suppose to ask questions like this. You are suppose to line up with your hand out hoping that you'll be chosen for his generous rationing, or as Obama has done with Obamacare...hand out exemptions to the lucky ones (who have demonstrated financial support to his election/re-election.)

If you are a democrat, especially, do not criticize or question.

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Posted by dknute
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

why is this all of a sudden a concern? hasn't he been over paid for years?

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Posted by Helen
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

I think this has been a problem for years and yes I also wonder what this guy and the others do. What benefit is it for us? or is this just another democratic entitlement thing? Dknute, we should be questioning all unnecessary spending, if this is deemed unnecessary because we are running out of money and something else that we might truly need has to be cut to pay for his salary and oh! I forgot his office and staff. I wonder how much the TOTAL costs are of this position? What does he do?

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Posted by Rizoctonia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

Haggerty's focus has been hosing Pleasanton. As it appears now, it's going to get worse. With the redistricting, we are going to have a Supervisor from Oakland and elected by Oakland. They will use us as their piggy bank even more than before.

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Posted by mary
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

I bet all of you would not be questioning the Salary if it was a Republican!!! and yes the Republican probably would have made more!! bunch of ignorants fools..

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

Not about whether he is Rep. or Dem.
He is what is the worst of our system. He treats people badly and is only about how much power he has over others.

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Posted by Sal
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

A classic example of conservative sour grapes because they'll never be able to elect a Republican county supervisor or congressman in the Tri-Valley ever again. Republicans are history in the Tri-Valley! Just look at the voter registration (now Danville is the only Tri-Valley city that has more registered Republicans than Democrats),changing demographics, and redistricting. You can always take your conservative clown show to the Central Valley.

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Posted by awwwwww
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2011 at 10:52 am


Not to insult you but you are aware that up until recently Haggerty was a Republican and the person he replaced, Campbell was conservative Republican? I do not think this is about politics but rather about cost versus need.

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Posted by Bill Carman
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I doubt that this is a Republican or Democratic issue. What does the man do, how much does he save the county if he does his job well and how much would it cost without him? The recent Tea Party anti-government nonsense scatters nutty ideas all over the landscape without regard for reality. Fairly typical right-wing overreaction.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I think of Supervisor Haggerty everytime I sit in traffic from Bernal to Hwy 84 on I680 because of stupid Express Lane that he championed. Carpoolers do not use the lane because there is no exit at North Mission, Washington Blvd, or Auto Mall Parkway. Starting tomorrow hybrid owners will not be able to use the lane. So the only people using the lane are government exempt vehicles, Lexus Lane drivers, and the few electric or CNG vehicles.

Scott won't be happy until his taxpayer paid vehicle is the only one allowed to use this lane, free of charge of course.

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Posted by Johnny boy
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Bill Carman,

Yes that is the spirit let's keep calling people names and not fixing major expenses or waste of our own money...geez.........

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Posted by TomTom
a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on Jun 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

If you look at all of the supervisors web pages Scott Haggerty's has the least amount of content. Only one of the supervisors has a constituent services link. Only on other actually lists regular meet and greets. If the supervisors web pages are any indications. Only a couple actually do anything at all.

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Posted by Boner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I still have absolutely no idea what they do. Scott you are probably reading this right now or have anyway so maybe you can tell us or have one of your staff explain what it is you do?

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Posted by tim
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

wow that is alot of money for a county sup. Are you kidding me

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Posted by AR
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

If you don't know, go attend the public meetings and find out what he and the rest of the supervisors are doing.

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

According to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors website: Web Link

"Alameda County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, each of whom is elected on a non-partisan basis from a separate district where he/she lives. Within the broad limits established by the State Constitution, State General Law, and the Alameda County Charter, the Board exercises both the legislative and the executive functions of government. The Board of Supervisors is also the governing body for a number of "special districts" within Alameda County.

To make the supervisorial districts equal in population, the boundaries are adjusted every ten years through the process called "redistricting." That process was completed in 2001. Terms of office for the Supervisors are four years. Alternate elections are held every two years for three supervisors and then for two supervisors. The salary of the Board members is fixed by the Board itself. A President of the Board, chosen from the membership of the Board every two years, presides at all meetings of the Board and appoints committees to handle work involving the major programs of the County.

As defined by the Alameda County Charter, the duties of the Board of Supervisors are as follows: •Appoint most County officers and employees, except elected officials •Provide for the compensation of all County officials and employees •Create officers, boards, and commissions as needed, appointing the members and fixing the terms of office •Award all contracts for public works •Adopt an annual budget •Provide, publish, and enforce a complete code of rules prescribing the duties and the systems of office and management, accounts, and reports for each County department •Have an annual audit made of all County accounts, books, and records •Supervise the operations of departments and exercise executive and administrative authority throughout County government •Serve as appellate body for employee grievances, planning and zoning."
Note: The Supv must live in the district s/he governs, hence the move by Supv Haggerty when he was engaged to the then Vice Mayor of Dublin to have part of Dublin annexed into his District 1 by Special Ordinance 2006-59. Web Link

Note: "The salary of the Board members is fixed by the Board itself" and they then "adopt [their own] annual budget". No restrictions, checks, or balances.

Note: The Board creates their own "committees to handle work involving the major programs of the County" -- that's why the "Ad-Hoc Redistricting Committee" was kept in-house and consisted of two current Supvs -- Hagggerty and Carson.

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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

A lot of people are excited about the so called "Arab Spring." Maybe it's time for an "American Spring."

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Posted by George
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:48 am

What ever he does, Mayor Hosterman wants the job big time. She has made comments that she will seek another elected office, and with the discussions about redistricting and her comments about the new lines being out of her favor, my guess is she thinks she can't bump the guy with the new districting lines.

Jennifer - are you out their in the cloak of darkness blasting Scott?

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Posted by Very Well Informed
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Another classic example of how politicians must laugh at the uninformed. Voters bicker about Reps & Dems positions, rather than engaging in honest questioning of compensation, be it government or private. Voters should be asking why Haggerty asks the Board of Supervisors to appoint him to other government boards, where he receives pay for attending meetings.

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Posted by Lugnut
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

Since Scott does not want Pleasanton, I would be in favor of having Nadia represent us. She is new and a go-getter. I am sure she has her negatives but Miley comes from Peratta politics. We have much more in common with Hayward than we do with Oakland.

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Posted by Gypsy Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I bet you dollars to donuts he has far more education than the posters here who are treating him as their favorite whipping boy. I'm certain, for example, that he can construct sentences in a coherent manner with correct spelling and everything. Imagine! It's probably a Democratic thing.

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Posted by Huskie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Gypsy Pete,

Don't fool yourself Pete. I went to high school with Scott at Washington High School in Fremont and the guy had no idea who he was then, only that he did not want to work and was a real people pleaser. Whatever your opinion was he agreed with it and it became his if he thought it would make him look better in your eyes. The guy has some real self esteem issues and do not believe for a minute that he is out for your interests.

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Posted by Gypsy Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Way to own up to your slanderous remarks by signing your own name, Huskie. Gives you a great deal of credibility. Stay classy.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Gypsy Pete - way to make assumptions to undermine the opposition. Pleasanton on average is highly educated so you might be surprised with the caliber of people posting.

Maybe you are just taken back by the significant exposure and push-back on over-compensated public representatives who fool themselves that they are better than the average person they represent.

To make this amount of money while overseeing the incredibly inefficient and over-budget county operations is a joke. If he were in private industry, he would be long gone (and not by his choice).

He is just one more in a long line of public representation jokes. Makes me proud to be an American - not!

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Posted by Zero
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

Yes I two went to HS with the guy. Honest. You may be 'taken back' but I'm very educated. Honest. And Scott was always such a hippocrit. People, believe me. I have no agenda and my IQ scores aren't no joke.

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Posted by Huskie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

Gypsie Pete,

We are on to you Scott and you have been exposed for what you

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Posted by Ginny
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

Bravely stated, Huskie. Your my hero.

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Posted by caspergutman
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I have worked with Scott to help solve a few problems we were having with a youth organization I volunteer for. He was very helpful and ready to do whatever our group needed. Over the years he has always stepped up to make sure we have no issues that may need his help. He always participate in the Alameda county fair and has always purchased a 4-H animal or two. This helps the 4-H youth fund their animal project for the next year. I find him personable. I have lived in the Tri-Valley for 50 years and did not go to school with Scott, but find the high school conversation a little strange. You still who you were then? Did you grow and change into a more complex person? We don't just learn readin', writin' and arithmetic in school you know. We try and figure out the social thing as well. And who we are that might form the rest of our lives. If any of you who are coming down on Scott for his high school persona; Do you know him now? I do and think Scott is capable.

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