Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

February 23, 2018 19:00 pm · 16 comments


This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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Lars Anderson February 25, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Median pay and benefits for city workers reported by Transparent California. 2016 figures.
Concord: $ 158,115
Walnut Creek:$ 136, 932
Pleasant Hill; $ 133,936
Lafayette: $117, 916
San Pablo: 114,507
I’d like to see our new Mayor, Edi Birsan, explain to us Concord residents why our city pays such high wages for our city workers. All of the other cities mentioned above recently have built new libraries, except Pleasant Hill, which has one on the way. Concord City leaders tell us Concord residents the city is “broke” – that we can’t afford can’t afford to build a new library – yet smaller cities in the county, with weaker tax bases, are building them right and left. When you look at how much more Concord is paying city workers – compared to other cities – you can see there is no shortage of tax dollars flowing into Concord tax coffers. What we have is an allocation problem. If city leaders in Concord could get the average median pay down to what they pay in Walnut Creek, you could free up a lot of money for a new library. The unusually high amount of money being paid to Concord City employees indicates to me Concord is steeped in corruption and cronyism;, the city employees and managers are taking care of themselves – handsomely – while shorting us city residents on services, such as the construction of a new library . I hope somebody contemplating a run for city council carefully looks at these figures and uses this information in their campaigns. The current people on the council, like Laura Hoffmiester , Tim McGallian, and Edi Birsan all deserve pink slips, theyare mismanaging our tax dollars. No way should the median pay of a Concord city workers be 20,000, 30,000 or even 40,000 higher than surrounding. cities. The people on the council are just giving away money to city workers. Simple common sense tells you that if WC or PH can get workers to work for a median pay of 133,00, so can Concord. Paying Concord city workers 20,000 more a year is just giving money away.

Concord Mike February 25, 2018 at 3:19 PM

I think part of the problem goes back to the way the city council handled city layoffs during the Great Recession. Instead of across the board layoffs at all salary levels, the city fired more lower paid employees and kept more of the highly paid people. In hindsight, that was a big mistake. Should have laid off 20% from every level, including highly paid managers. Now we have too many Chiefs and not enough Indians.

ON DA February 25, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Because Mr. Anderson Because.

Well Folk February 25, 2018 at 7:22 PM

Concord Mike – you know management never gets laid off. All government agencies would rather have 50 managers and no peons if it came to that. It is the same at the county. We had mangers that managed nothing and supervisors that supervised 1 person.

Well Folk February 25, 2018 at 7:29 PM

Lars – you do realize that those figures are a combination of salaries and benefits right? So in reality it is not that high. Agency also have to mandatory benefits like FICA, FUI & SUI (which private sector employer also must pay) and those are included in that figure. The average benefit rate for agencies in the bay area is 38% of salary. At most agencies health care is varied by plan and how many dependents and retirement is based on entry age to the system. These are not simple numbers made up of a couple of things. It is more complicate than you can understand.

Charlie February 25, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Lars – you might want to check out for some ranges of salaries as of 2017.

KAD February 25, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Well Folk – Are you saying that the other cities calculate pay differently than Concord? Lars is pointing out the difference between the cities.

Well Folk February 26, 2018 at 9:09 AM

KAD it is just not pay that is listed that figure as Lars states “salary & benefits” And yes there are different calculations for benefits depending on contracts. There are also variable for health plans as in what plan is choses, whether the employee is single or covering dependents and as far as retirement contributions depend on age of entry into system. An example of that was when I was with the county they a higher contribution for me than a co-worker in the same classification as I entered the system at 25 and she entered at 43.

I will tell you right now no clerk working for Concord has a salary & benefit pack that high. What this shows is Concord is top heavy in mid& upper management. Also you have to remember PD is part of the average. I am also a bit surprised by the figure as for years WC had the best pay & benefits of most agencies (Central San had the best). Lots of people left the county for WC & Central San

Charlie February 26, 2018 at 8:01 AM

Concord Mike you are absolutely right in what you say. Back in 2010 when the budget cuts took effect, the field offices all closed and the low-paid staff with, and without, benefits, were laid off. The PD is way too top heavy with 3 Captains and multiple Lt’s, Sgt’s and Cpl’s. Too many “chiefs” is totally correct.

Concord Mike February 27, 2018 at 6:43 AM

Charlie, I agree.

It has been like pulling teeth to get CPD to add more lower paid code enforcement officers, which anyone looking around Concord knows we desperately need. Recently they did add another code enforcenent officer, but we need at least 3 more to clear up the complaint backlog And start proactive enforcement. Eliminate just one captain position and you could hire 3 code officers and have some change left over.

Mary Fouts February 27, 2018 at 11:21 AM

The CCC Fire Protection District has moved their district office from 2010 Geary Road in my PH neighborhood (adjacent to Con Fire Station #2) to 4005 Port Chicago Hwy in Concord.

Does anyone know of proposed plans for the now vacant Geary Rd building? The district office has been there for as long as I can remember.

One twist is that the 2 lots immediately to the east (used to hold the old Lawnmower Repair Shop and Cliff Swisher Concrete Co) have been up for sale twice in the last near. My immediate recollection is that the 2 lots are zoned R10 and R10A, but have considerable area deemed not buildable due to a through road easement and a creek.

KAD February 27, 2018 at 9:17 PM

I am so disappointed in the Concord City Council. Can someone tell me based upon the new District numbers which City Council members live in which Districts? I know there is no one currently in District 3 so it is open to a brand new Council member.

Concord Mike February 27, 2018 at 9:52 PM

KAD, following the cobalt map:

1 Laura
2 Carlyn
3 ?
4 Edi
5 Tim

KAD February 27, 2018 at 10:57 PM

Thanks Concord Mike, Someone said tonight that the City Council conducted out reach to the residents. No one reached out to me. I am sure Edi did because that is his nature. I was afraid I had Timmy based upon what Dr Kumar said. I don’t want an appointee representing me. Laura does not listen either but they are not listening to the community. They will do what they want to protect their interest and not do anything the residents suggest. I can’t wait to read Hope’s letter to the Council.

Hope – Can you share it with us on here?

Concord Mike March 1, 2018 at 10:11 AM

KAD, I think I understand how you feel, but I am still a bit more positive about our council members’ motivations.

Although I may disagree with their positions and reasoning at times, I still think most/all are interested in doing the right thing for the city.

Unlike some of our highly paid city staff, our city council members actually do live here in Concord and have to face the consequences of their decisions in terms of quality of life, property value, etc.

Although I opposed the whole district elections scheme, I do see at least one positive: more attention to neighborhood issues like blighted homes and businesses, and our horrible road surfaces.

annie2u February 28, 2018 at 10:57 AM

Abhishek Parikh is the Transportation Manager in Concord replacing Ray, the Traffic czar. This happened quietly in mid 2017. No retirement party. No announcement. Nada.

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