Redwood City cited in Forbes

It was unfortunate to see Redwood City cited in Forbes as an example of California's public employee compensation being out of control:

Consider Redwood City, where three fire captains and one firefighter made between $434,274 and $452,733 in total compensation in 2012. One police officer made $463,690 in total compensation. In all, nine employees made over $400,000 in total compensation with a total of 33, mostly police and fire department employees, making over $300,000 in total compensation in 2012.

Steve B February 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Reality...your right nothing will be done...they will all get raises next year..
Alison Madden March 19, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Claire, nice try. Two Planning Commissioners apologized to Paula Uccelli for "trespassing all these years" when there was in fact a BCDC permit for the restaurant that required public access along all of the land. Plus it's a public accommodation that was held open to the public, making the public 'invitees'. Such a shame and a sham to have such misinformed "officials" running our City. And they just voted to lay the new development over federal property that is protected as refuge land. Finally, they even said "Oh don't build the handicap accessible boat launch ramp because you made a mistake and made parking 500 feet away. They all look like deer in headlights when sea level rise and EIR talk come up. They ALWAYS look straight to the City attorney who is certainly a smart lady but she looks like a kindergarten teacher in explaining the most basic concepts to them. Nice try though! And on the salary bit, why do we have to partner with another city then? All the DPW trucks are amazing, new toys, fire equipment too, and we're trying to save money sharing roles with San Carlos? All of this is shame, the money NEVER gets to schools, the promised docks and marinas and parks either don't get built or they are significantly behind. Who needs highway robbery when it's on your City streets?
Jim Clifford March 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Alison: What's this about "federal property that is protected as refuge land?" Fill me in (bad pun.)
Barb Valley March 22, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Jim, I believe Ms Madden is referring to the access road (Uccelli Blvd) which she states is federal property and cannot be paved over. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)Refuge Manager has voiced no opposition. Ms Madden maintains the USFWS Refuge Manager lacks the authority to voice an opinion. In a letter dated 17 March 2014 Anne Morkill, Refuge Manager, sets out the reasons for the nonopposition and cites her authority. You can read Ms Madden’s 31 page appeal along with Staff’s recommendation for denial of same at http://agendas.redwoodcity.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=327&doctype=AGENDA
Jim Clifford March 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Thanks, Barb. As the old saying goes - "Truth is the sum of the facts, not some of the facts."


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