More than 30 percent of Hayward’s city workers, or 280 people, made six-figure incomes in the last fiscal year. Thirty of them made more than $150,000, and all but three of those 30 were firefighters or police officers of varying ranks.
Here is Hayward’s Top 280. You can now compare it to San Leandro (which doesn’t include firefighters because they are contracted through the county), Union City, Fremont and most of the government agencies of Silicon Valley.
All of this information came about as a result of an August 27 state Supreme Court decision that ruled government salaries must be made public. That followed several years of legal debate between newspapers and public employee unions.
“You call it public knowledge and we call it our personal information,” said Garrett Contreras, president of the Hayward Firefighters Local 1909, in an interview last week.
Do you agree or not agree with the state Supreme Court ruling? Should government salaries be public?