Money, that’s what they want

Some e-mails about the Tribune’s top story today: Civic bucks bigger than ever

Firstly I would like to find out how to obtain a 200K job in Oakland. Even with my college education I have been unable to obtain such pay in the Bay Area. Secondly I want you to take a hard look at my children, our future and have you tell them why our schools are in such a mess but we can find a way shell out +200K in salaries. I can guarantee you that there
are qualified people that will wait in line for 120K in pay to replace Deborah Edgerly and we would get 2 for the price of one.



I cannot get my head around the compensation.

I had to translate it into a normal workweek. Using the figures you reported, and assuming these employees get time and a half for their overtime hours, it would still appear that the high paid fire inspector is on the job from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm seven days a week, 365 days a year! If this person only works 5 days a week, that is an 16 hour day – 52 weeks of the year!

How can this person possibly function at the level necessary to perform his/her job? I don’t care how much it saves the City in the short run by hiring fewer people.

–Sandra Turnbull