Here is the staff report language we're calling out today (link).
All of this actually sounds kind of good, despite what I might have said above. Don't get me wrong. City Hall is even thinking about hiring $11 dollar an hour part-time help to run community events. Cheap labor without benefits, just like in the fast food industry.
Certainly there are some savings in that. Hopefully this will also decrease some of City Hall's colossal event chargebacks that have been so controversial in some quarters.
But my point here is that these are not the sorts of moves the people who voted "Yes" on Measure UUT were promised prior to April 12. Things were supposed to stay pretty much as they were, and certainly nobody running the big utility tax campaign mentioned combining the Library Services Department with Community Services.
Think how completely aghast some folks would have been had they been told Measure UUT would not be enough to keep things like that from happening.
The War Against the City Clerk
The City Clerk gets surprisingly little money. When you factor in the long hours put in on items like transcribing the golden words of the City Council so that there will be minutes nobody bothers to read, it really is quite a bargain.
Here is how this unhappy item reads (link):
That is not a lot of money, especially when you consider the long hours put in by the person holding this job. You certainly have to wonder if there might be another agenda at work here. Perhaps City Staff envisions taking over these responsibilities themselves, and then parlaying it into a new round of impressive pay raises?
So you know, here is what the person who wrote the above City Clerk compensation agenda report is making (link):
At least we now know where some of that new Measure UUT money is going.