Tehama County Board vote irks county ...

Tehama County Board vote irks county employees

There are 49 comments on the Red Bluff Daily News story from Feb 17, 2011, titled Tehama County Board vote irks county employees. In it, Red Bluff Daily News reports that:

Tehama County Supervisors met with disdain from dozens of county workers Tuesday as supervisors implemented an increase in employee-share payments to the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, for some 500 employees.

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Pat Johnston

Placerville, CA

#41 Feb 23, 2011
Gary wrote:
Admin and Personnel will not be taking the cuts and paying more PERS. There contract has them getting a raise. They make the rules but do not follow them. Blind leading the blind.
This is really the bottom line on all levels of government. Cut the public sector middle income jobs and give raises to people at the top of government and top of the County and City payroll.

No cuts for County Administrator Bill Goodwin, who has cost this county much money in lawsuits and doesn't even live here. No cuts for District Attorney Greg Cohen, whose numerous mishandling of cases has created a tremendous avalanche of lawsuits over the years. No cuts for County Council William Murphy and his side kick Arthur Wylene, who has violated all kinds of laws, misinterpreting laws for the benefit of corrupt good ole' boys and resulting in multiple lawsuits. No cuts for Public Works Director, whose infrastructure speaks for itself with the mishandling of the Antelope sewer problem being his mishandled baby for 20 years and how much has that cost us?

Now, let's talk about cutting California legislatures bloated wages and benefits, which is a total waste of taxpayers money, because as far as I can see Herger, Nielson, Brown and La Malfa have never done anything to help Tehama County,except use us like their $5.00 hooker, to be used as needed and tossed to the side when their done...cheap and used.

Supervisors Greg Avilla, Bob Williams, both Republicans and farmers want to protect their pockets by fighting to keep the Williamson Act in place, in order to give themselves and rich farmers outrageous tax breaks. Pretty self-serving.

Avilla and Supervsior George Russell both had no problem accepting decent pay, outrageous for Russell, and great benefits, when they were working for the public school system, but now that they secure in their retirement, they want to strip their employees of theirs.

Supervisor Dennis Garton and former Sheriff Clay Parker, both Republicans were always first in line, for raises and perks, even before their own deputies, but now its a necessity to cut back. Especially after the 20 years of corruption, lawsuits and political pandering they did and the lawsuits they created.

Supervisor Ron Warner, a Republican has set by and done nothing to help Tehama County, except to schmooze the Northern State Republican Mafia much to Tehama County's detriment.

When you start looking at cutting at the top and cleaning up corrupt practices by inept Supervisors and their appointed officals. There is a lot of money to pay bills and for employees to keep their benefits and moderate income.

Pat Johnston

Placerville, CA

#42 Feb 23, 2011
Gazebo the Hutt wrote:
All I can say is that those 500 votes would have swayed the elections. Did you vote for any of these people??? Do any of those 500 people live in bob williams' district?? he ran unopposed, you know. You get what you pay for (in active participation and thinking beyond the elk's lodge when you vote)
Can't get a fair election as long as County Clerk Bev Ross, a Republican supporter and co-conspirator in Embezzlyman Jim Nielson's fraudulent election stays in office. She has been cheating on behalf of the good ole' boys for 20 years. Want to have a real election with no cheating figure out a way to remove Bev Ross, because she will just cheat to stay in. The Attorney General needs to bring charges against her, Cohen and their co-cponspritors, who have been stealing our votes for too many years.
Pat Johnston

Placerville, CA

#43 Feb 23, 2011
Linda Hansen wrote:
I was unable to attend this meeting because I was providing the service I do for the county. Yes, we are all in this together-so, how has the County administration been affected?? How many of the Aministration employees have been lost or cut back? How many have taken cuts to their salaries? Most county departments have lost staff, have taken cuts to salaries and the remaining staff expected to do the work of 2-3 people. We are the people who provide the services, we are the ones who are bearing the heaviest brunt of the poor economy when we are not responsible for the economic problems. How are we going to help this failing economy when we continue to lose our spendable income?
I'm proud of you for putting your name. Most people know if you talk out against the good ole' boys ruining Tehama County, especially if your an employee, you will lose your job or your ability to get a county job. Thanks for being brave. If more real people would step up, we could change the status quo, but in Tehama County apathy usually rules. Those who are not apathetic pay the price for everyone else's silence.
Les Wolfe

West Tehama County, CA

#44 Feb 23, 2011
Pat Johnston wrote:
<quoted text>
This is really the bottom line on all levels of government. Cut the public sector middle income jobs and give raises to people at the top of government and top of the County and City payroll.
No cuts for County Administrator Bill Goodwin, who has cost this county much money in lawsuits and doesn't even live here. No cuts for District Attorney Greg Cohen, whose numerous mishandling of cases has created a tremendous avalanche of lawsuits over the years. No cuts for County Council William Murphy and his side kick Arthur Wylene, who has violated all kinds of laws, misinterpreting laws for the benefit of corrupt good ole' boys and resulting in multiple lawsuits. No cuts for Public Works Director, whose infrastructure speaks for itself with the mishandling of the Antelope sewer problem being his mishandled baby for 20 years and how much has that cost us?
Now, let's talk about cutting California legislatures bloated wages and benefits, which is a total waste of taxpayers money, because as far as I can see Herger, Nielson, Brown and La Malfa have never done anything to help Tehama County,except use us like their $5.00 hooker, to be used as needed and tossed to the side when their done...cheap and used.
Supervisors Greg Avilla, Bob Williams, both Republicans and farmers want to protect their pockets by fighting to keep the Williamson Act in place, in order to give themselves and rich farmers outrageous tax breaks. Pretty self-serving.
Avilla and Supervsior George Russell both had no problem accepting decent pay, outrageous for Russell, and great benefits, when they were working for the public school system, but now that they secure in their retirement, they want to strip their employees of theirs.
Supervisor Dennis Garton and former Sheriff Clay Parker, both Republicans were always first in line, for raises and perks, even before their own deputies, but now its a necessity to cut back. Especially after the 20 years of corruption, lawsuits and political pandering they did and the lawsuits they created.
Supervisor Ron Warner, a Republican has set by and done nothing to help Tehama County, except to schmooze the Northern State Republican Mafia much to Tehama County's detriment.
When you start looking at cutting at the top and cleaning up corrupt practices by inept Supervisors and their appointed officals. There is a lot of money to pay bills and for employees to keep their benefits and moderate income.
Much better, at least in part, Pat, your meds have started to kick in. Keep taking them and Iím sure your improvement will continue. Donít forget the tens of thousands of dollars in raises the Board of Supervisors gave, that included but not limited to, the Sheriff, the Assessor and the head of the Welfare Department. The Sheriff was the big winner with an annual raise of ten grand or more, at a time when the private sector were laying off employees and businesses were closing their doors. Remember R.B. Ford and Helsers?
Pat Johnston

Placerville, CA

#45 Feb 23, 2011
Gazebo the Hutt wrote:
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those private sector jobs probably DO pay less, and all that extra money goes to PROFIT. This is what nobody seems to understand. The push for privatization has nothing to do with wages, labor unions, ect. It has to do with GRAVY FOR THE CORPORATIONS!!!!!!!!!! the corporations have no less bureaucracy, corruption, incompetence or anything else than public sector equivalents. It is a transfer of wealth upwards. Why do we have government? Because we used to have it the road warrior way and decided to pool resources for a better life for all. Greedy banksters and the corporatocracy want to take all of that away. Work for gruel, and be happy you are alive doesn't do it for me. A strong middle class has been sent down the river and has been sold as necessary for 'political victory over the socialist left'. If you buy that garbage please wake up! We are reverting to serfdom. Labor interests negatively impact the plutocracy - all other justification is propaganda - they won't just come out and say it, instead they program the masses through the 'control device'(television) and poof! instant union bashing, just add economic catastrophe and a dash of fear mongering. None of this bubble-crash meltdown-bailout-no real reform-we don't need regulations, just let us police ourselves horsekrap happened by accident. Live in terror, america! so we can take all of your money, your unborn generations money, deregulate ourselves some more profit (again at the expense of safety, and quality of life for the rest of us). Yeah, great thinking! Like congress defunding planned parenthood today. Yes, the population of corning will triple in the next generation. Where will we house them all. Stupid people electing fraudulent morons voting for krap they never read and don't understand. HOW COULD IT BE GOING WRONG?!?!?!? How bad does it have to get before we stop using good teeth and Kiwanas membership as criteria for elected officials. If you think we are sinking fast, try voting for people who make rational sense. It COULD make a difference.(there is nobody left on the county board who is not a DUUSHBAGGG!)
Couldn't have said it better!!
judy

Oroville, CA

#46 Feb 23, 2011
How is it that the county CAO Mr. Goodwin, nor any of his department heads have seen pay cuts? As a matter of fact, why have they all recieved their raises while cutting the pay of the rank and file? Let's see, 3% of $30,000 is $3,000, 3% of $100,000 is $30,000. The County would recieve a much better savings if it would also cut the wages of those earning $100,000 plus.
And another thing, how many high paid administrative assistants and assistant directors do theses directors and CAO's really need? I mean, this is freakin' Tehama County, NOT L.A. County. Perhaps they should start actually doing their job. What a concept.

“Han, mah bukee, keel-ee caleya”

Since: Feb 11

Dairyville

#47 Feb 26, 2011
judy wrote:
How is it that the county CAO Mr. Goodwin, nor any of his department heads have seen pay cuts? As a matter of fact, why have they all recieved their raises while cutting the pay of the rank and file? Let's see, 3% of $30,000 is $3,000, 3% of $100,000 is $30,000. The County would recieve a much better savings if it would also cut the wages of those earning $100,000 plus.
And another thing, how many high paid administrative assistants and assistant directors do theses directors and CAO's really need? I mean, this is freakin' Tehama County, NOT L.A. County. Perhaps they should start actually doing their job. What a concept.
How is it?!?! I will say again that this has NOTHING to do with budgets and EVERYTHING to do with killing all unions (except the prison gaurd's union, right?) because that is what corporations want and pay for through political 'donations'. Just like the illegal immigrant problem is never solved because the corporations want low wages. just like in spite of 30 years of clean water act, your drinking water is not safe (the corporations get less in fines for pollution than it would cost to do it right). We have cut music, sports, and art to the quick - and are 'teaching to the test'(check out who owns scantron and you will have your answer on that one). This has not resulted in smarter students. Perhaps it is time to listen to sane, rational thinking on this matter. But no, instead we are selling our entire country down the river because that is what is expedient to 'winning'. My question is, after the plutocracy destroys our unions, destroys our schools (and future), they have already destroyed our democratic process with propaganda and screwy voting machines, destroys the middle class and we are all serfs, well what exactly will we have 'won'???? A shattered remnant of our once great country? Is that really worth 'winning'? The corporations don't care as long as we still spend our worthless chits at wal mart. But all of you 'conservatives' should be AGAINST the endgame of the powers that be. Look past the soundbites and you will see a future that is anything but traditional or conservative. The higher that union wages are, the higher wages are for non-union workers. That is a simple fact. The more illegal immigration there is, the lower wages are for legal workers. This is another simple fact. As I have said before, no problem can be solved unless it is correctly identified. The problems that 'conservatives' complain about most often are caused by the people that they support. Step outside of the left/right paradigm for just a moment and things become much clearer.
Glen

Chico, CA

#48 Feb 26, 2011
Just more of the race to the bottom. Let's beat up public employees because they might have the pensions and health care we all should have. Things won't be right until the few really wealthy have everything and the rest of us are fighting for scraps.

Public employees earn a lower average wage than their private sector counterparts in the same occupational categories. The gave up wages in order to have the benefits we are now taking away. This is patently unfair.

FYI - Texas has no public sector unions and is controlled completely by Republicans, yet it has one of the worst budget deficits in the country. How do we blame unions and democrats for that?

Wake up folks and realize public employees are not the problem or the enemy. Greedy wall street bankers and corporate executives who make almost 600 times the average workers pay are to blame for our problems. There is plenty of money in our economy for all of us to live a good life. The problem is most of that money is funneled away from working people and upward to the wealthy.

Think about this. Who do you have more in common with, a public sector worker living in your town or a rich banker on wall street?

Since: Sep 10

United States

#49 Feb 27, 2011
Glen wrote:
Just more of the race to the bottom. Let's beat up public employees because they might have the pensions and health care we all should have. Things won't be right until the few really wealthy have everything and the rest of us are fighting for scraps.
Public employees earn a lower average wage than their private sector counterparts in the same occupational categories. The gave up wages in order to have the benefits we are now taking away. This is patently unfair.....
Glen, you're only getting, "beat up" when you are out of touch with what the facts are. Things have changed recently and the private sector has seen massive lay-offs and pay/benefit adjustments of 20-30%. The public sector has quite a way to go, yes it sucks, we know. I'm predicting you're not going to get more sympathy then that from the private sector for quite a while.

Let the opening commercial play through.
Wages, Public sector wins.
Benefits, Public sector wins.
Retirement, Public sector wins.
However, there are a few specialized occupations, a CPA in this instance, where the private sector wins with wages by about 5%.
http://a.abcnews.com/WNT/video/wages-stack-na ...

Compensation and benefits Tehama County employees.
http://lgcr.sco.ca.gov/CompensationDetail.asp ...

Tehama County per capita income $25,446 year end 2008.
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http://co.tehama.ca.us/images/stories/plannin ...

California Private industry workers: Hourly wage percentiles
All workers
10 25 50 75 90
$8.94 $11.70 $17.77 $28.59 $43.46
http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/sp/nctb1222.txt

California State and local government workers: Hourly wage percentiles
All workers
10 25 50 75 90
$14.86 $18.98 $26.94 $39.22 $51.69
http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/sp/nctb1223.txt

Table 1. Summary: Mean hourly earnings(1) and weekly hours for selected worker and establishment characteristics, Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Trucke e, CA-NV CSA,
June 2009
All workers

Civilian
Hourly earnings
Mean
$24.47

Private industry
Hourly earnings
Mean
$21.75

State and local government
Hourly earnings
Mean
$30.62
http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/sp/ncbl1438.txt

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