Small City BIG Salaries

Below is a list of salaries for the small bed room community of  Upland.  Upland has a population of approximatively 77,000 people with an median household income in 2009: $65,330.  This is a small city is it only 15 square miles. So the city manager makes seven times the median income of the city. even the lowest paid position,  Fire Battalion Chief makes more the twice the the cities median income.

 

Position…Salary / Compensation (salary+benefits)

City Manager…$368,529 / $460,625

Police Chief…$229,724 / $306,621

Fire Chief…$170,698 / $242,390

Public Works Director…$177,030 / $236,004

City Clerk…$175,606 / $231,230

Finance Director…$168,659 / $225,418

Police Captain…$160,940 / $221,201

Community Development Director…$165,422 / $219,618

Police Captain…$160,940 / $219,175

Police Captain…$159,566 / $216,217

Assistant City Manager…$159,569 / $214,418

Human Resources Director…$159,230 / $214,132

Fire Division Chief…$149,066 / $211,156

Fire Battalion Chief…$149,363 / $207,787

Library Director…$150,269 / $202,742

Fire Battalion Chief…$143,830 / $201,274

SOURCE: City of Upland

 

Something is wrong when city salaries have ballooned to this magnitude. How can the city staff pay themselves these outrageous salaries. Why do normal human beings think this it is OK to take this kind of money.

It is because they think it is their money. After all if we need more money we will just TAX the population more. It is an endless supply of money.  Well it is NOT just an endless supply of money. We all work hard for our money to provide a good quality of life to our love ones.  So the public sector needs to get real and come back to reality and stop these huge exorbitant salaries. Instead of cutting programs and services cut your dam salary back to a normal salary.

Keep your hand out of my pocket.

 

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28th Amendment

Nov 01 2010 Published by under Goverment policy, unbelievable

 

An idea whose time has come!

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform … in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law.

 

I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

It is also time to stop the practice of sneaking unpopular legislation through, piggybacked on legislation which is more likely to pass by including a single purpose rule. Many State constitutions already have such a rule that is designed to avoid complexity in laws and to avoid any hidden consequences that legislators or voters may miss when reading the proposed law.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to forward this Email to a minimum of twenty people on their Address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States . Nor shall Congress enact any legislation that shall embrace more than one subject, which subject shall be clearly expressed in its title”

 

This post stolen from:  Darlene Adams, La Plata MD 20646

 

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100 million is not that much

May 27 2010 Published by under American Consumer, Dumb Americans, Goverment policy

BudgetNeed some help on making sense of what Obama is talking about. Obama talks about a cutting 100 million  from the 3.5 Trillion Dollar budget. Sound Like a lot of money right? And we all feel good that our president is making a differance.

Watch the video. This guy makes it easy to see what the President is doing. And it points our how small 100 million is compared to 3.5 trillion.

Size of the US budget Video

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Delay DTV NOT!

Jan 28 2009 Published by under American Consumer, Dumb Americans, Goverment policy


Question from J Q Public:
Why the DTV delay?

Answer from Washington:
You are not ready!

First I would think that the Obama administration would have more important things to deal with, like the failing United States economy!

But instead they are pushing a bill through the House and Congress to delay the Digital Television transition. The Digital Transitions has been going on for eight years. So is four months going to make any difference?

Ok so the 1.3 billion dollars ran out, that means 32.5 million converter boxes were bought. According to ConsumersAffairs.com 58% of the households have cable, 29% have satellite. If there about 100 million households in the United States that means the majority of us are ready for the conversion to digital television or do not need it.  Remember anyone using cable, satellite or IPTV will not be effected by the digital transition.

So there are two million plus waiting for a converter box coupion.  Let them buy a converter box and get a tax credit. There is no delay and no excuses.

The delay, if approved, will cost the broadcasters millions of dollars in cost over the additional four months. This increase in cost is because they will need to run both the analog and digital transmitters for an additional 4 months. Most broadcasters have hundreds of  station across the country. So this adds up fast.

In my opinion we should not add to the confusion over the digital transition. Instead after eight years of having feet in both the digital and analog world, just do the cut over on February 17 , 2009 as planed. Washington should get on the task at handle the US economy. Washington does not need to be worried about or TV.

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NBC Peacock goes brown for Obama!

Jan 20 2009 Published by under Changing scene, Goverment policy

NBC displayed a brown peacock logo in honor of President Barack Obama Inauguration 1/20/2009. The normally multi color peacock NBC logo was displayed prominently on the front of the desk ,that was part of the NBC Today Show inauguration set, in a blue foreground and brown tail feathers. It made for an interesting set as the brown was worked into the entire set color scheme. The color scheme was not as upbeat as one would have liked, the set looked muted.

This is not the first time NBC changed the color of their peacock logo. Back in 2007 and 2008 the peacock was colored green in honor of Earth day, and Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Now what?

Nov 07 2008 Published by under Changing scene, Goverment policy

For years Jackson and Sharption have spoken out against the establishment. Now that we have a President of color what are they going to do? They are part of the establishment now, no excuses.

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JUNK political Signs

Oct 23 2008 Published by under Changing scene, Dumb Americans, Goverment policy, Uncategorized

JunkSigns
No the lower case p in the title “JUNK political Signs” was not a typo. I typed that way. The clutter of political signs, during election, is yet another sign of the dual standards of Joe private citizen vs. government politicians. Local politicians have all kinds of ordnances restricting how business can advertise. BUT when it comes to the politicians they can place a sign all most anywhere. True they can only be placed 30 days before the election and must be removed shortly after the election, but the still become an eyesore.

Do politicians really think that a display of sign, as pictured above, will convince a person to vote for them? To me it shows total disregard, by the person running for office, for the city they are running in.

There once again another indication of Dumb Americans, the way we allow the dual standards.

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This photo was take accross the street from the photos above. So on the west side of the street are 17 signs and on the east side there are 21 signs.

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