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Lodi activist withdraws her salary cap initiative

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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 10:00 pm

Local activist Jane Lea is back to the drawing board to find a new way to cap the salaries of all the managers in the city of Lodi.

This week, Lea withdrew her first petition for a ballot initiative limiting non-union employees' salaries to half of what the governor makes. She said she removed the petition after receiving feedback on possible legal challenges.

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  • posted at 2:30 pm on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    What is the incentive to work hard and be promoted, if that means you'll get a pay cut?Under Lea's proposition, working your way up the ladder would ultimately drop your salary. Our high-ranking police officers would make less than the people they manage.Could you imagine asking NOT to be promoted?

  • posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    In Marin, all county employees have their last year's compensation listed in the local paper, the Marin Independent Journal. I was amazed to see how many employees were earning like 2x their base salary because of overtime. Upwards of $200k/year seemed the norm and list went on and on. Most of those people had base salaries in the mid-high 5 figures. Wow. Then you check out the pension database. Double-wow! Biggest mistake of my life: a career in the private sector.

  • posted at 9:49 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    Anybody have questions as to why Jane loses every election?

  • posted at 4:57 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    Jane, leave no windmills standing. Governance by proposition and the costs of state employee unions [pensions etc] is what is killing California. Dont start more of it here. Time to let it go....

  • posted at 3:44 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    Somehow I think the City Manager should make more than I do. He/She is the CEO of the city.Cog's comments are perfect. I got nutt'n to add.

  • posted at 3:36 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    This whole project seems to be born from anger. It seems to me the unions are doing just fine. Non-union people are regulated by elected officials. The solution to that is at the ballot box, not an angry petition. Your solution seems to be letting the unions vote on their supervisor's salaries. Jane, this seems to be a solution in search of a problem. Find a new issue.

  • posted at 3:28 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    I agree Cogito. This whole idea is poorly thought out, reactionary, and driven by emotion instead of logic.Ms. Lea needs a new hobby.

  • posted at 3:04 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    Does anyone think that the people in charge of running the city should make less than a Fire Captain or a Police Lieutenant?

  • posted at 3:00 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    No one with the talent necessary to run a city would work for such low wages. It's too much responsibility with too little reward. They could earn a lot more elsewhere, and elsewhere is where they'll go. Attracting mediocre talent with a mediocre wage could end up costing the city dearly. This is simply a horrible idea.

  • posted at 2:39 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    She just wants the unions to run the city. Who needs a boss when the unions have the city's true interests at heart?

  • posted at 2:19 am on Thu, Aug 27, 2009.


    My opinion is that if the City wants to attract the best and the brightest the salaries are not out of line. Believe me, there is a reason for someone to be the "lowest bidder". I think it's more important that time be spent making sure they are doing their jobs. In the private sector it's pretty simple....do the job - you get paid .... don't do the job - you're gone!



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