The Swarm

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April 17, 2009
Supervisor stymied in quest to cut her salary

In solidarity with county workers who will soon be required to forgo cost-of-living increases and take unpaid furloughs, Sacramento Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan has volunteered to cut her salary by an equivalent amount. But there's a problem. The county attorney has told MacGlashan that a county ordinance prevents her from cutting her salary midterm. MacGlashan says she's trying to get around this prohibition. County Counsel Robert Ryan was out on Friday when I tried to get clarification about the ordinance, but I talked to one of his assistants, who pretty much backed up the supervisor's story. But he did suggest that there is a common-sense way out for MacGlashan and any other elected officials who want to follow her sensible lead. They could just write the county a check for an amount equivalent to the pay cut they want to take. Hey, Supervisors Dickinson, Yee, Peters and Nottoli, are you paying attention?  


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