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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 | voiceofsandiego.org broke the supervisor free junket story (beating the competition AGAIN), and now proposes the correct solution: Abolish the annual $2 million slush fund giveaway which buys favors and assures reelection forever.
This flap raises three related issues:
- The only way to get these incumbents out is through term limits. If we couldn’t get rid of an obnoxious rogue like Bill Horn (challenged this year by solid opponent Bruce Thompson), it is clear that the job has lifetime tenure.
So far I have not been able to find funding for putting our proposed term limits initiative on the ballot, but if it gets there, it will pass by an overwhelming margin.
- Just how hard is a supervisor’s job? How many meetings a week? How long? And, most important, how many weeks off? I think they get about 16 weeks off a year – four months!
- So, why do we pay them so much? The supervisors’ audacious answer would be that they are UNDERPAID, compared to private sector managers handling similar responsibilities. But the private sector pays such managers to MAKE money, while all the Supervisors have to do is SPEND money – OUT money.
Conversely, if private sector managers don’t do their job well, they are fired. If county supervisors do their job poorly, they get reelected anyway and travel the world for free.