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San Francisco’s eye watering Public Sector Salaries

Forbes has compiled an interesting update on the public sector in San Francisco. The city is currently running a $1.5bn deficit. 44,526 public sector employees cost the city over $5bn pa. 18,759 of these employees take home $150,000 or more.

Of note, San Francisco is ranked 67 out of 75 large cities in America for its fiscal position with a “D” rating according to Data-Z

Looking through the books, some truck drivers took home over $262,000; city painters made over $270,000; firefighters earned $316,000+; and plumbing supervisors took home $348,291 in 2019. One deputy sheriff hit a total pay day of $574,595 in 2019 – including $315,896 in overtime. Such pay also includes pension and health care.

SF Mayor London Breed earns $452,000.

Police Chief William Scott earned $434,613. Four assistant chiefs (police and management) received between $346,528 and $445,539. Then, there were 195 employees with pay and perks exceeding $300,000 each. Sheriff Paul Miyamoto made $357,570.

Fire Dept Chief Jeanine Nicholson earns $442,722. Her predecessor retired on $311,560 annually.

Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru took home $380,120.

Homeless Services & Supportive Housing Director Jeff Kosinsky earned $238,182 last year despite a rise in homeless numbers.

Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu made $302,145.

Unfunded liabilities for pension and healthcare stands at $8.1bn or $9,000 per resident. The city’s financial report was released 268 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.

One can understand the frustration of the population in lockdown when those public officials supposed to look after them are collecting monster pay checks.

Gym for me, but not for thee

San Francisco gym owners have recently discovered that gyms inside government buildings for public servants have been open for months.

Never mind that private gyms remain shut due to the dangers of coronavirus.

Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness, said,

It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to doWhat the city has unwillingly done is created this great case study that says that working out indoors is actually safe…So, at this point, we’re just demanding that they allow us to have the same workout privileges for the citizens of San Francisco that the employees of San Francisco have.

Never mind that private citizens are suffering fines for opening their businesses just to feed their families. Public service seems to be there to serve the public servants, not the the public.

Everyday we get more confirmation that the pandemic is nowhere near as virulent as made out. The CDC has reported that only 6% of deaths in America have been directly from COVID-19.

Actions speak louder than words. If public servants can pump iron indoors they can go to a polling booth.

Bye-bye Nancy? SF home listings up 96%

It seems that San Francisco residents are looking to leave in droves. Zillow report a record surge in listings, up 96%

SF Gate noted,

Online real estate company Zillow released new statistics shining a stark light on the issue this week. Their “2020 Urban-Suburban Market Report” reveals that inventory has risen a whopping 96% year-on-year, as empty homes in the city flood the market like nowhere else in America.

The reason for this change is likely a combination of a few unprecedented factors that have collided this summer, resulting in a historic shift in the city.

Zillow economist Josh Clark told SFGATE that the remote work shift alone has not sparked the exodus.

“It may be tempting to credit the city of San Francisco’s inventory boom to the advent of remote work that came with the pandemic, but one only has to look at to San Jose to question that narrative,” Clark said. “The San Jose metro, which like the city of SF is dominated by tech workers, has not seen a similar rise. Two things that could drive the difference are San Francisco’s density and its smaller share of family households.

Or maybe it’s the political class who have failed to solve homelessness and happily decriminalize public defecation on the streets. Yes, the city council thinks an app that allows residents to pinpoint human feces to alert cleaning squads is progress.

Nancy Pelosi and her constituents – poles apart

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful people in the country, has been in charge of the California 12th District for the last 33 years. One wonders how her constituents could possible stomach anymore as homelessness and sanitation are reminiscent of a third world country.

San Francisco has had a Democrat Mayor since 1964. Contained in the video are comments about Mayor London Breed who residents hoped would make changes but lament she hasn’t done a thing. At least there is a city smartphone app which allows people to pinpoint poop patrol squads to clean up defecation in the streets.

One resident says he has voted Democrat as a liberal guy all his life but now believes they’ve gone too far left.

Why would anyone want socialists in charge in America!?

San Francisco Mayor should mind her own business, literally

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The tale of a typical liberal politician. City of San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat,  said she will no longer conduct business with 22 states that have laws limiting the ability of women to obtain abortions, specifically late-term. At present Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have pro-life laws in place. City of SF employees will be prohibited from conducting business travel to states on the list, and from making any deals with companies headquartered in those states. 

The City of SF’s Director of the Department of the Status of Women, Dr. Emily Murase said,

In recent years, states across the country have passed a growing number of restrictive abortion laws. In accordance with Supervisor Brown’s ordinance, we identified state laws that prohibit abortion before viability and have recommended that these states be added to the City Administrator’s list…If any company that is headquartered in the listed states wants to continue doing business with the City, we encourage them to stand up for reproductive rights and advocate for a change to their state law. We applaud Supervisor Brown for her leadership in authoring this ordinance and for continuing San Francisco’s long history of fighting for women’s rights.

As regular readers would know, CM detests corporates getting actively involved in politics that are completely removed from the products they sell. Corporations are completely free to go down the path of whatever marketing path they desire. However, CM doesn’t need lectures from Nike, Gillette or Starbucks on their views completely unrelated to fitness, shaving or bitter burnt coffee. CM would prefer these corporations to leave it to customers to make choices solely based on the combination of utility, quality and price of the products they sell. CM is also against boycotting of any kind. Let individuals make these choices.

Unfortunately, too many corporations are folding to this type of virtue signalling. Corporations cannot guarantee that they have 100% support for unrelated political positions among staff, so why push agendas that have little or no relevance to the performance of the business for the sake of public preening? When scandal-clad banks make overt gestures of their moral superiority on matters outside of their remit, CM reaches for a bucket. On what grounds do banks have to lecture we peons on anything? Hypocrites.

Sadly for Breed, Coca-Cola, WalMart, AT&T, Aetna, Pfizer & Eli Lilly have donated to politicians who have advocated for abortion bans in some of those 22 states. Corporate donations to politicians that may support abortion bans don’t necessarily automatically convert to company policy on the same topic. Will City of San Francisco employees caught drinking Diet Coke be hauled into a room and read the riot act? Will an internal lunchtime order for Domino’s Pizza with 50% off a 2-litre bottle of Sprite special demand staff seek pre-approval from the mayor’s office?

True to form, liberals such as Breed have no compunction bullying big business to toe the line, much like the NBA now buckles to the whims of President Xi. While kneeling for the US anthem or shunning President Trump is considered an act of free speech, it is now mandatory for all players to stand for the Chinese national anthem. How wonderful liberals decide to back the side, not the principle.

Regardless of one’s views on the rights and wrongs of (late-term) abortion, it is rather ridiculous for a mayor to dictate terms to public officials in other states who were voted in by constituents that happen to hold different opinions.

Perhaps Mayor Breed should focus on the disastrous liberal policies that have led to a surge in homelessness, drug use and public human excrement clean up squads. Although she won on a ticket of cleaning up this mess, the trends remain in force with the 1Q 2019 trend at 6,700 fecal incidents. Homeless numbers remain high.

So before Breed starts berating her neighbours for their supposed shortcomings, perhaps she should concentrate on her own backyard first. Better still, perhaps she should run for mayor in one of the cities of the 22 states mentioned and push her pro-choice platform to see how far she gets. Didn’t think so.

The ultimate irony is that these 22 states probably have less to lose than San Francisco does with this action.