Around Town | July 2, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 2, 2010

Around Town

WAGE LABOR ... The Palo Alto City Council is, in its own view, an underpaid bunch. Members receive $7,200 a year to read thick bundles of weekly staff reports, pass budgets and set the city's policies. By Councilwoman Karen Holman's estimation, the salary translates to about $3.47 an hour. With that in mind, the city's group of elected below-minimum-wage-earners defeated a proposal by the council's Finance Committee to trim the council salaries by 10 percent. Councilman Greg Schmid, who opposed the pay cut as chair of the Finance Committee, said Monday he was taking his cue from another civic leader — President George Washington. One of Washington's greatest decisions during the Revolutionary War, Schmid said, was to recruit and retain a professional army to oppose the British oppressors. Washington defied calls to rely on volunteers, recognizing that the nation needed to provide financial incentives to its soldiers. "You don't want soldiers who come out on one glorious day at Bunker Hill," Schmid said. "You need them seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. By paying them something, you create incentive."

This story contains 719 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields