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Palo Alto Taxpayers paid $115k+ for part-time ex-politicians

Original post made by Frustrated taxpayer on Dec 27, 2013

*topped all other government groups surveyed in Bay Area
*Health Benefits stopped for future but not former part-timers for Palo Alto
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Posted by Rupert of henzau, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I posted this earlier:

Here is an article about where some of our tax payer money is going

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I am posting it here since the weekly will never do a story critical of those they supported for the city council.
Note that Palo Alto tax payers have paid the most money. Also note that yoriko got $22K in 2012 and Bernard Beecham got $16k. Also note that the council members in 2004, voted to no longer allow this benefit to future council members, but did not strip themselves of this perk.
Considering how much yoriko and Bernard " did" for the city during their tenures, they are really cashing in big time.

Perhaps gennady can tear himself away from writing congratulatory articles about the current council and look into this matter.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I heard about this elsewhere, but thanks for the specifics. Staggering! Taxpayers, are you OK with this nonsense? Part-time politicians cashing in.

Posted by Rupert of henzau, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Anonymous-- as. Noted in the article and my comment yoriko and the other council members could have easily removed that perk from their benefits. They chose not to. That says plenty about them. Pretty good payout for complaining about traffic for 8 years.

Posted by John, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 31, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Calpers allows the city to reduce the amount payed down to the minimum subsidy of $1300/year, so even if this perk can't be taken away, it can be reduced by over 80%. The council should do that immediately.

Posted by Don't know, a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 1, 2014 at 7:31 am

I'm not a fan of the current council, but they are all actually working nearly full time without pay. Pat Burt is the only one with a full time job. Lifetime med benefits seems excessive, but there should be some compensation.

Posted by A little bias, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Rupert, Funny you chose to criticize one council member but not the other one, Bern Beecham.
A little bias, perhaps?

Posted by Rupert of henzau, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

A little bias-- read my initial posting Ipin this thread- I criticize both of them. But you are correct, there is a little bias-- I think yoriko wasted the city's time more than Bernard did.

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