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County asks state Attorney General to investigate DA Rosen

Original post made on Apr 9, 2013

The California Attorney General has been asked to investigate a pay-compensation policy District Attorney Jeff Rosen has given to supervising attorneys in his office for the past 16 months.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 9:10 AM

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

Obviously, the DA has extra money in his budget to cover this nonsense. So cut the budget!

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

> Rosen maintains he instituted a transparent policy
> regarding the additional leave to recognize his
> supervisors for their additional duties, experience,
> and responsibilities.

Doesn’t the County’s HR Department have the responsibility of determining the job description, and compensation levels, for all County employees—including the attorneys working for the County?

So—what “additional duties, experience and responsibilities” is DA Rosen talking about, that the HR Department would seem to be unaware?

Most of these County Attorneys are very well compensated. When their pensions are folded in to their total compensation package, they will be seeing roughly two dollars in retirement for every dollar they made when they were on the job. Why isn’t DA Rosen showing any understanding of the total compensation that these employees are eventually paid?

Given that the DA’s office is not very transparent, to begin with—it’s very difficult to understand what the public is getting for its money. Let’s hope that the public is offered a better choice for DA than a replay of this fellow’s questionable track record come the next election.

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Posted by Hey, hey, hey
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

So they got a 5% pay cut, BFD!!! In 2001, my husband got a 30% pay cut, and gave his eloyees a 10% cut--and they were happy it was ONLY 10%. Eventually, their full pay was restored, but not until 2003.

In 2008, I was laid off and my husband took another 30% cut--but this time he had to lay off five people and cut the others' pay 10% again. The employees got their pay restored, one got her job restored, but my husband has not yet, after five years, restored his own pay....

So, these people in the DA's office, who largely make upwards of 200K/year, should not whine so much about 5% in pay cuts, especially since their boss coensated them on other ways. They should just man up like other people do in this roller coaster called Silicon Valley.

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Posted by William Berry
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

This article about DA Rosen dosen't surprise me. Give a man a certain degree of power and invariably he will supersede it. He is enjoying the fruits of his labor by going to law school yet he denies my daughter who put herself thru school to be come an architect, thru his refusal to drop an arrest warrant on her for protecting her young daughter 24 years ago, most likely condemns her to waiting tables. It will be interesting to watch himself wiggle himself out of this.

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Posted by Carole B.
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

D.A. Rosen should be held responsible for what he has done. He makes the rest of the County look bad. And as for Jeff Smith-he is in on it too I am sure. All the top exec's "steal" frm the Public/County funds and they will have to answer to God at some point if they make it to the right place. Good luck on this mess..

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

The California Attorney General? The same attorney general who took office to uphold and defend the laws of California? The same one that just filed a brief in court that Federal Environmental law should trump the state's California Environmental Quality Act? So that the California High Speed Rail Authority could shirk their responsibility to the citizens of the state to protect the environment by following CEQA. You mean THAT attorney general - that is so busy bending over backward for union and developer special interests that she too busy to defend the state? Don't hold your breath, I kinda think she won't return the call, unless there's a union special interest on the other side of the line.

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