Wednesday, April 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Supervisors to get 1.4 percent pay raise

By
From page A1 | December 12, 2013 | 9 Comments

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors will get a nifty stocking stuffer for Christmas – a 1.4 percent raise, their first in about six years.

As in many counties, supervisors in Solano County have their salaries tied to that of state Superior Court judges. Supervisors get 53 percent of a judge’s salary.

The state has raised the salaries of judges by 1.4 percent. Thus, county supervisors will see their pay rise by 1.4 percent, from $94,758 to $96,085.

As of Wednesday morning, several supervisors said they hadn’t heard their paychecks would rise.

“That would be complete news to me,” Board Chairwoman Linda Seifert said, adding she has not received a raise since joining the board six years ago.

Supervisor Skip Thomson also hadn’t heard the news. He said a 1.4 percent raise is reasonable.

Thomson in March proposed that supervisors take a pay cut to $85,818 annually, or 48 percent of a judge’s salary. The county had gone through years of budget cuts and possibly faced more. But the economy has improved since then. The county recently agreed to give its union employees a 2 percent raise as of last October and a 2 percent raise in October 2014.

“If we had given them something less than 1.4 percent, I might have an argument,” Thomson said.

Thomson was on the board in 1997 when the Board of Supervisors raised its salary from $34,932 annually to $49,399. He said the job had become full-time and the board wanted a salary that matched the work.

But those public hearing proved contentious. The board in 1997 also decided that supervisors’ salaries would from that point on be set in relationship to Superior Court judge salaries.

“When you’re setting your own salary, it’s always too much from the public perspective,” Thomson said. “That was an administration attempt to take it from the contentious area and make it a straightforward raise.”

The 1.4 increase to judge salaries is retroactive to July 1. County spokesman Steve Pierce said the supervisor raises will not date back to July, but only to Nov. 27, when the county got notified of the judge raises.

Retroactive pay back to July wouldn’t really involve that much money, but would violate a county policy against retroactive raises, Pierce said.

“It’s not really about money, it’s about being fair and equitable and consistent,” Pierce said.

Supervisors Jim Spering and John Vasquez could make a few hundred dollars extra from the raises. They each get longevity pay based on both salary and number of years of service for local governments. Now their base salaries are rising.

Thomson has declined to receive longevity pay. Supervisors Erin Hannigan and Seifert are not eligible for longevity pay.

Pierce noted that supervisors in recent years have reduced their benefits, as has happened for other county employees as well.

It’s the season for pay raises in the public sector. California legislators recently got a raise of nearly $5,000 and Gov. Jerry Brown received a raise of $9,000.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 9 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • PatriotDecember 12, 2013 - 4:30 am

    wow , even the county supervisors are getting a pay raise. Vacaville employees are taking a 8.82% pay decrease.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The MisterDecember 12, 2013 - 6:26 am

    Makes ya wonder if Vacaville "leaders" have some other agenda. Hmmm.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • innovationinstitutellcDecember 12, 2013 - 6:07 am

    Just a constructive thought. Quality gained by paying those on the management level a bit more can translate into bigger cost savings overall. Bottom line is paying the supervisors more can mean smarter decisions that avoid costly mistakes. So we're for their salary increase.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Taxed Enough AlreadyDecember 12, 2013 - 6:40 am

    You mean we have to bribe the supervisors to get them to make "smarter decisions"? What an utterly wrong-headed idea!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The MisterDecember 12, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    I second that! Motion moved. Kick the bums out!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Salty DogDecember 12, 2013 - 7:32 am

    Well their is a very simple solution to this in the next election vote them all out of their position and then they will have to get a real job.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensDecember 12, 2013 - 11:25 am

    I don't begrudge their salaries but some of the perks are excessive. $200 a month for a cell phone? What really torques my tube about State and Local leadership is the outcomes they are responsible for---bad neighborhoods, bad people on public assistance, bad schools full of employees carping and harping for more of the same with jobs, business along with 2 parent families saying ''buh-bye'' like a David Spade SNL skit.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Kene WinstonDecember 12, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    My last supervisor was the worst. On a nice day she would be decorated like a Christmas tree.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • bahhumbugDecember 13, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Wow, the judges, already making over $178,000 a year, get a pay raise which is tied to "state employee" salary increases. Meanwhile, court employees, who are NOT "state employees," are being laid off or furloughed. And the Solano Supervisors get a raise while the Solano court employees haven't seen even a COLA in 5 years. Yeah, by all means, take care of those at the top of the food chain first!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Delta barriers no longer needed

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

 
 
Supervisors voice concern on state Delta plans

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Dental clinic coming Friday, Saturday

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 4 Comments

 
Vacaville man to stand trial for baseball bat attack

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

Rotarians talk about running clinic to help Haitians

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District eyes new auditor

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

 
County honors Purple Heart recipients

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Solano recognizes 1,300-strong volunteer corps

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Highway 12 night work scheduled in Delta

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

 
Kids fishing derby in Fairfield is part of Earth Day

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A7

 
Garamendi to host open house at Fairfield office

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A7

 
County approves Icon agreements

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B9

 
Ceremony set to break ground for Suisun City Walmart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B9, 19 Comments | Gallery

Dutch Bros. opening with free drinks

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B9, 7 Comments

 
Mustangs and More event moved back to October

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A10

Museum readies to host Sallie Fox Day in Vacaville

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Golf tournament to raise funds for children

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Rotary club to host clay shooting derby

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A11

 
Ghost Walk returns to Suisun City

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A11

Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A11

 
NAMI talk on reducing mental health stigma

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11

 
.

US / World

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
In Internet TV case, justices show concern

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

GOP candidate releases education policy overview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Biden: Russia must ‘stop talking and start acting’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Most Sherpas decide to leave Everest for season

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Jet stowaway at hospital; security issues linger

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Ukraine orders new ‘anti-terror’ operation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

In Ukraine’s east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

‘Piles and piles’ of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15, 1 Comment

.

Opinion

Mystery of Ukraine’s anti-Semitic pamphlet

By Frida Ghitis | From Page: A13

 
Editorial cartoons for April 23, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A13

 

Groundwater becomes next big California fight

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A13

 
Fairfield’s main problem is the mayor

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 4 Comments

.

Living

Solving and resolving life’s problems

By Barton Goldsmith | From Page: A2

 
Today in History for April 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Community Calendar: April 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
 
A healthy take on the very not healthy Scotch egg

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

How can I get my 12-year-old grandson to sleep in his own bed?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 23, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

DeGeneres making design series for HGTV

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Bieber seeks delay in Fla. DUI trial

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

5 Fairfield runners finish Boston Marathon

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Prep swimming update: Postseason looms on horizon

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
SCC softball ends regular season with 29 straight wins

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Seahawks acquire QB Terrelle Pryor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NFL playoff game to air on ESPN for 1st time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Djokovic: Wrist better, will try to play in Madrid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Pujols’ 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Beverly Hanson, forgotten pioneer in women’s golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warriors announce new plans for SF arena

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
AP Source: N.Y. Giants’ Hill facing 3rd suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors’ Curry eager to erase Game 2 nightmare

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Spurs’ Popovich wins NBA Coach of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Raiders begin offseason workouts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NBA Playoffs: Raptors even series with Nets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

.

Obituaries

Robert James Carty Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Richard P. Horn

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Dondi Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anne Irene Elizabeth Fulgoni

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Kyong Hee Maxwell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Norma O’Regan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard Of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7