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Gerald Clift for county supervisor

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From page A11 | May 28, 2014 |

My son, Gerald Clift, believes that we should stop spending money on wasteful pet projects and that we should prioritize the services that our county relies upon.

Rather than lay off more than 140 employees (as our supervisor did), Gerald would have reduced the compensation for dozens of managers and administrators making more than $180,000 (more than our governor’s salary).

Running a county budget is about priorities and our supervisor has the wrong ones.

Gerald has also promised to give $10,000 of his salary to schools in Vacaville in Dixon. In addition, he will refuse to accept the $10,400 auto allowance for this position. In contrast, Gerald’s opponent (John Vasquez) voted to increase his compensation by more than $10,000.

Please vote for my son, Gerald Clift, on June 3.

Gary Clift

Vacaville

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  • SteveMay 27, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Mr. Clift. Did you realize during the timeframe you mention the Board of Supervisors and Senior Staff had their compensation levels reduced? Also did you realize it was SEIU who chose to have members laid off instead of renegotiating its contract? Most of us took a hit during the recession, Mr. Clift. SEIU members did not. Their leadership chose to cast off a portion of their membership instead of negotiating salaries. Lastly, when candidates say they will give their salaries away, all that tells me is that they have no other ideas to run on.

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  • SamMay 27, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Steve, did you realize that Vasquez voted against the salary reduction that Skip Thomson, Linda Seifert, and Erin Hannigan voted for? Did you also realize that while Solano County Supervisors were getting a base pay of $95,000, Yolo County Supervisors were getting a base pay of $59,000? Did you realize that Vasquez voted against eliminating his longevity pay? Did you realize that voluntarily reducing a portion of his auto allowance doesn't mitigate the fact that Vasquez voted to restore his auto allowance (he voted to bring back the auto allowance that was eliminated several years ago as a compromise for their large salary increase)? Just because the SEIU prefers one method to reduce county expenses, it doesn't mean that the Supervisors have to go along with it. That's whole point of having an independent elected body. Otherwise, we could just have the SEIU and the County Administrator work everything out. Their current salaries are obscene and I stand by Gerald's support to reduce them. If each Supervisor cut $20,000 ($10,000 from base salaries and $10,400 from auto allowances) from their compensation (as Gerald has promised to do), that alone would free up $100,000 for a salary of one of the employees that was fired. This is hardly an insignificant proposal. In addition, he has plenty of ideas on his website: http://gclift.com

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  • SteveMay 28, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    I know what Supervisors make. And if they are effective, I don't care if it's double. And it's not up to SEIU to determine how the County manages expenses. No one elected it to perform that function. I sure hope Clift isn't supporting a public employee union for that function.

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