Sanders opposes pay raises for himself, council
Mayor Jerry Sanders said Wednesday he is opposed to a 15 percent raise recommended by San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission for himself and all eight City Council members.
Sanders said that given San Diego’s fiscal situation, now is not the time for a pay hike.
“While I appreciate the work of the commission, their recommendations are out of sync with the current economic and fiscal climate,” he said. “Now is simply not the time to be awarding salary increases to anyone — especially when so many people are losing their jobs or taking pay cuts.
“It would not be fair to our hard-working city employees, who recently took a 6 percent compensation reduction, for anyone in city government to receive an increase in pay,” he added.
City Councilman Carl DeMaio also said he won’t take a raise and urged his colleagues to follow suit.
“I urge the mayor and City Council to reject these salary increases,” he said. “The city faces a severe fiscal crisis — and our taxpayers are feeling the pinch of a rough economy.”
If the mayor and the council members accept the recommendation, Sanders’ pay would increase from $100,464 to $115,534, and their pay would increase from $75,386 to $86,694, starting July 1, 2011.
An analysis by San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission shows Sanders should be making more than double his current pay and City Council members should each receive a nearly $100,000 raise, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
However the commission, which is made up of volunteers, is suggesting that Sanders and all eight council members each receive a 15 percent salary increase.
San Diego’s charter requires the commission to make annual recommendations for the salaries of elected officials. The recommendations are then voted on by the City Council, which has rejected proposed raises in the past seven years.
Mark McMahon, the commission’s president, told the newspaper that the city’s elected officials haven’t had a raise since 2003, and that a growing number of city employees — 3,431 — earn more than an individual council member.