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Supes, CEO need to make sacrifices

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I am a Placer County retiree who retired from the auditor-controller office in 1993. I was at the board of supervisors’ meeting on Sept. 7 and I spoke on behalf of those who retired before Nov. 1, 2007. I have made my voice heard many times before at the board of supervisors’ meetings on behalf of retirees. I totally agree with the opinion column of Sept. 22 from Marlene George of Save Granite Bay. Kirk Uhler is all about himself and cares not at all for others. At the Sept. 7 board of supervisors’ meeting, he told the county employees if they were unhappy with conditions, they could look elsewhere for a job. Why didn’t his wife look elsewhere instead of grabbing a high-paying job that was given to her by the county? When Kirk Uhler spoke to the local chapter of Retired Public Employees Association in August, he said he had to give up his $120,000 job with Solar Power (Inc.) because he is a Placer County supervisor. Solar Power was given a sweetheart deal by the county and when that was made known to the public, the heat was on and he gave up his job. Placer County hired Special Counsel Dick Whitmore, an attorney from San Francisco, according to the website for his firm, as the county’s representative at the negotiations. How much did the county pay him? The board of supervisors and Placer County CEO Tom Miller apparently do not realize that they are spending the taxpayers’ money; it is not their money. They have forced furlough days and higher health care costs on employees and some health care costs on retirees. The CEO’s office has about 61 employees and has a hefty salary budget, according to the 2009-2010 budget. Mr. Miller makes about $250,000 a year. The county makes deals with management that spike their pensions. That is why there are 21 Placer County retirees (management) on the infamous $100,000 public pension list on the Internet. According to the Placer County website, the county has about 3,000 employees. Los Angeles County has about 101,000 employees and that county has 25 names on the infamous high pension list. If the county is facing a budget shortfall, I suggest there are many places where budget cuts could be made. I am willing to make sacrifices but so should the board of supervisors. Do away with the supervisors’ slush fund, give the CEO a 10 percent pay cut, as well as managers. Make it an equal sacrifice and do not take it out on the rank and file and the retirees. Stop the sweetheart deals like Solar Power and see that everyone shares the pain. Return some integrity to the board of supervisors. Gloria Stallman, Auburn