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$389,679


As a part of what I'm reacting to in the Watertown Times editorial last week (note that I'm not necessarily weeping and rending my garments over the election outcome - I don't know enough about Owens to have an opinion yet), let me toss this out. In the LA Times today, there was an op-ed which - to a large extent I agree with. the author complains about the political idiocy that's ruling California today:
The ineffective response to the current financial crisis reflects trends that have been hurting California public education for years. To win votes, political leaders mandated long prison sentences that forced us to stop building schools and start building prisons. This has made us dumber but no safer. Leaders pandered by promising tax cuts no matter what and did not worry about how to provide basic services without that money. Those tax cuts did not make us richer; they've made us poorer. To remain in office, they carved out legislative districts that ensured we would have few competitive races and leaders with no ability or incentive to compromise. Rather than strengthening the parties, it pushed both parties to the fringes and weakened them.

When the economy was good, our leaders failed to make hard choices and then faced disasters like the energy crisis. When the economy turned bad, they made no choices until the economy was worse.

In response to failures of leadership, voters came up with one cure after another that was worse than the disease -- whether it has been over-reliance on initiatives driven by special interests, or term limits that remove qualified people from office, or any of the other ways we have come up with to avoid representative democracy.
So what's not to like?

He goes on:
My story is not unique. It is the story of California's rise from the 1960s to the 1990s. Millions of people stayed here and succeeded because of their California education. We benefited from the foresight of an earlier generation that recognized it had a duty to pay it forward.

That was the bargain California made with us when it established the California Master Plan for Higher Education in 1960. By making California the state where every qualified and committed person can receive a low-cost and high-quality education, all of us benefit. Attracting and retaining the leaders of the future helps the state grow bigger and stronger. Economists found that for every dollar the state invests in a CSU student, it receives $4.41 in return.

So as someone who has lived the California dream, there is nothing more painful to me than to see this dream dying. It is being starved to death by a public that thinks any government service -- even public education -- is not worth paying for. And by political leaders who do not lead but instead give in to our worst, shortsighted instincts.
But there's a problem...let me give some examples.

CSU LA, one local campus of the California State University - the author was a Trustee of the statewide institution - has 119 employees who make over $100K in annual salary - plus 40% burden, I'd guess. The campus President makes $389,679.

Take a look at the job descriptions and salaries below (I've deleted the names, but all this information is available courtesy of the Sacramento Bee). And there's the rub.

I don't mind a whit supporting the cost of building out a university system that could be available to everyone in California (side issue: does everyone really have to go to college?). I think that ladder of opportunity is vital to our success as a state and as a nation.

But when the ladder-builders are getting this fat, lots of people are going to look at their demands for better ladders and wonder whether those ladders are really worth funding.
Job Title
 Total Pay 
PRESIDENT  $        389,679
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        230,262
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        209,862
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        197,296
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        193,482
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        191,022
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        188,916
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        184,600
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        164,964
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        163,983
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        163,806
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        163,128
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        161,272
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        159,816
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        159,234
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        159,048
PHYSICIAN  $        157,036
NETWORK ANALYST -12  $        155,508
GRANT-RELATED/SPECIALLY FUNDED INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY  $        151,987
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        150,875
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        147,246
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        145,746
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        142,289
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        140,952
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        139,866
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        137,742
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        136,902
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        136,884
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        136,392
DEPARTMENT CHAIR - 12 MONTH  $        135,191
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        134,816
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        134,463
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        134,124
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        133,296
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        131,862
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        130,254
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        128,862
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        128,634
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        127,747
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        126,726
LIBRARIAN - 12 MONTH  $        126,416
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        125,334
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - 12 MONTH  $        123,817
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - 12 MONTH  $        122,426
DEPARTMENT CHAIR - 12 MONTH  $        122,126
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        121,254
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        120,972
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        120,138
SERGEANT  $        119,900
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        119,082
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        118,759
DEPARTMENT CHAIR - 12 MONTH  $        118,508
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        118,434
ADMINISTRATOR IV  $        117,160
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        116,466
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        114,812
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        114,424
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        113,603
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        112,602
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        112,434
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        112,117
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        112,038
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        111,925
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        109,620
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - 12 MONTH  $        109,217
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        109,104
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        109,086
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        108,816
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        108,786
ANALYST/PROGRAMMER -12  $        108,624
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - 12 MONTH  $        108,127
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        107,594
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        107,426
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        107,411
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        106,360
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        106,296
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        106,204
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        106,103
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        105,159
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        105,071
LIBRARIAN - 12 MONTH  $        104,485
HEAD COACH - 12 MONTH  $        104,365
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        104,072
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        103,976
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        103,868
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        103,758
SUPERVISING LIBRARIAN - 12 MONTH  $        103,575
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        103,412
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        103,410
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        103,410
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        103,290
ADMINISTRATOR III  $        102,631
LIBRARIAN, PROGRAM SERVICES - 12 MONTH  $        102,365
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        102,354
LIBRARIAN - 12 MONTH  $        102,209
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        102,090
SERGEANT  $        101,861
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        101,532
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        101,484
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        101,484
PHARMACIST II  $        101,449
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        101,400
ANALYST/PROGRAMMER -12  $        101,373
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - 12 MONTH  $        101,299
SERGEANT  $        101,292
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        101,070
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,975
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,819
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,819
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        100,794
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,790
STUDENT SERVICES PROFESSIONAL, ACADEMIC-RELATED II  $        100,676
ADMINISTRATOR II  $        100,565
ANALYST/PROGRAMMER -12  $        100,548
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,514
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,334
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,286
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,234
INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR  $        100,053

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