Have you checked out San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio’s roving billboard in which he (misleadingly) compares the pension of a four star general to a “shushing” city librarian?
It seems that the good citizens of San Diego are being screwed by some public employee welfare queen (the head of the Library Department) who worked in some touchy-feely service (our Library department) that could easily be outsourced to the private sector which on one hand says library workers are losers and then hires them back to run their lean mean operations.
What is wrong with this picture? Plenty.
DeMaio calculatedly and callously chose not to portray the highest city pension recipient- a male assistant attorney who happens to receive $72K/yr more than the city librarian, because it doesn’t convey excess and waste like a pension to a woman who was the director of the library system. Women of course should work for “pin money” or give it away for free. And libraries? Glorified bookstores…minimum wage should cover what they do…
This is of course sheer bull pucky. Librarians had to protest in front of the City Council back in the 70’s to get equal pay for equal work. Those librarians were men as well as women. Librarians, who earned a Masters in Library Science, did not receive anywhere near the compensation of the city at large. It is my understanding that a few years ago library staff still received about $10K less in retirement than at large employees. So why is DeMaio picking on the library? Because he can- but only if you let him.
I think that it is telling that the Clairemont Friends of the Library received the marching orders from the Umbrella Library Friends group that their support of a candidate or issue would jeopardize their 501© 3 status. Yet DeMaio had his roving billboard parked across the street and was distributing “No on D” fliers while they met to figure out how to save their library.
Carl DeMaio is clearly preparing for the mayor’s race. He is also clearly anti-woman and anti-library. Here’s how the free market free for all works: police, fire and possibly streets are worthy of our tax dollars. The office of the Mayor, CEO and CFO will be grandfathered in through the back door. (How much does Gerry Braun receive?) Make all other General Fund departments a pass through to the private sector which may or may not be required to pay a “living wage.” Are you OK with that? I’m not.
How about calling Mr DeMaio and asking him to park his billboard and chill? Here’s my response. Please give him a call (619) 236-6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. DeMaio- I am appalled and angered by the disgusting, misleading and utterly sexist roving billboard you have loosed upon the city. Shame, shame on you. Anna Tatar receives $72K less a year than the highest pension recipient- a male assistant city attorney. She is also only one of five woman on the list of the top 20 pension recipients provided by the U-T http://web.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/23/top-20-pensioners-cite-city-service/. Choosing the retired female City Librarian as your poster child for pension excesses reveals both your sexism and low regard for a highly valued core city service- our library system. Above all, it is a pathetic and specious argument against Prop D.
The billboard does nothing to promote necessary rational discourse on the subject of pensions. Instead, you have joined the ranks of some of the most ethically bankrupt politicians in this nation who play upon stereotypes and ignorance to push an anti-government and anti-public employee agenda under the rubric of “fiscal responsibility.”
You deserve the public censure of your city council colleagues.”
Anna Daniels knows of what she writes as she is a former City of San Diego Librarian.