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9/6/2012 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Let's not give away the farm ...again

It seems that elected boards and councils in Blythe keep playing the same song to us over and over again when it comes to hiring management. With Palo Verde College trustees about to hire a new president, we wonder if they will ask Blythe taxpayers to, once again, accept fewer services so they can pay someone a salary and benefits beyond what's available in the budget.

While we don't have an exact number on the salary and benefits trustees are offering, we know the history of the boards and councils in Blythe and their tendency to believe that the more you pay, the better you get. Blythe's own experience would point to a different conclusion.

The city cranks out almost a quarter-million dollars a year in pay and benefits for a city manager who is proud to proclaim he's kept the city out of bankruptcy. While that achievement is admirable, the city isn't accomplishing much else.

Beyond the city manager pay, the city is dishing out millions more in wages and benefits to many other managers, leaving no money left over for improvements to our roads, parks and other basic city services.

We have a hospital manager making $500,000 in pay and benefits - and while the Times believes the hospital is making progress on its most difficult problems - no one on the public dole deserves $500,000 a year ...especially in Blythe.

The acting school superintendent makes almost $130,000 in salary alone and the schools are hanging on by just a thread - failure almost inevitable and a state takeover a very real possibility in the future.

Surely, with all that money being paid to these experts, our community would have some of the most imaginative and creative minds available running our local government organizations - but sadly - that is far from the truth.

All of these government agencies are on the brink of destitution and yet our local elected bodies continue to feel justified in paying unsustainable salaries and benefits to less than competent individuals.

It wasn't but a year or so ago that the college was facing bankruptcy - despite the generous salaries and benefits their management was drawing. Does anybody believe we got what we paid for then?

Still, we continue to offer outrageous pay to these so-called wizards who have failed to provide the most basic services taxpayers expect, namely: a clean, safe and functioning city; schools that provide a well-rounded education for our children; and quality health care.

The College Board needs to offer a salary and benefits package based on what's in the budget after accounting for the fundamental services taxpayers deserve and expect. If that's not enough money for anyone who's offered the job, then let them take their talents to South Beach. We're not getting what we pay for now so maybe it's time for another approach, one based on dollars and cents... and common sense.

Let's hope that's the approach the College Board takes when offering salary and benefits to its new president.

The position expressed is that of the Palo Verde Valley Times


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Information for Enquiring minds

Just wanted to pass on some useful information. This has been alittle hard to follow and I've been doin some research I wanted to give you so you are reading accurate information. The contract on the information on the website is not the current one. The new one is dated feb28,2011 signed by Mr Carney and Beatrice Pinon dated Mar 8,2011. I'm shocked and upset over all this outrageous amount of money. The newspaper should put it here on the website for all the people here in Blythe to read. I've never seen anything like this my daughter and I were talking about it this weekend.She works at Brawley. It's a terrible thing giving our taxpayer money away like this.I want these people to explain.Seems like these hospital board members have given away the house, land and all.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Enquiring Minds

@Bobby Jo, So sad that you're sad and obviously working so hard! No Public Information Act is needed. All the contracts are posted on the PVH website. Here you go...enjoy!

Instead of going thru all of the archives to find all the contracts the Physician contracts are available at http://ourpvh.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=40 and the Administration contracts are available at http://ourpvh.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=40.




Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Jo

@Enquring minds, I am saddened that you take the Times as gospel, let me reintroduce you to the Public Information Act. Get the real deal, not "The Times" angry rant. You might learn something. Peace be with you.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: James Eubanks

There seems to be several spheres of power in the community all disassociated from the other by a "board". We have PVCC, the hospital, PVV schools, the city manager, and the mayor/city council.

It appears the mayor/city council are not involved with any of the boards that they should be.

I'm reminded that when Custer captured Charlottesville, VA the mayor and the president of UVA insisted on surrendering seperately.


Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Enquiring Minds

@ Bobby Jo - Here you go. This quote is taken from a PVVT posting dated 1/14/10, which was a review of several previous PVVT articles and postings from that time period.

"Last week the Palo Verde Valley Times reported on the contracts that the Healthcare District Board (Sandra Hudson, James Carney, Timothy Maley, Rosalie Carlton and Francisco Tejeda) have approved totaling $2,213,000 (Two Million Two Hundred Thirteen Thousand Dollars).

This included on-call pay that totaled $1,500,000, directorships that totaled $216,000 and the CEO's revised contract that could earn him up to $497,000 annually."

http://paloverdevalleytimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=12853


Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2012
Article comment by: @district employee

You rave about the dual position held by the acting superintendent.You must be an out-of-towner! Your acting superintendent regardless of the salary (deleted). He explains that to all out-of-towners he hires. In regard to his saving the district massive monies...trust me, with him, you are getting exactly what you are paying for. He is here all the time because he has no where else to go. (deleted) If you think this man loves this town, you better think twoice. He is securing his retirement and is not your saviour!!

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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: District Employee

Regarding the salary paid to the Acting Superintendent. Please note that Mr. Bilek is being paid the least of these three managers you mentioned but you have not noted that he is holding down two positions. Not only is he still the Personnel Director, but he is also filling in for the Superintendant - both very demanding jobs for little more than the pay of his real position. Dr. Whitney was making $160,000 plus perks prior to his ouster so in the nearly two years that Mr. Bilek has held down both jobs, he has saved the district $320,000. Please note that he is very much a full-time employee - rarely taking days off or any vacation time. He is the first one in the office and often the last to leave. Also note his car parked outside the DO nearly every Saturday and Sunday. It is unfair to the District and to Mr. Bilek to lump him in with other people you mention in your article.

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Jo

@Enquiring, Your number of 730,000. divided by your incorrect number of 2000.00 (has never been that that I can find) equals 365. Are you so uninformed that you think that anyone is on call 365 days per year? That is the sheer foolishness that is destroying this town. Get your facts! It is called the Public Information Act. The CEO is not worth 600 grand period! Get real!

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: Enquiring Minds

@Bobby, When you have the facts it would be appropriate to present all of them, not just the ones that support your position. You seem to have conveniently left out the part right below the 6 weeks of vacation where it states that the CEO is required to be on call 24/7/365. Now how much is that worth? Well, the Drs. get up to $2K per day, or the equivalent of about $730K per yr, just for being on call whether they get called in or not. That certainly gets our attention! You can be assured that people who are qualified to be hospital CEO's aren't stupid as to what the going market rate is for their skills and work requirements. In fact, you could even figure it out for yourself. Several web sites can provide that information. Try using the Google or Ask portals. Amazing the information available if you really want the facts and not just something to criticize.

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: All Hat And no Cattle

Jim Carney had 4 years, hang up your hat and give it up. Clearly not your game. Did any of you see all the teachers protesting cuts at the school district? All I could think as I passed by was Jim Carney had a hand in killing education too. Do not let him kill the hospital. He is all hat and no cattle.

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: Stop the seduction

Blythe is like everywhere, we people are getting scr@$%d by the same thing - overpaid, incompetent so called "leaders" who are taking us over a cliff. They let the wealthy get away with murder because THEY’RE FRIENDS even though they blame each other for everything - distractions! The problem is that Americans have been & ARE BEING SEDUCED! wake up people. The seduction game is so prevalent that we can't see the forest for the trees. The problems are slapping us in the face & we still vote for "the politically correct candidate". No wonder 80% of americans are being scr@$%d by the 20% in charge. The 20% are cons/scam artists (politicians/unions/drug makers/big oil/wall street) – who keep getting elected & wealthier, taxpayers are left with $16 trillion spent on NOTHING same with state of CA, billions of debt for WHAT?? Same Riverside Co, the CITY of BLYTHE - the few at the top are WAYY overpaid & create more avenues of wealth for their friends. People need to realize that our children, grandchildren, GREAT grandchildren & GREAT, GREAT grandchildren will pay for this - DO U REALLY THINK YOUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE NOW?? This debt will never get paid - soon your kids will realize that they are paying INTEREST ONLY & NEVER PAY OFF THE PRINCIPAL. U can't see the cliff in front of u? ok send your children over it but IT IS NOT RIGHT for them to pay for all this waste (illegals’ free lunch, for Solyndra to receive Millions then go bankrupt, unions out of control)??? Not to mention paying a city mgr thousands of $$ for WHAT? If you can’t vote sensibly (educated on the issues and knowing the unintended consequences), then DON’T VOTE your children will thank you.

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: Gidget Doyle

Bobby Jo-couldn't agree with you more-(deleted) Either the Hospital Board needs to step up and do the right thing for the community or the community needs to make sure that they don't continue to run the hospital into the ground, by voting them out of office.

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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

The problem here is that every time they hire someone new they have to up the salary. Just promote in house with a one dollar salary increase. That way they can hone in on their ego's. Most see Blythe as a stepping stone to bigger and better places. So just keep it in-house.

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: Enquiring Minds

Why is it that we have such a hard time justifying management salaries when thousands of lesser positioned public employees working for the CDC easily make $130-$150K/year? Does it really make sense that a CO can make as much or more than the top school district position? You can almost hear the deafening sound of laughter coming from west of town everytime someone publishes a complaint about what local management positions pay!

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Jo

While I agree in part with your article. I have done a bit more reseach and have a copy of the Hospital CEO's contract. It allows him to work for others, 6 weeks paid vacation, (deleted) Not how most define a successful operation. Please look into this as it affects all of us. And the PVC all I can say, is shame on you to the board members. A disgrace and not much reported on it by the Times.



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