Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fullerton's Water Rates and Water District Salaries

Teri Sforza of the Orange County Register compiled salaries and benefit values for those earning more than $100,000 as employees of Fullerton's water supplier, the Orange County Water District.  It is an impressive list of management titles and technical fields.  Some of the job titles below have me scratching my head as to what the employees do and what their day to day activities entail.  There are several listed as "supervisor" or "manager" with the exact same title.  Are these managers or are they more like committee members?  Are certain efforts being duplicated?

Sforza says that OCWD employees do not receive the defined benefit that most other agencies provide which certainly makes these salaries much more palatable.  Instead, employees pay into their own 401k-style plans which means a much less overall tax burden for rate payers like the City of Fullerton's residents.

Nonetheless, with Fullerton's water rates being reviewed and an increase likely, it is important to know the good and bad business practices of our partnering public agencies.
Here are the numbers for OCWD. These numbers include the value of health benefits and retirement account contributions in addition to pay received by workers.

General Manager $ 290,851
Assistant General Manager $ 236,548
Executive Director of Engineering & Planning $ 222,330
Executive Director Local Resources and Administration $ 220,320
Laboratory Director $ 202,033
Chief of Hydrogeology $ 198,177
Director of Water Production $ 193,589
Director of IS/Property Management $ 192,627
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer $ 182,048
Water Quality Director $ 171,696
Director of Planning and Watershed Management’ $ 171,537
Natural Resources Director $ 166,110
Groundwater Replenishment System Process Manager $ 165,026
Executive Director Operations $ 164,899
Director Of Engineering $ 163,453
Director of Human Resources $ 159,960
Principal Hydrogeologist $ 159,889
Process Control & Systems Manager $ 157,656
Director of Recharge Operations $ 157,231
Groundwater Replenishment System Program Manager $ 155,788
Director of Public Affairs $ 154,547
Principal Engineer $ 152,569
Supervising Chemist $ 152,072
Supervising Chemist $ 151,283
Research Director $ 150,019
Senior Engineer $ 149,847
Principal Engineer $ 147,976
Purchasing Manager $ 147,854
Risk and Safety Manager $ 146,692
Principal Engineer $ 145,197
Principal Hydrogeologist $ 144,901
Chief Operator $ 143,170
Accounting Manager $ 142,281
Supervising Chemist $ 140,666
Director of Regulatory Affairs $ 139,631
Senior Programmer Analyst $ 138,821
Principal Hydrogeologist $ 137,777
Operations Shift Supervisor (Grade IV/V) $ 136,932
Finance Manager $ 136,610
Chief Operator $ 135,996
Principal Process Specialist $ 134,158
Senior Programmer Analyst $ 133,268
District Secretary $ 132,467
Senior PCS Programmer $ 130,756
Principal Communications Specialist $ 130,322
Senior Engineer $ 129,013
Operations Shift Supervisor (Grade IV/V) $ 128,076
Senior Plant Operator III $ 127,667
Senior Plant Operator III $ 127,667
Principal Planner $ 127,646
Supervising Chemist $ 126,572
Supervising Chemist $ 126,572
Supervising Environmental Specialist $ 123,087
Senior Scientist $ 122,306
Senior Scientist $ 122,306
Operations Shift Supervisor (Grade IV/V) $ 121,726
Operations Shift Supervisor (Grade IV/V) $ 121,726
Principal Scientist $ 121,656
Principal Scientist $ 121,656
Senior Plant Operator III $ 121,653
Senior Plant Operator III $ 121,653
Maintenance Manager $ 121,520
Maintenance Manager $ 121,520
Supervising Chemist $ 121,131
Supervising Chemist $ 121,131
Field Headquarters Maintenance Supervisor $ 120,857
Field Headquarters Maintenance Supervisor $ 120,857
Basin Cleaning Vehicle Operations Supervisor $ 120,731
Basin Cleaning Vehicle Operations Supervisor $ 120,731
Senior Plant Operator III $ 119,740
Senior Plant Operator III $ 119,740
Senior I & E Technician $ 118,892
Senior I & E Technician $ 118,892
Principal Project Accountant $ 117,864
Principal Project Accountant $ 117,864
Senior Plant Operator III $ 117,572
Senior Plant Operator III $ 117,572
Operations Shift Supervisor $ 117,388
Operations Shift Supervisor $ 117,388
Hydrogeologist $ 116,199
Hydrogeologist $ 116,199
Senior Maintenance Technician Grade III $ 116,021
Senior Maintenance Technician Grade III $ 116,021
Principal Project Accountant $ 115,737
Principal Project Accountant $ 115,737
Senior Programmer Analyst $ 115,679
Senior Programmer Analyst $ 115,679
Senior I & E Technician $ 115,407
Senior I & E Technician $ 115,407
Senior Chemist $ 115,340
Senior Chemist $ 115,340
Recharge System Operator $ 114,934
Recharge System Operator $ 114,934
Senior Maintenance Technician Grade III $ 114,713
Senior Maintenance Technician Grade III $ 114,713
Principal Project Accountant $ 114,346
Principal Project Accountant $ 114,346
Senior Distribution Technician $ 114,223
Senior Distribution Technician $ 114,223
GIS/Database Supervisor $ 113,719
GIS/Database Supervisor $ 113,719
Senior Scientist $ 113,206
Senior Scientist $ 113,206
Senior I & E Technician $ 112,766
Senior I & E Technician $ 112,766
Senior Administrative Coordinator $ 112,646
Senior Administrative Coordinator $ 112,646
Senior I & E Technician $ 112,566
Senior I & E Technician $ 112,566
Property Manager $ 110,873
Network Administrator $ 110,275
Senior Scientist $ 109,268
Senior Scientist $ 109,268
Senior Environmental Specialist $ 109,096
Senior Hydrogeologist $ 108,938
Senior Hydrogeologist $ 108,938
Senior Scientist $ 108,910
Senior Scientist $ 108,910
Assistant District Secretary $ 108,460
Assistant District Secretary $ 108,460
Senior Planner $ 108,421
Senior Planner $ 108,421
Hydrogeologist $ 108,179
Construction Inspector $ 108,174
Senior Chemist $ 107,371
Senior Chemist $ 107,371
Network Administrator $ 107,289
Maintenance Technician Grade II $ 106,187
Buyer $ 105,335
Principal Communications Specialist $ 104,902
Senior PCS Programmer $ 104,888
Senior Environmental Specialist $ 103,638
Legislative Affairs Liaison $ 103,190
Senior Chemist $ 102,715
Senior I & E Technician $ 102,430
Maintenance Technician Grade II $ 102,163
Senior I & E Technician $ 100,204
Field Headquarters Operations Supervisor $ 100,121

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My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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