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Town salaries - personal or public?

Original post made on Jul 25, 2008

What if all it took was a mouse click to see the salary of any employee that works for the town of Danville?

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 25, 2008 at 8:08 am

Dear Danville,

I usually comment on things Alamo, but Mayor Andersen's comments are too compelling to ignore. With regard to the disclosure of Town staff salaries she said, "...making sure the information is available but at the same time not so widespread, all over."

She obviously believes the following:

1. A person can be a little bit pregnant.
2. The Internet does not exist.

It's refreshing to see such an antiquated belief system.

Alamo Ron

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Posted by Bethany
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 9:34 am

For Mayor Andersen and Diablo Vista region neighbors in Danville,

As municipal law counsel, I have represented various governments in the results of publication of employee salaries and benefits on the internet. The internet, which allows car thieves to openly sell auto parts on various lists and auction sites, is not a valid location for the sensitive nature of employee privacy.

Your consideration, Mayor Andersen, as fellow counsel, of the rights of your city employees to have protections of their financial information is not only commendable but, as you realize, in your responsibility and Town of Danville liability.

Diablo Vista regional counsel committee