I've been hoping the Sunday Mercury News-Times-whatever front page article from Sunday would appear on its website, but the website is such a disaster I still cannot find it. So here are a couple of tidbits from Thomas Peele's piece; retyped by yours truly
San Mateo Harbor Commissioner Pietro Parravano got $25,757 in cash and benefits last year for attending 21 meetings that lasted an average of 77 minutes each, the (Mercury News') analysis shows. That's $1,094 an hour. Parravano, 64, a commercial fisherman from Half Moon Bay who also serves on several national fisheries commissions, said he's never questioned receiving full benefits for the part-time office he's held for nearly two decades. The harbor commission oversees two marinas and a park and employed 27 workers in 2012.
The article really laid into the another aspect
Being a San Mateo County harbor commissioner can pay even beyond the grave. When Commissioner Sally Campbell died in April 2012 during her 20th year in office, her cash pay stopped but the district continued to fund her medical insurance at a cost of more than $18,000. That's because Campbell included her a grandson, whom she'd adopted as to make a legal dependent, on her policy.
Finishing on a high note, the article concludes by saying
In San Mateo County, Parravano said there is talk about rolling the harbor commission's functions into county government and doing away with the elected commission.
Shouldn't that be about a 3 second conversation??