County Supervisors: Gas prices? Let them eat cake.

Photo By: LEONARD ORTIZ, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Norberto Santana over at the Orange County Register reported yesterday about the proposed increase in car allowance and free gas that County elected officials and senior executive managers receive as part of ther benefit package.

In an environment where the county is redcing needed staff, closing needed facilities, and avoiding the purchase of needed equipment, they spend just shy of $1 million on perks for electeds and executive managers.

“Working families are constantly bludgeoned by political opportunism regarding their salaries and benefits while county leaders decide whether to spend their car allowance on a Corvette or BMW,” said Nick Berardino, general manager of the county’s largest and most politically active union, the Orange County Employees Association.

“And while the lower paid employees are struggling with the decision to either put food on their table or gas in their tanks, the county’s executive leaders are sending the message: Let them eat cake.”

Want as much free gas as you can pump?

All you have to do is get elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors or squeeze your way into the top manager ranks.

If they don’t want the car and the free gas, they get a $765 monthly car allowance, which in turn helps spike their pension payouts by beefing up their monthly paychecks.

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