The Bay Citizen published a nifty online database over the weekend that shows the pay and partial mailing addresses of San Francisco city employees. The accompanying article parsed the data, and debunked the idea that city employees — who are relatively highly paid — flee San Francisco because they can't afford to live here. (Those with higher salaries tend to live in surrounding counties, it turns out.)
We took a spin through the database and found something else of interest: There are a significant number of city employees who don't live in the Bay Area at all. Dozens live as far south as Fresno, Los Angeles, and even San Diego — not to mention in closer, but still distant, Central California locales such as Monterey and Santa Cruz. This is tough to explain, as is the fact that many of these far-flung municipal workers are earning hefty overtime.