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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ed Lee Would Take Cut in Pay as Mayor of San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM

click to enlarge Ed Lee ain't in it for the money. Right?
  • Ed Lee ain't in it for the money. Right?

When progressives were all but begging Assemblyman Tom Ammiano to be San Francisco's next mayor, one of the unstated incentives for entering into the thankless job of interim mayor of a broke city would be the massive pay increase for the longtime city politician.

That's not a motivating factor for likely mayor-to-be Ed Lee. He actually stands to take a cut in pay if he moves from city administrator to mayor.

Scanning the city payroll for 2009-10, Mayor Gavin Newsom earned $247,825. Nice work if you can get it. Lee -- who is essentially city manager but with far less power since Willie Brown managed to strengthen the mayoral position in 1996 -- had a base pay of $245,959. But with $4,771 in "other pay" he took home $250,730.

You tend not to earn "other pay" when you're the mayor. But, in any event, whatever motivation Lee has for accepting the task of interim mayor, it almost certainly wasn't monetary. Aaron Peskin may think Lee is a lightweight -- but he wasn't talking about Lee's wallet.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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