By Joe Eskenazi : SFWeekly – excerpt
This morning, the Chronicle ran a story about a Muni mechanic nearly tripling his salary via a gaudy $164,000 earned in 1,954 overtime hours.
Going through Muni’s books is a bit like wandering through one of its vehicles — you’re going to step in something unpleasant very quickly. But reporting that Muni is blowing out its overtime budget — or even that electrical mechanic Khoa Trinh is earning metric shitloads of overtime pay — is a bit of a gambling-in-the-casino story…
Stories like Trinh’s get the headlines — and rightfully so. But the problem is larger. When you have chintzy, aging, breakdown-prone equipment being repaired by too few mechanics and a clubby atmosphere in which overtime is doled out as a reward and siphoned to a few favorites, a handful will earn second incomes, and many will pocket a pile. And, remember, someone signed off on this, ostensibly. It sure would be interesting to know why… (more)