Pay hikes indicate ‘no recession at city hall’

Victoria city staff pay raises

Your article could have been labelled “How green is my pork barrel?” There is no recession at city hall. After hiring four flacks at a quarter-million dollars, council gives the chief flack a $27,000 raise. That is a hike of $2,250 a month; $520 a week; $74 a day; $3 an hour. Get real.

Then the council porkers dip into the barrel for expenses: $9,000 for John Luton who, just to rub the taxpayers’ noses in it, flippantly says: “I’m the new guy. I’ve got more to learn.” I don’t think there is enough money to cover what he has to learn.

In 2008, Luton and his chums voted themselves a 50-per-cent pay hike to eliminate the one-third tax-free allowance for expenses. They pocket that $13,000 and still charge for expenses.

For this lot, the pork barrel is bottomless.

Patrick Murphy


Just Posted

Garden suite applications on the rise, but not without a few hitches: staff report

Victoria city council to hear update on revised garden suite application process

Armoury event highlights Canada’s D-Day efforts in Normandy

Event runs Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bay Street Armoury

Canadians smoke less according to community health survey

Obesity and heavy drinking rates remain steady

Canada Day comes early with Oak Bay celebration

Fun continues with first free concert in the park Friday evening

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Most Read