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California workers want legislative staff raises to be rescinded

August 3, 2012 | 10:20 am

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California workers recently hit with a 5% pay cut think legislative aides should not have received raises of up to 10% in recent months, according to an online poll by one labor group.

More than 60% of 743 respondents say the legislative staff raises should be "taken away," according to the poll on the website of the Assn. of California State Supervisors.

About 23% say a similar incentive should be provided to supervisors and managers, and 15% agreed that a 3% pay increase scheduled for managers in July 2013 should be provided immediately.

Speaking of unscientific polls, the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team held a Wobblection on Thursday night in which fans entering the ballpark could choose between 1,250 wobblehead dolls depicting President Obama and a like number depicting presumed Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The idea is that a candidate wins the election when the ballpark runs out of his dolls first. Obama narrowly edged out Romney to win the Wobblection.

However, history shows candidates should not be too worried if they come up short. In 2010, California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman narrowly defeated Jerry Brown in that year's bobblehead election at Raley Field, but she later lost to the Democrat in the real election.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has faced some fallout from the decision of legislators to give raises to staff members while most state employees are getting pay cuts. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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