San Jose council members cant afford to live in the city they lord over!

This is horrible.  Just horrible.  The members of the San Jose city council get paid $125,000 a year, and many have second jobs, because they can not afford to live in the town they set the rules, taxes and regulations that cause the people they rule to leave town.

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“Jimenez and most of his council colleagues got a raise on July 1, increasing their pay from $97,000 to $125,000 a year. Mayor Sam Liccardo received a much lower raise after he decided to waive his $58,000 pay bump in May. Instead, he opted for a 3 percent increase, which he said aligns with raises most city employees received last year. Similarly, Councilmember Johnny Khamis also declined a larger raise and took a 3 percent increase instead.

Even with the raise, Jimenez, who is a father of three children, said he’ll pursue his real estate career to help him and his wife survive in Silicon Valley. He ensures his constituents, though, that the City Council will continue to be his number one priority as he will reserve time for his realtor job during evenings and weekends.

“I can walk and chew gum at the same time,” he jokes.”

They should not complain—now they know what real people must do to survive in San Jose.  Maybe a third job will get them to realize how many families their policies have harmed.

Months before a city commission voted to raise San Jose lawmakers’ salaries by tens of thousands of dollars, Councilmember Sergio Jimenez struggled to make ends meet in Silicon Valley despite serving on the council of America’s 10th largest city.

He started looking for a second gig to help supplement his family’s income. Now, Jimenez works as a licensed realtor with Century 21 – bringing his calling to public servitude to another field.

“Being two of seven children in my family who actually own a home, I know how important it is to build something for your future and how important home ownership is,” Jimenez told San José Spotlight. “The reason I sought out real estate is because we’re in a career where we’re public servants. I thought that helping people buy and sell residential real estate is in line of helping folks.”

Jimenez and most of his council colleagues got a raise on July 1, increasing their pay from $97,000 to $125,000 a year. Mayor Sam Liccardo received a much lower raise after he decided to waive his $58,000 pay bump in May. Instead, he opted for a 3 percent increase, which he said aligns with raises most city employees received last year. Similarly, Councilmember Johnny Khamis also declined a larger raise and took a 3 percent increase instead.

Even with the raise, Jimenez, who is a father of three children, said he’ll pursue his real estate career to help him and his wife survive in Silicon Valley. He ensures his constituents, though, that the City Council will continue to be his number one priority as he will reserve time for his realtor job during evenings and weekends.

Read the rest at: San Jose Refugees

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