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Friday, May 22, 2009

Sweet Job of the Week: LAFCo Seeks Diligent Hall Monitor at $100,000 Salary

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 3:34 PM

click to enlarge Like Michael Myers, LAFCo can't be stopped
  • Like Michael Myers, LAFCo can't be stopped
As we've noted in these pages before, San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) -- a panel of leftist supervisors and their hand-picked enviro allies that influences city energy policy -- is the sort of organization whose existence is only made possible by the topsy-turvy logic of government bureacracy.

LAFCo doesn't exist to do what its name implies -- form agencies -- but to grind the axe for the far left on environmental issues. The obscure laws governing its existence prevent it from suffering budget cuts even as social-work offices and psych wards close down under fiscal duress. This is all the more incomprehensible since everything LAFCo claims to do is already done by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which has its own office to deal with local energy issues.

Now, as janitors, firefighters, and cops jockey to avoid layoffs amid the worst budget crisis in San Francisco history, LAFCo is again behaving as if it inhabits a parallel universe. The agency has posted an ad online for a new position with a salary of at least $83,000 and up to $101,000, including 13 sick days, 10 days of vacation, and 11 holidays. The job description for this "Senior Community Development Specialist"? According to the advertisement on LAFCo's Web site, he or she will be "charged with monitoring the implentation of Clean Power SF."

CleanPowerSF, as we reported in a cover story earlier this year, is a

program that will enable the city to force higher-priced, renewable

energy upon residents who may or may not want it. The PUC is supposed

to be in charge of the program. But since the supervisors who run

LAFCo are suspicious of the PUC's enthusiasm for CleanPowerSF,

they've decided to hire their own staff employee to look over the

shoulder of the agency, which has already hired its own director for the program. In the sickly jargon of government, our lucky applicant won't even be "implementing," but "monitoring the implementation." 

Lest you frown at this instance of seemingly duplicative labor, try to remember that close to 300 city employees are losing

their jobs today in layoffs caused by the budget crisis. No matter how

serious San Francisco's problems get, it's nice to know that the illogical

logic of LAFCo remains consistent.

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