March 11, 2013

Planning To Spend Their Surplus To Help Clear SF's Building Backlog

With a backlog 356 planning cases and 106 requested building permits awaiting review, San Francisco’s Planning Department is proposing to add ten (10) new employees to help clear the backlog over the next 2.25 years.

The positions with salaries ranging from $60,667 for a Clerk to $118,806 for a Planner would be funded by way of the Planning Department’s projected $4,300,000 surplus in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 due to increased building permit, alteration, and environmental planning fees.

San Francisco’s Budget and Legislative Analyst recommends that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approve eight (8) of the requested positions tomorrow at a cost of $2,774,224 over the next 2.25 years.

Amendment to the Annual Salary Ordinance for Planning Department [sfbos.org]

First Published: March 11, 2013 8:45 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

And then once the back log is worked off they will get rid of the extra employees?

Posted by: And Then at March 11, 2013 8:57 AM

Yea, with pensions for life.

Posted by: Sam at March 11, 2013 9:29 AM

this is good!

Posted by: BigV at March 11, 2013 10:46 AM

@Sam: i don't think they would vest until at least 5 years, so an employee of 2.25 years would not get pension for life

Posted by: AC at March 11, 2013 10:53 AM

Oops - actually i think SF's is 10 years... so even less so.

Posted by: AC at March 11, 2013 10:59 AM

Ha, fair enough, definitely a factual take on my response

Posted by: Sam at March 11, 2013 11:13 AM

Great news. Will it be possible to request new hires? How refreshing to get someone with zeal to work on one's project, as opposed to automatons operating under cronyism.

Posted by: Anonchiban at March 11, 2013 11:14 AM

They must be hiring Planner V's for 118K. Planners start at 56k-69k. (see link in name).

They are probably going to promote from within and there will be no NET increases in planners.

Do note that the take home salary is 7.5% lower that the numbers state since city workers have to partially fund their pension system. It's not all gravy train.

Posted by: james at March 11, 2013 11:49 AM

Current City hiring rules stipulate that for every new hire with zeal, there must be a minimum of 1.25 new hires without same.

Posted by: redseca2 at March 11, 2013 11:52 AM

If I put "Sim City Ninja" on my resume, would that help or hurt my prospects?

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at March 11, 2013 12:02 PM

Some of the planners are overpaid for their incompetence.

Posted by: futurist at March 11, 2013 12:39 PM

Leave it to SF to spend whatever little money they have burning a hole in their pockets.

Posted by: OohAhh at March 11, 2013 12:57 PM

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