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Desert Sun Newspaper Blows Roof Off Bug Board
FODHS ^ | June 9, 2007 | Keith Matheny

Posted on 06/09/2007 11:20:47 PM PDT by BJungNan

Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control general manager Donald Gomsi receives a $150,000 per year in salary. He also receives a company automobile, 60 vacation days per year and a $100,000 life insurance policy.

Gomsi is entitled to the same retirement plans offered to all full-time district employees. He also gets a 401(a) retirement plan to which the district contributes 4 percent of the required contribution.

Gomsi receives this pay for managing a district with 49 employees and a budget of under $9 million per year.

In comparison, Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Foch "Tut" Pensis makes less - $144,000 per year - to administer a district with 1,500 employees, more than 17,000 students, 21 school buildings and an annual budget of about $145 million.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District spends about $30,000 a year on out-of-town conferences and conventions. That's more than Eisenhower Medical Center spends on conferences for its administrators and staff - $21,941 in 2005, the most recent figure available publicly.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has 153 percent of its revenue - more than $12 million - held in various reserve funds. When the California Legislature looked to update its laws pertaining to vector control districts beginning in late 2001, it formed a 20-member working group to give lawmakers feedback and direction.

Half of the group consisted of current and former vector control district officials or members of agencies that represent the districts. A record of the deliberations indicated "the working group was aware of the criticism that some special districts have received for holding onto what appear to be excessive amounts of revenue in general reserves."

But despite that acknowledgement, the working group "requested eliminating the percentage limits on reserve funds," and no cap was written into the revised law.

The most-tenured member on the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District board of trustees is Ben Laflin. Appointed by the county board of supervisors to represent unincorporated areas of the district, Laflin has served on the board for 56 years, being appointed in January 1951.


TOPICS: Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: corruption; govermentwaste
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If ever there was a time to FReep against government waste and abuse, this is it.

If you live in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) and want to help shut down government waste, this is your chance.

Here is a link to the agenda of this agency for the next meeting. Check out the travel expenses. This goes on every single month.

And here is the date, time and place of the next meeting.

Meeting date is this Tuesday, June 12 Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control Board 43-420 Trader Place Indio, CA (760) 342-8287

1 posted on 06/09/2007 11:20:50 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

You know...if you start messing with the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control Board....you are sure to trigger a massive resignation effort...no one managing the mosquito efforts, and your entire summer is ruined by an overflow of mosquitoes. I wouldn’t be messing with this deal.

I hate to break this to you....but if you are demanding qualified folks...especially with a science background...and we are talking PhD type degree...then the salary is likely correct. I realize that this more than some state governors make (at least Mississippi)....but a science requirement and a educational requirement...are totally separate. If you give the country school super a pay raise...then the teachers will demand one too.


2 posted on 06/09/2007 11:27:41 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

I agree. Better to let sleeping dogs lie. Hasn’t this State suffered enough embarrassment this week? Think about how much worse it could get. What if Paris Hilton gets bit by a West-Nile laden mosquito while in Palm Springs recovering from her prison ordeal? Why, we’d be the laughing stock of the nation!


3 posted on 06/09/2007 11:32:11 PM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: BJungNan

Wasn’t Bugs Bunny always trying to get to the Coachella Valley Carrot Festival? He always missed that turn at Albuquerque...


4 posted on 06/09/2007 11:53:03 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: BJungNan
In comparison, Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Foch "Tut" Pensis makes less - $144,000 per year - to administer a district with 1,500 employees, more than 17,000 students, 21 school buildings and an annual budget of about $145 million.

That really bugs me. But what in the world is someone with the name of Foch Pensis doing with the nickname of "Tut"?
5 posted on 06/09/2007 11:55:07 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Now Coachella is home to a massive concert festival of modern day hippies.


6 posted on 06/09/2007 11:56:58 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Yes he was! hah-hah-hah-hah-hah!
7 posted on 06/10/2007 12:00:53 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Don't you worry, never fear, FDT will soon be here. http://www.imwithfred.com)
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To: Fudd Fan

I guess you would know, Señor Fudd!


8 posted on 06/10/2007 12:07:32 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It’s actually Señora if you want to be technical.


9 posted on 06/10/2007 12:10:17 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Don't you worry, never fear, FDT will soon be here. http://www.imwithfred.com)
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To: Fudd Fan
Si. :-) Lo siento, Señora.
10 posted on 06/10/2007 12:12:46 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: BJungNan
Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control general manager Donald Gomsi receives a $150,000 per year in salary. He also receives a company automobile, 60 vacation days per year and a $100,000 life insurance policy.

Gomsi receives this pay for managing a district with 49 employees and a budget of under $9 million per year.

Sounds about right. Why is there a problem here? If you think you can compare any professional to a teacher, go ahead and compare the engineers and managers at a nuclear power plant. The difference there will knock your socks off.

11 posted on 06/10/2007 12:19:41 AM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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Sounds about right. Why is there a problem here? If you think you can compare any professional to a teacher, go ahead and compare the engineers and managers at a nuclear power plant. The difference there will knock your socks off.

Mr. Gomsi, good to hear from you. What $7,000 trip will you be taking this month?

12 posted on 06/10/2007 12:28:34 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: pepsionice
I hate to break this to you....but if you are demanding qualified folks...especially with a science background...and we are talking PhD type degree...then the salary is likely correct. I realize that this more than some state governors make (at least Mississippi)....but a science requirement and a educational requirement...are totally separate. If you give the country school super a pay raise...then the teachers will demand one too.

It ain't the guys salary that is in question. That is chump change. Everyone knows the salaries of the public sector. That is not at issue.

13 posted on 06/10/2007 12:30:05 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: Redcloak

Amazing, a conservatitive forum defending government waste. Next you will be bashing Pat Buchannan for suggesting the southern border should be secured.


14 posted on 06/10/2007 12:32:27 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

Calm your temper down. Some here, including myself, think Mr. Gomsi is properly compensated for the line of work that he does. $150K is not a lot of money for a scientist. And adding in the fact that he has to manage about 50 people, $150K is on the low end for compensation. Your couterexample of the superintendent of schools is disingenuous. Everyone knows that schools are on the low end of the pay scale. You could have compared this position to any scientific or engineering firm that had the same number of employees, but you did not because you knew the outcome would not be as big of a contrast.


15 posted on 06/10/2007 12:50:02 AM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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To: BJungNan

Who cares about some government employee making a reasonable wage in some podunk town?

By the way, a “@100,000 life insurance policy” costs this town about $5 per month.


16 posted on 06/10/2007 12:54:41 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: BJungNan

School systems are corrupt.


17 posted on 06/10/2007 2:43:39 AM PDT by rpellegrini
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To: burzum

If the SKOOL system could get their work done with just 59 tax sucking workers, I’d give the super 500 grand a year.


18 posted on 06/10/2007 4:15:26 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: aruanan
"But what in the world is someone with the name of Foch Pensis"

And what kind of names would someone with a name like that give his children?

Sawft Pensis
Tawl Pensis
Lympy Pensis
Smawl Pensis
Curly Pensis
Strate Pensis
Grabme Pensis
Harry Pensis
Bawld Pensis

19 posted on 06/10/2007 4:49:40 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: aruanan
Right about the Foch "Tut" Pensis I had to check that this wasn't from the Onion.
20 posted on 06/10/2007 5:49:45 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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