Gravy train spotting

The 11 board members of the The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District meet only once a month, for which they are paid $100. Which sounds about right.

But they voted themselves $66,000 worth of health care coverage. I predict that figure will balloon.

The reason we are aware of this is the San Joaquin County Taxpayer’s Association. This watchdog group, which resurrected itself a few years ago, got the tip, did the research and raised the question: Is it right for these guys to award themselves this benefit?

We should be glad the Taxpayer’s Association is out there. Had it been out there in the ’90s and ’00s, Stockton city government may not have become a steath gravy train chugging towards a fiscal cliff.

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