Town Square

Post a New Topic

Horsley reverses, will forgo supes salary

Original post made on Jan 16, 2013

Supervisor Don Horsley has announced that he has changed his mind and would resume his two-year practice of not taking a salary for the remaining two years of his four-year term on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Comments (5)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Thomas
a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Mr. Horsley owes the voters and taxpayers of San Mateo County $18,616.32, do the right thing, write the check, pay your debt.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Is it possible that Mr. Horsley does not owe this money? It's his salary and he did nothing illegal to start collecting it. He crossed a line ethically, perhaps, by going back on a promise, but think about that promise.

Yes, he had his eye on the election and the promise may have been significant in getting him elected, but it may not have. He was the establishment candidate, the candidate with the money and the connections, the odds-on favorite.

And for two years, he's been working for essentially nothing. Yes, he has a big pension. If he is cut, does he not bleed? Think about working for nothing, about working week after week, long days, getting in and out of the car, and having a $120,000 that you're not collecting. I can see room for regret, and cause for ill-considered moves after two years of that.

He has recommitted, and I think demanding that he repay that $18,600 is just piling on. He made a mistake. Let's move on. Jesus. He's a human being. Give him a break.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jan 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Thomas obviously has some sort of agenda.

What Joe said was true - what Mr. Horsley did was unethical, not illegal. Repayment is not required.

But the point that Joe made about Mr. Horsley "working for essentially nothing," falls on my deaf ears. That was Mr. Horsley's campaign promise, not mine. That was his offer, we accepted.

Again, this issue is all about integrity and honoring a promise, not the worth of a Supervisor's job.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Michael G.Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I am confident Don Horsley will do the right thing. He leads by example, give him some time to make the right choice.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Yep, time to move on. I sure don't expect him to repay the $$. Our country isn't broke. What he broke was his own word & he recommitted.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Local picks on 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand list
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 2,849 views

WUE makes out-of-state tuition more affordable
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 2 comments | 2,751 views

Ode to Brussels Sprout
By Laura Stec | 14 comments | 2,334 views

Charter School Proposal Steeped In Unintended Consequences
By Erin Glanville | 38 comments | 1,600 views

Measure M-- I am not drinking Greenheartís expensive potion
By Martin Lamarque | 7 comments | 310 views