Re "Don't link CHP salaries to pay of big city cops" (Editorials, July 24): Like it or not, take-home pay is an important recruitment and retention tool for employers big and small, including the state of California. While the concept of mandatory salary increases may be hard to swallow, tying increases to salary surveys is the accepted way of ensuring that employers are competitive. It's a standard human resource practice.
When "the best and the brightest" are considering where to work, they have student loans, house payments, day care expenses, etc. Yes, pensions are important, as are health benefits. But at the end of the day bills have to be paid and the paycheck matters.
I ask you, what other method would you suggest ensuring the state attracts and retains talent? Toothless surveys? No surveys at all? Blind hope? The alternatives are worse and not in the best interest of Californians.
-- Bryan Baldwin, Sacramento