Friday, September 2, 2011

Who gets paid what in Puerto Peñasco?

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

Not too long ago I wrote a piece suggesting that we need to pay our local police officers more money, turn them into an elite force and then promote PP as the safest place in all of Mexico to vacation, invest, retire and/or own a business, etc.

According to ‘El Diario de Sonora’ it seems our municipal police officers are paid about 5,700 pesos a month ($462.00 as of this writing) all the while (e.g.) Salido Ruben Martinez, director of the Civil Protection Unit, and Fausto Soto Lizarraga, director of International Relations, are paid a monthly salary of about 27,100 pesos ($2,196.00), and the coordinator of Cadastre, Arturo Herrera Bravo, earns 29,100 pesos ($2,358.00) each month.

The article in ‘El Diario de Sonora’ goes on to suggest that apparently the ‘rulers’ of Peñasco receive the highest salaries statewide for similar positions elsewhere, even above the mayor of the capital of Sonora and where council members there earn 26,181 pesos (about $2,124.00) and our mayor here in Peñasco is paid something like 39,500 pesos (about $3,205.00) each month…

Now don’t get me wrong as I’m all for everyone earning as much as possible and of course those salaries quoted likely do not include other ‘perks’ etc. But when it is (e.g.) midnight and mi esposa and I are in some sort of danger and need to call for some help it is the ‘COPS’ that will come to our aid and not the community ‘rulers’.

I also know that if there was a (e.g.) bank robbery with hostages or a situation dealing with a drunk driver speeding wildly through the streets, or armed and deadly drug dealers (aka: the cartel) preying on the kids, etc., it is those who wear the uniform who will put their lives on the line. And as a community we should ‘want’ to pay our Policia, along with other first responders, much better than we do because it is ‘they’ who are at our beck and call 24/7/365.

A Gypsy can always dream!

¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain