BART GM Dorothy Dugger's $1M Payout: What Could That Buy?
|BART's lost $958,000 isn't in the lost and found|
Earlier this year, BART's board voted, behind closed doors, to dump high-priced general manager Dorothy Dugger. It turned out that setup violated open meeting laws, and the decision was rescinded. But you don't need to be a $354,000 transit executive -- which Dugger was -- to take a hint.
She left yesterday, the beneficiary of a $958,000 severance payout. Of that, $350,000 is a payoff to stave off litigation.
As is always the case when dealing with public budgets, one is forced to ask, "Is that a lot of money?" Yes. Yes, it is. To put it in perspective:
|You'd be smiling too...|
- At $198.53 a pop, the agency could have restuffed and reupholstered 4,825 chairs;
- BART could have hired actual contractors to do contracting work and redone all the lighting at several stations;
- Paid for four weekends of 24-hour BART service;
- Pandered to 100 million BART riders by giving them all a fraction of a cent off their next ride;
- Painted beards on all the trains and hired Brian Wilson as a celebrity spokesman;
- Given Dugger an in-kind payoff of 147,384 round-trip rides between 12th Street Oakland and 16th and Mission.
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