Mohammad Safi is a lucky man. Graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, Safi took in $822,302, or five times more than Governor Jerry Brown, working at a mental hospital, putting him in the same field as the Governor.
As California’s top public employee, Mohammad Safi proved to be a true Stakhanovite logging so many hours that all the clocks melted, Dali style. In 2006, Safi was making a mere $90,682 starting salary, but not long after he was taking home more than $503,000 in on-call pay for every hour he spent hanging around in a motel somewhere near the hospital.
California’s notoriously Islamophobes have suspended Safi, suspecting him of having tampered with time records, but surely such a thing is inconceivable.
Mohammed Safi stands as a role model for California public employees who continue to take home record breaking salaries including nearly a billion in overtime, more than twice as much as New York. That is because California state employees, like Mohammad Safi, are hardworking dedicated types who are always there in a motel when you need them, collecting 130 dollars an hour, as Safi did, all for you.
California also leads in overtime expenses, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Last year, it paid $964 million in overtime to 110,000 workers, an average of $8,741 per employee. That was more than twice the $415 million New York paid in overtime to 80,000 staff members, for an average of $5,199, and almost as much as all the other states in the database combined. In Georgia, total overtime for 8,935 workers last year was $12.3 million, an average $1,378.
California employees generally make at least 1.5 times their regular pay to work overtime.
And if your taxes must be raised so that Mohammad Safi can collect 130 dollars an hour for sitting in a motel, well that’s just patriotic. You wouldn’t want him to have to go back home to Afghanistan, would you?