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California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom listens to her husband, California Governor Gavin Newsom, discuss his proposed 2020-2021 state budget during a press conference in Sacramento on January 10, 2020.

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Robin Epley here again with The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board. It’s ultimately my favorite month of the year, largely because it’s my birthday month, and obviously the whole world revolves around me.

Just kidding – I mean, can you even imagine that kind of ego?

Speaking of inflated ego, last week the Sacramento City Council approved a 7% raise for city manager Howard Chan, who already got a huge raise last year, taking his base salary from around $308,000 to over $400,000 now.

Chan’s base salary is now the second highest paid to a city manager in California, according to the state comptroller’s office, while just weeks ago the council approved a much larger contract raise. low for the city’s police and firefighters, at just 3.5%.

“Interestingly, Chan recently endorsed (Angelique) At Ashby’s bid for the State Senate. Although he acknowledges that he tries to stay out of politics due to “the nature of (his) job”, he took to his Facebook page to endorse Ashby in Tuesday’s election, adding that he would not be city manager without his “support and encouragement”. .’”

Perhaps that’s why Ashby asked all the department heads in the boardroom to stand up if they supported a raise for Chan. Of course, they had to get up. Chan would have seen who hadn’t.

It’s unfortunate that a city as big as Sacramento gives so much authority to an unelected bureaucrat – a bureaucrat who just got a huge raise the very night he warned elected officials about the need for austerity in the face of an impending recession.

Our brain on trauma

There is a lot of myths surrounding the behavior of rape victimswrote the Metro columnist Melinda Henneberger this week, but perhaps most damning of all is that victims of sexual assault have no subsequent contact with the abuser.

Dr. Barbara Zivforensic psychiatrist in Pennsylvania since 1997, testified Tuesday at by Harvey Weinstein Rape trial in Los Angeles on some of the most widely accepted misunderstandings about a crime that only leads to a conviction seven times out of 1000. And can we at least agree that it’s not because the other 993 victims lied or were wrong? »

Most rape victims don’t fight back, they freeze up, Ziv told the court. And most don’t report it quickly because of shame and self-blame.

“’This is probably the hardest rape myth for people to understand: that it’s not uncommon for individuals to have subsequent contact with the abuser,’ Ziv said. “Some people have pursued contact because they want to reduce collateral damage,” if, as is often the case, the abuser is someone who has the power to hurt their victim professionally or personally. »

During opening statements, Weinstein’s defense attorney said all of Weinstein’s accusers were lying. But he chose California’s first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for further insults, calling her “just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood” if she hadn’t married California Governor Gavin Newsom.

“As I have already written”, Henneberger wrote, “Weinstein deserves due process like anyone else. But it’s still depressing to see the victims of this one crime being so systematically destroyed. The way victims are treated, inside and out outside the courtroom, hasn’t changed at all as far as I know And someone showing up anyway, at such great personal cost, is the only thing about how rape is continued which continues to amaze me.

Take out the vote

election day fast approaching – are you ready for Tuesday? Perhaps you have already voted by mail or taken advantage of early voting.

The Sacramento Bee editorial board interviewed dozens of candidates before making our recommendations for more than three dozen local, state and federal races. We try to present voters with as much information as possible about their representatives, and that information that comes directly from the candidates themselves.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet:

  • Proposal 1, vote yes

  • Proposition 26, vote Nope

  • Proposition 27, vote Nope

  • Proposition 28, vote yes

See how easy it is? Find all the proposals, candidate recommendations and much more on our elections page. And don’t forget to vote!

Review of the week

“You are not the democracy; it’s us.” – Deputy Opinion Editor Josh Gohlke on American disillusionment with democracy.

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Robin Epley

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Robin Epley is an opinion writer for The Sacramento Bee, with a focus on Sacramento County politics. She was born and raised in Sacramento, was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chico Enterprise-Record team for Campfire Coverage, and graduated from Chico State.