Tuesday, November 09, 2010

South Florida media follows up on a Random Pixels post

UPDATED 3x below

Some South Florida media outlets are following up on my post yesterday that revealed more than 3,300 Miami-Dade County employees make more than $100,000 a year.

The Miami Herald's Diana Moskovitz posted a story late last night on MiamiHerald.com and graciously credited Random Pixels and linked to my post. Today, Moskovitz's story was featured prominently on the Herald's homepage and has generated 150 comments so far.

The Herald's story has driven traffic to my blog that as of noon is more than 10 times the normal daily traffic.

WSVN News was first out of the box last night following up on my post on their 10pm newscast and calling me a "local blogger."

One of WSVN's reporters emailed me today requesting an on-camera interview. Sadly, I had to tell her that Random Pixels doesn't do TV. I have a face for radio and that's the way it's going to stay!

UPDATE #1: So far Channel 7 is the only South Florida station to have followed up on this. Today at noon they aired another report and compared the salary of the Miami-Dade Animal Services director Sara Pizano to that of Florida's governor. Pizano makes $144,542 a year and Charlie Crist's salary is $130,273 a year. What's wrong with this picture?

UPDATE #2: CBS4 does a story and links to my blog.

UPDATE #3: The Miami Herald's version of the story has generated more than 150 comments. But this comment stands out and speaks for itself:
If the firefighters, police officers and others making over $100,000 per year lived, paid property taxes, supported schools and became involved in community activities in Miami-Dade County, the salaries might be one of the best investments the County could make. Unfortunately, many of these employees can't wait to get off their shifts and head north to Davie, Weston or Pembroke Pines as fast as possible to enjoy the comfort of a well run county where their spouses and kids are safer and the schools are better. Maybe they should be required to live in Miami-Dade.

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