After asking the city’s workforce to accept 10 percent cuts in compensation to help avoid a fiscal disaster, councilmembers Kansen Chu, Xavier Campos and Nancy Pyle voted Tuesday against docking their own pay. Only a money masochist would enjoy taking home less cash at the end of the day, but the trio represent three-quarters of the council’s four biggest union backers—Ash Kalra said he wanted to empathize with the plight of his less-privileged brethren. The rhetoric reached lofty new heights by the time dais discussion reached Chu, who worried that future councilmembers could be forced to moonlight in other jobs when they should be resting at home to “replenish themselves” with the fruits of their labor. Campos went a step further by wondering how a single-income family of four could survive on a councilmember’s $81,000 annual salary—he didn’t bother to mention that he’s single and has no kids. Pyle went a different route by asking the city staff questions about how social security would be affected and everyone in the City Hall chambers went to sleep. One thing everyone on the council wanted to make clear is that continued pay cuts jeopardizes the city’s ability to attract talented individuals to run for political office—and then every one of them added that they didn’t get into politics for the money. Councilmember Donald Rocha, playing the role of awkward freshman to a “T,” summed up the exercise by noting that he thought it was weird that the council votes on reducing its own salary. Mayor Chuck Reed responded by saying welcome to the club, newbie.