Give me a break. The Modesto City Council members were not aware of how much time and effort went into being a council member? They knew what it took to do this job. It doesn't matter if they took $1 or $1,000, it is the principle. All the cutbacks and can't-fill police officer positions and they still take a raise, because they deserve it!
As a business owner, there is no way I would cut back on staff and then give myself a raise because "being an owner took more time and effort than I thought it would."
I hope you can sleep at night. Parting three words: integrity, integrity and integrity. Which none of you have.