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Posted by xaviervir on September 17, 2010

[We need to keep an eye on the salaries the city of San Pablo is paying its employees]

Article – West County Times :

Survey: Public pay high in several Calif. cities

By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press Writer
Posted: 09/16/2010 04:24:33 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES—A salary scandal in a small suburb of Los Angeles prompted California Attorney General Jerry Brown to say he would look into the salaries of local government officials paid more than $300,000 a year.He won’t have to look far. 

The League of California Cities released a survey last week showing 16 city managers, from Santa Monica to Sunnyvale, were paid more than $300,000 in 2009. At the top of the list were the managers of Moreno Valley ($459,468) and Beverly Hills ($438,571).

However, Brown spokesman Jim Finefrock said not all 16 salaries were necessarily abusive and explained that investigators were also looking into factors such as what cities of comparable size pay their officials; whether those officials also have lucrative benefits packages; and whether there was any back-room dealing the public wasn’t aware of that led to the setting of high salaries.

“Some of them are perfectly lawful and maybe even justified,” Finefrock said of some of the 16 salaries. “But others, as in the city of Bell, where we’ve seen that these guys were finagling and self-dealing and saying, ‘You pad my paycheck and I’ll pad yours,’ may be excessive.”

Brown’s investigation was prompted by revelations that several officials in the working-class city of Bell were being paid huge salaries.

On Wednesday, he sued eight current and former Bell officials, accusing them of defrauding taxpayers and demanding repayments. He also said he was


looking into government salaries. exceeding the $300,000 annual benchmark.Defendants in Brown’s lawsuit include former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, who was paid $787,637 a year, nearly twice the salary of President Barack Obama, and former Police Chief Randy Adams, who at $457,000 made $150,000 more than Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Soon after the Bell scandal broke, the League of California Cities surveyed all 468 cities and towns in California with city managers, asking for their salaries based on their 2009 tax forms. About 90 percent complied.

Several of the 16 city managers above the $300,000 mark had explanations about why their income was so high.

Covina City Manager Daryl Parrish, who reported income of $328,830 in 2009, said he cashed out accumulated vacation and sick leave when he left a previous employer of 18 years to manage the Southern California city of about 50,000 people. He said his pay would be considerably less this year.

Santa Clara City Manager Jennifer Sparacino, who made $303,513 last year to run a city of about 118,000, said she had taken a 10 percent pay cut this year.

Beverly Hills told the league that City Manager Roderick Wood’s income of $438,571 included more than $140,000 in vacation and sick leave he cashed in when he retired in August 2009. Moreno Valley said Robert G. Gutierrez had income of $459,468 that included a “leave payoff” of $183,366.20 when he retired at the end of last year from the city in Riverside County.

Other cities with highly paid managers included Laguna Hills, $321,550; Danville, $310,029; Fontana, $318,497; Palmdale, $367,518; Rancho Cucamonga, $324,582; Roseville, $353,000; Santa Monica, $317,000; Sunnyvale, $301,470, Temecula, $336,288 and West Hollywood, $309,203.

Of the scores of other California cities that responded to the survey, many fell into the high $100,000 to mid-$200,000 range.

Bell Gardens, a neighboring city of Bell with a similar population paid its city manager $246,681. Another neighboring city, Vernon, with a population of only about 90 people, paid its manager $211,372.

Maywood, where Bell’s assistant city manager, Angela Spaccia, doubled as city manager for a time earlier this year, did not participate in the survey.

Spaccia, who was paid $376,288 for her work in Bell, is one of the former officials Brown is suing.

The attorney general hasn’t filed suit against officials in any other cities but said Wednesday his office was investigating several.

Dave Mora, West Coast regional director of the International City/County Management Association, said many factors should go into determining a city manager’s salary, including the cost of living in the area and the size and complexity of the city government.

“Frankly, what I think we need to learn from Bell is how that determination is made,” Mora said.


One Response to “CITY MANAGER’S PAY”

  1. CAROLINE said This is sad! San Pablo is on the list of mos dangerous gas lines

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