In the only PUSD Board of Education election race forced into a runoff Tuesday, Mosca backed incumbent candidate Tom Silenski failed to receive 50% of the vote and must now go head to head with Sean Baggett. Sean is a teacher, which means he is someone who has actual real time education experience.
Tom Silenski is a current Board Member whose time of service has included perhaps some of the darkest days the Pasadena Unified School District has ever seen, with even more layoffs announced this week. By sending this contest into overtime have the voters stated here that they are not too keen about rewarding systemic failure?
Also worth considering. Current Sierra Madre Mayor Joe Mosca supports encumbering CRA money for redevelopment projects like the Old Church rather than allowing Governor Brown to use those funds to help allay some of the financial hardships being faced by public schools in this state. Something that calls into question the Mayor's real commitment to public education.
Please be sure to get out and vote in this very important runoff election on April 19.
Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency Full Time Salaries
The Daily Breeze is reporting today that the City Of Los Angeles City Council has voted 12 to 2 to encumber $930 million in CRA funds in order to keep them from going to the state when the State Legislature in Sacramento votes to abolish redevelopment agencies.
A spokesman for Jerry Brown responded this way:
"It's a shame that at a time when school districts are laying off teachers or increasing class size that cities like Los Angeles are trying to keep money behind a wall and not allow it to be used for vital programs."
We saw a similar encumbering process here in Sierra Madre Tuesday night. One of the projects identified for this purpose, turning the Old Church into low income housing, being a particularly notorious example.
But in Los Angeles it isn't just redevelopment projects that absorb so much of the tax payer's dollar, it is also the cost of administering the spending of all that money. Out of the $930 million identified by the Los Angeles City Council this week for encumbering, $25 million of that goes for salaries.
Here is how the Top 10 LA-CRA salaries break down:
1) Chief Executive Officer -- $223,256.00
2) Chief Operating Officer -- $198,504.00
3) Regional Administrator II -- $186,355.20
4) Regional Administrator II -- $186,355.20
5) Regional Administrator II -- $176,640.00
6) Chief Financial Officer -- $171,912.00
7) Deputy Chief of Operations for Housing Policy -- $168,492.00
8) Regional Administrator II -- $167,316.00
9) Deputy Chief of Operations - Administrative Svcs -- $163,980.00
10) Director of Human Resources -- $160,296.00
The list of jobs detailed on this Jan 1, 2011 report I am citing goes on for a full 5 pages. This particular CRA is obviously an immense operation and is as heavily staffed as any corporate home office might be.
Here are some of the other salaries which, by private sector standards, are quite generous.
Administrative Assistant (16 positions) -- $76,548.00
Graphic Designer -- $76,164.00
Administrative Secretary -- $73,111.56
Storekeeper -- $67,632.00
Assistant Maintenance Mechanic -- $64,044.00
Receptionist -- $56,928.00
The City of Los Angeles, by the way, is currently facing the consequences of $1 billion dollars in debt over the next two years. Something it is having a very difficult time dealing with. Is there any wonder why?
The entire LA-CRA salary report can be accessed by clicking here.