Sunday, June 8, 2014

Where Do Sierra Madre City Employees Rank Statewide?

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It is an article of faith in Sierra Madre that our city employees receive amongst the lowest total compensation in the state. We certainly hear that often when budgetary considerations are being discussed during City Council meetings. That and we often lose highly qualified city employees to other agencies because the pay and benefits elsewhere are superior. But is this always the case?

I went to the Transparent California website and did some comparisons. The category I used to compare compensation and establish the rank of our employee pay packages statewide was "Total Pay & Benefits." The year is the most recently listed, 2012. Here is a sampling:

                 Director Development Services (Sierra Madre) State Rank #19

Deputy Public Works Director (Sierra Madre) State Rank #37

Library Services Director (Sierra Madre) State Rank #22

Deputy Director of Library Services (Sierra Madre) State Rank #25

Administrative Services Director (Sierra Madre) State Rank #41

Water Superintendent (Sierra Madre) State Rank #37

Administrative Assistant - City Mngr (Sierra Madre) State Rank #2

Water Foreman (Sierra Madre) State Rank #2

Water Pump Operator (Sierra Madre) State Rank #4

Water Pump Operator (Sierra Madre) State Rank #5

As always, you can check this all out at the Transparent California website by clicking here and then clicking on the job title for each employee.

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52 comments:

  1. is the administrative assistant related to the city manager?

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    1. Only through the rainbow club

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    2. Sierra Madre does not need a Director of Developmental Services

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    3. A Top 20 Director of Development Services.

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  2. $93,000 + For the librarian? The National average was $55,370 in May 2012. What's really going on here?
    $88,000+ For Admin Assistant? The Average Administrative Assistant Salary in California: $32000 Holy crap!
    Nearly $350,000 in payroll etc. for just 4 employees in the little water department that could(n't)...WOW!
    Sierra Madre we have a problem....

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    1. Did we raise the water rates enough?

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    2. where does our library rank in size compared to other libraries across the state?

      somehow I doubt it's 25th or even in the top 200 libraries in size

      way overpaid and our library should be annexed into the Pasadena system

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  3. No, she is not.

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  4. Some good news. SMPD arrested two men early Saturday morning as they were attempting to install credit card readers at the local Valero station. Full article in PSN.

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    1. Third times the charm. And one of the nitwits arrested had been arrested for the same thing before. Both of those arrested are from Glendale.

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    2. Any theories on why our two gas stations are targeted as often as they are?

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  5. Elaine's assistant gets over $88,000 a year in total compensation? Is it battle pay?

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    1. Her asst makes more than the water foreman.

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  6. Time to end the UUT.

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    1. Bess of HardwickJune 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      6:26 - Have you no sense in your head? Or is it really attention you crave.

      The UUT in its current form will sunset to a reasonable level. You will be wasting political capital and scarce resources on a fools errand. I, for one, will personally work against you.

      Our group of citizens worked hard and donated funds to defeat the Yes on UUT tax increase this year. Most of us will not support you because we do not want to compromise our way of life here in Sierra Madre.

      You are being manipulated by a political organization out for their own gain. They have failed in three other cities. Don't be a pawn.

      Tell us your name and give us your contact information instead of hiding in a dark room behind your computer. screen

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    2. The biggest threat to our way of life is the people who get our tax money.

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    3. A bigger threat are the idiots that want to go buy a BigMac, with an AR15 strapped to their back.

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    4. Amos has an AR15?

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    5. "Bess" is requestig others to break their anonymity, while s/he maintains the clever nom de blog.

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    6. 12:07 - Then work to defeat political candidates who promote excessive taxes. That means you will have to do more than sit home and complain. The voters in Sierra Madre are not stupid enough to completely wipe out the UUT tax.

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    7. She also makes threats.

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    8. 1:06 - then how do explain Nancy and Josh? That was no act of briliance.

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    9. 1:21 - The act of brilliance was making sure that Josh and Nancy didn't run.

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    10. It took a village.

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    11. 1:21, remember, Nancy Walsh, Josh Moran and Joe Mosca were the charter members of the so-called civility party. That's how.

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    12. 12:20, I disagree. The bigger threat are the "gun-free" zones where some nut gets to kill a lot of people until good people with guns show up to stop him/her.

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  7. 2:40 a.m this morning a phone call alerts SMPD
    Suspects Attempted to Install Skimmer at Sierra Madre Gas Station again.
    Suspects:
    Aram Manasaryan, 22, and Edvard Martirosyan, 27
    Arrested on scene.
    http://ktla.com/2014/06/07/suspects-attempted-to-install-credit-card-skimmer-at-sierra-madre-gas-station-police/

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  8. I have not noticed any employees leaving for other cities lately. I guess we now know the reasons why.

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    1. they use our city and it's resources for a personal agenda to pad their own resume

      we have had a series of city managers who despite overwhelming and a majority resident vote, they still push a developer agenda so they get experience in that area for their next gig

      it's been a pattern for 15 years and that coincides it the Bart Doyle - John Buchanan - Rob Stockely era and continues today

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  9. A lot of what we hear from the city turns out to not be true.

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    1. and those falsehoods are reported verbatium by the Mtn View News

      back when Buchanan and Mosca were on the Council, even the City Attorney said they were dabbling in the gray areas of the law and disclosure but that didn't stop them

      we keep electing frauds we get fraud in return

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  10. Off topic, but I noticed that this week's Mountain Views News has no election results coverage. Is it because Susan's candidate for Sheriff was beaten as badly as he was?

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    1. Susan only covers what makes her look or sound important

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    2. Henderson only prints what city hall tells her to print. The first rule of being a con - keep the check writers happy.

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    3. Tanaka didn't win for Sheriff? I'm shocked.

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    4. He carried Gardena. That's about it.

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  12. She never published final uut vote results either - though she has already pronounced the not yet joined fight to preserve Mater Dolorosa over.

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  13. Another lie from city hall put to rest.
    I guess it's just too ingrained in them to play the victim, no matter what the facts are.

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  14. ? over 200K in salary and perks for "two" librarians?

    excuse me while I ignore any more BS sales materail from the "Friends of the Library"



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    1. The library is both a white elephant and a sacred cow. Kept afloat through guilt trips laid on us by hand wringing bores like Gene Goss.

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    2. Excuse me as I talk about the library. It is not a white elephant nor does Gene Goss have anything to do with the library since he was only on the Trustee for a couple of years. The library is a vital part of our community and our library director has brought in more grants then has been seen for several years. She has many ties to those who can benefit our community and can help bring credentials to the community. Those of you who do not see the benefits of a community are way off base. I suggest you do your homework.

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  15. for a little quaint city of 10,000 and 3 miles, we have a public works department that in sample comparison to Los Angeles city is bloated in the budget

    why can't the Council ask for as justification and audit of the department salaries?

    also we aren't seeing just how we are being skewed by the pensions we are paying

    amazing to hear the city claim it's short of money and needs more $ - it's a rip off plain and simple

    and we let it happen

    Councilmember Goss ran on the campaign he'd fix our finances - this is a good place to start

    amazing the library compenstation - that's obscene for our little podunk library



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  16. while suing the city for wages and contracts, the SMPD compared itself in pay and duties and inherent danger to cities in the SGV and that was the "victim" ploy by it's union agency

    we can do better than what we are paying for - our ROI as taxpayers is poor

    our city government is almost a ponzi scheme

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    1. Almost? It's a full on ponzi scheme. Please wake up folks. 90% of the gouging we're receiving is to provide these public employees with better lifestyles during their careers and during their retirement. It's got to stop.

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  17. While it is nice that the MVN warns us of rattlesnake bites this week the assertion that the rattlesnake is a "new animal to the neighborhood" is ill informed. In the last 60+ years hardly a summer goes my without me avoiding one in my yard. So yea lookout!

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    1. she may be referring to a couple of Councilmembers....

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    2. The big point being missed here is the fact that the super duper medical plan the city gives the employees is TAX FREE.

      Yup, that's right, the employees don't have to pay a penny in additional income tax for those plans.

      Would you rather have $10,000 of additional fully taxable wages or $10,000 of nice non-taxable medical benefits?

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  18. Let's have an office pool on who Bess is. My bet is Susan Henderson.

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    1. No, far more clever than old Henderson.
      Think realtor.

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    2. Relatively speaking, of course.

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