Thursday, June 4, 2015

American Thinker - Stunning Data On Average Compensation for Municipal Employees in California

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Mod: As you are probably aware, Saturday is the Budget Town Hall Meeting, and you are being asked by City Hall to identify what needs to be given up and tossed out. With the hoped for answer being that utility tax cut you voted yourself a couple of times. What has not been talked about quite as much is the amount of taxpayer money being spent by the city on salaries, health care packages and pensions. That being, of course, the real source of the city's problems. It is not the 4th of July Parade, the Library, the Huck Finn Fishing Derby or anything else being thrown out there as reluctant human sacrifices by some very cynical people. Below is an article the website  American Thinker ran recently, and it identifies the obvious - though locally understated - problem. Then after that we bring it all home for you.

Stunning data on average compensation for municipal employees in California (link): Forget the old-fashioned term “civil servants”; America’s new ruling class is government employees.  Would you like your kids to go to work for an outfit where employees average between two hundred grand and a quarter mill?  Forget about investment banks or law firms; tell them to go to work for a fire protection district in California.

Transparent California, a project of two free-market think tanks, the California Policy Center and the Nevada Policy Research Institute, has released a database of municipal (cities, towns, and special-purpose districts such as water and fire protection districts) employee salaries that is stunning.  The North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area had the highest averages, but other areas of that metropolis and the state as a whole also featured extraordinary averages, not to say individual cases.

Some highlights:

The average full-time compensation for employees of 55 North Bay cities was $130,172 in 2013, with thousands earning more than $200,000 a year and hundreds more earning more than $50,000 in overtime alone.  Such compensation is significantly higher than that of peers in the private sector.

Two thousand and six North Bay municipal employees earned at least $200,000.

Walter Shuld, San Pablo Police Chief, earned $440,983.
Malcolm E. Miller, Oakland Police Officer, earned $436,256.
George R. Silva, Hayward Battalion Chief, earned $428,457.
488 North Bay municipal employees earned at least $50,000 in overtime alone.
Angel Bobo, Richmond Fire Captain,, made $279,105 in overtime and $508,893 in total compensation.
Marc Palechek, Richmond Fire Captain, made $241,578 in overtime and $450,942 in total compensation.

Stanley Eng, Vallejo Police Corporal, made $221,073 in overtime and $425,660 in total compensation.
Note that most of these cities are not affluent, and some, like San Pablo and Richmond, are considered poor and troubled. Vallejo, which pays a fire captain 450K, went through bankruptcy and laid off a substantial portion of its police force.

Statewide:

Average full-time municipal employee compensation statewide was $120,569.

Eleven thousand two hundred and three municipal employees took home over $200,000, with 3,661 making over $50,000 in overtime.

Average full-time municipal employee compensation for other regions in California were:

South Bay: $141,739
Greater Sacramento: $109,785
Central Valley: $99,678
Greater Los Angeles: $119,462
Greater San Diego: $114,329
Northern California: $108,269
Central Coast: $111,784

Average full-time special district employee compensation was $106,592.

Wow! I went into the wrong line of work.  These people get a lot of holidays and vacation days, too.

Mod: A website called The Department of Numbers supplies the figures I cut and pasted below. As you can see, the average salary in the State of California in the year 2013 was $60,190 - link.


Mod: As you will see by looking at the Transparent California website, the total pay and benefits for the Top 25 most compensated employees in the City of Sierra Madre for the year 2013 more than doubles the state average median income (link). These figures are also considerably higher than that $119,462.00 Los Angeles area figure cited above.


Mod: Just in case you're wondering where the money really goes. Yes, I am aware of how some city employees like to poor mouth what they are paid here despite the fact that those numbers are a lot higher than what the average person is making these days. Oh, and please, this doesn't really have anything to do with the 4th of July Parade. You do know that, right?

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50 comments:

  1. Yes, it's really true, I don't want all the government I have to pay for.

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    1. ? what's with the overtime with the SMPD.

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  2. So I don't get it. If we go on Saturday we will actually have a choice about these things? That would be new, right?

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    1. Yes, so go. At least it's a chance to say you want the money to stay with Community Services but be taken from the police. Or that you want fewer staff at city hall.
      Make some noise. It might help.

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    2. 40% of all General Fund money goes to the police. Yet nothing in the city's handouts asks residents to consider cutting back on that. Instead they talk about the Huck Finn Fishing Derby. Weird, right?

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  3. Wanted to say something here that may help our problem, but I can't, I'm just totally speechless.

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  4. Agreed, 6:54. How can this continue?

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    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    2. It isn't so much the extra utility tax money as the feeling that I'm being taken for an idiot.

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    3. Welcome to the club. Suckers, we are.

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    4. Why are the needs of the PD being put ahead of all the other city departments?

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    5. Just because.

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  5. I would like to make copies of the pay above and pass them out at the meeting.

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    1. Do it, 7:34, especially to the people who have been attending City Council and other meetings, who say we MUST have another UUT increase.

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  6. Can anyone explain what it is they do that makes them worth so much money?

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  7. How can this not bankrupt Sierra Madre? How have we been getting buy with these expenses for so long?

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    1. The Shenanigan Party and Civility Party gave away the farm.

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    2. Why did they do that?

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    3. Raising tax revenues (mostly the UUT and property taxes) to pay for the increase benefits, Platinum Pensions & Golden Health Plans has worked so far. When the UUT sunsets to 8% on 7/1/15 and 6% 7/1/16, it will be revealed: The Emperor Has No Clothes.

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    4. The bodies do keep floating to the surface, right 7:57?

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  8. These expenses are not that old, you can thank the past council run by the Bart Doyle crowd. They are the ones responsible for many poor decisions made over the last 15 years. Residents need to get involved and educated on where the money is really going.

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  9. the shenanigan party and civility party are from the bart doyle supporters, remember thats where the naked mayor running happened not all that long ago.

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  10. Unfortunately, we have a contract with CALPERS that is good for another 5 years, I think. So little can be done about salaries. Except going bankrupt. The police department is up for contract review now, I think. A new tax will only get us through this year. Then what? Payroll will go up and we are stuck with an increase in salaries as well as taxes. It's an endless cycle. The city manager comes up with the great idea of cutting three departments that are mostly the lowest funded. Another source of income will be the development people. Where else can ready money come from? We are screwed.

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    1. What if we fire them and make everyone reapply for their jobs at a lower price?

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    2. Why are we seeing 2013 numbers? Why not 2014 numbers?

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    3. Cut back the number of people. Just like what happens in real life when there isn't enough money.

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    4. The city probably won't have the 2014 numbers ready until sometime this fall. Of course, if they were favorable to their cause you'd probably would have seen them in your last water bill.

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    5. Ask the County and the neighboring Cities for a proposal to handle the policing. Millbrae in Northern California did away with its Police Department. There are options.

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  11. Last night (or ?) Pasadena meeting on control of mansionization. Don't know the details. This breif information came to me in a facebook post to the post I made on last night's Sierra Club meeting with Bill Patzer, JPL expert on the El Niño affect.

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    1. According to the latest San Marino Tribune, the residents there are fighting mansionization. Little late in Pasadena and San Marino, but better than never.

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    2. Mansionization appeals to city governments because of the huge amounts of money to be realized through development impact fees. Highly paid staff requires a lot of money. High salaries drive development.

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  12. I wish I could get paid 200 grand to F this town up. That is what we are paying our unqualified City Manager. Where is the disconnect ? We are a Village of 11,000 citizens / taxpayers and we have been fleeced into paying the highest in the state . Time to replace the management starting at the top. Across the board pay decrease. When is the City Council going to do the job they were voted to do.
    FIRE the City Manager

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  13. Make every employee of the City of Sierra Madre re-apply for the position that all employee currently hold and open the job position for all to apply for. That is what is currently happening in Newport Beach and elsewhere. The only way to make that happen is to re-place our City Manager. Elaine has proven that she is not qualified for the position she holds. Or Elaine would not be holding these meetings, rather, do the job that she was hired to do!!!

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  14. Why such a huge police dept? Our town has not grown at all yet our police force has. 30 years ago the police force was smaller and we were fine. Reduce the force and the people at City Hall Get rid of Bruce and Elaine. And have more volunteers run the events and help in place of the people who are hired as consultants that are and never have been needed.

    Do not touch the library. We already have enough stupid in our country, and you know you cannot fix that. But our children are our only hope.

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  15. Why such a huge police dept? because of thefine job they do of fearmongering.

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  16. Lots of frustration & condemnation but no specific proposal of exactly how we get theses overpaid fools out.
    Clearly the Council has not got the guts to do it.
    So what can we do to throw the bums out?

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    1. Well, we voted down the UUT twice. Um...

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    2. Trust me, the only way we got the City's attention was to kill the UUT twice. Now they actually need to watch the dollars. Focus, City, focus!

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  17. Someone needs to go to the podium at Community Communications and ask for the City Manager's performance review. Otherwise the City Council will just sit there and wait until Elaine Aguilar decides to review herself in her own sweet time. When you read this and say: "why not you" who is posting this...it is somebody else's day to chop wood and carry water in this town. Lots of smart people in this town who need to step up. I/we get tired of doing it all ourselves, and then there are those who grouse about it being the same people over and over. I assure you, I/we would welcome your efforts.

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    1. 1:06 That's a good idea, why don't you be the somebody. why let someone else do your dirty work? Perhaps those of us who get up each council meeting would rather approach things a different way than to attack.

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  18. Here's the "only solution " which works 1) sign the UUT Petition, vote to repeal the UUT. Let's see if elaine and city hall can manage? In the past ... All they do / did was to create more ordinances / create more taxes ,/ hire more city employees / hand out raises / failed to repair the water infrastructure./ ran us out of water / and keep creating new law suits between the ( police dept - the hildreaths - the chiness developers) and borrow more long term debt / money which city hall has failed to repay. $$$$$$ I Am Done funding these ongoing decisions, what's your take???? My family will find and sign the uut petition!!?!

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  19. Reply to above... Our goal will be to sign the uut petition and watch city hall manage the money which they have left! I did not vote for Obama. But one thing is certain "We Need Change" and it not the coins which we carry in our pockets!

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  20. Just think... If we terminate our relationship with the sierra madre police dept, that saves $1 million dollars in employees costs plus No More smpd lawsuits! We need to get rid of the bumbs who think they protect us?

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    1. look how much we are paying these bone heads to give us tickets

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  21. City hall supervisors and city council members have failed to do the job which they were hired for. In the private sector they would have been fired. What are we waiting for. The city residents are the ones who hired them and pay those cadillic salaries and death benefits.

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  22. Post 155 to 211 pm I could not have said it any more gracefully!

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  23. I just don't get it? 1) our city has always had comminguling of monies issues. Our city has always had misapproperation of monies being spent in wrong areas. QUESTION ...Why did city council hire a person which had no credentials to manage this city ( as a city manager)? This only leds to a city council which made a bad decision or was incompetent. By the postings being shared, therd seems to be alot of unhaly people. Maybd its time that the residents should request that the present city council remove the present city manager. If bad decisions continue, then maybe the city council needs to go also?

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    1. The City Manager needs to be fired!!
      Ever since Elaine arrival every single City Cost & Fees have increased exponentially. I challenge anyone to find a city fee that has not been raised. Elaine still wants more. Must need a raise. I would sure like to know the terms of the low interest rate loan that the City provides to her?

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