Monday, November 9, 2015

Sierra Madre's 2014 Employee Compensation Data Is In

Kitty
Employee compensation records from the year 2014, which by the reckoning of many folks was a while ago, might seem a little past it. We are getting to the end of 2015 after all, and obviously many things have occurred since then. As an example, we here at the secluded Maundry Compound have a new cat. We're pretty excited about it and the cat, which we have named Kitty, seems happy as well. Right now she is wrestling with a plastic bottle cap and seems to be winning.

Truth be told, the State of California does not require that cities here make their salary numbers available until nearly a full year after the fact. Which in private business world-think seems like a ridiculously long period of time. The rationale for this being that it takes a while to tabulate and compile such information, and you know how government likes to take its time. They are extremely deliberate about such things.

Slow, too.

So anyway, after 11 months and several odd days of waiting, we are now able to present you with the Sierra Madre Top Employee Compensation numbers for the year 2014. And then, as an additional service to you the concerned Tattler reader, we are also listing the Sierra Madre Top numbers for 2013 as well. This will enable you to make some comparisons and see how compensation numbers at City Hall have really been going lately.

These numbers come to us courtesy of the good people at Transparent California, whose website you can link to here. Sierra Madre's 2014 numbers have not been listed there yet, so instead we're giving you a sneak preview. Not bad for a Monday.

Here is the 2014 data.


Here are the Sierra Madre 2013 numbers.


Personally I cannot see any dramatic difference in these two sets of numbers. Obviously Elaine Aguilar and Larry Giannone received a nice bump up, but there isn't too much exciting news elsewhere. Certainly not very much was cut.

The benefits numbers still seem quite a bit high, most likely because they're being driven by CalPERS. As you know, it is this state pawned retirement fund ponzi scheme that is helping to bankrupt cities all over California.

It is also why City Hall is hellbent on trying to raise your utility taxes again. They're funding their own personal retirements, and naturally want you to pick up the tab. If you could make them pick up your retirement costs, wouldn't you be doing exactly the same thing?

Unfortunately you cannot do that.

Interestingly enough, between the City Manager and Police Chief we are talking $110,000 worth of bennies alone. I mean, what exactly do they get for all of that? And how does it benefit you, the taxpaying citizen of the Foothill Village?

Get back to me if you have any answers. Use some overtime if you need it.

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53 comments:

  1. Along with benefits I'd like to know what other pay is.

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    1. The Police are killing us with the overtime and the "other pay". Did Sierra Madre have a riot or something that caused that much overtime? Sierra Madre has one of the lowest crime rates of any city. There is no reason that there should be that much overtime. That's why people don't want to pay a higher UUT. Get rid of the overtime first, and then let's see how the budget looks. I'm happy to pay my fair share of taxes but not until all waste and inefficiency and extravagant compensations have been removed from the budget. Clearly, that's not the case yet.

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    2. The overtime is the culprit. in the private sector, companies have very strict rules on overtime. In the public sector, it is used to inflate your salary. That should be cut immediately. Let them do the job in the hours given to them. You can't just drag your feet every day so that the overtime kicks in. If the City Manager won't control it, then the City Council needs to step in. Don't raise my UUT tax, when you have this kind of legalized theft going on.

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    3. They'll say that the pay is so low that they have difficulty finding someone to work here.

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    4. Throw those jobs open to the public and the line of applicants would go on for blocks.

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    5. True. The city could name its price.

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    6. Don't forget the automatic pay increases

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    7. let's add another half dozen police officers at part time and then do away with all the overtime

      the overtime is used to pad salary to boost pension which we pay for - years and years and years

      is there any oversight to the overtime hours paid - how do we even know they are legit?

      jeez, our PD are a bunch of thieves

      lecturing us and ripping us off

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  2. What a silly question how does it benefit me the tax payer? We get the best management team money can buy. I'm sure we all love the pretty colored water we get now. And, were getting more letters from Sacramento bragging about our water use. We get a police force that costs $800,000.00 more than the Sheriffs oh, and 20 hours less patrol time. People were so happy they were giving up their mountain views to the new neighbors they don't even know yet, how nice are they to do that. The list goes on and on, I can't wait to vote in a higher UUT, NOT.

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    1. We need to contract with the Sheriffs. It makes sense on a lot of levels. The SMPD is a vanity force that, outside of making the dumb bunny crowd feel special, serves little purpose. It has priced itself out of our market.

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  3. Doesn't Sierra Madre have a volunteer fire department? Why all that money for the captains? When did that start?

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    1. Rank and file firefighters are volunteers. Captains (in charge of the engine crew) are all paid. Paramedics are all paid.

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    2. Please note the fairy tales of a "Volunteer" Fire Department is just that -a fairy tale.It sounds nice to those unable to know better.
      A better title would be a "Training" Fire Dept - so the firemen we train can leave after our training and go to another City.

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    3. If they're working for free to get that training, it sounds like a win/win to me.

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    4. so you think that training all those who leave us is free?

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    5. cheaper than a full time CalPERS employee with a Platinum Pension. Geez.

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    6. Almost anything would be.

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  4. The City Employees all all in it together to constantly figure out ways to get higher salaries, benefits and pensions. The City Manager is no help in this regard. They scratch her back and she scratches their back by allowing this kind of overtime. I can maybe understand needing overtime if Sierra Madre had some kind of unplanned riot that had to be quelled in the City but absent that, this is malfeasance on the part of the City Manager and Police Chief who allow it to go on.

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  5. By paying over time you don't have as many people on the payroll. It is cheaper to pay over time because you have fewer personnel on full pay + benefits. Unfortunately this causes more divorces as the family never sees mom or dad because they are working all the time, city saves money and family gets more money but less time with parent. Question is how efficient and alert is your employee that carries a gun after working all that overtime, is it possible that person might shoot too quick because they are not thinking clearly? City could be like private industry and only hire for 30 hour weeks thus not paying full time benefits. We definitely need a better city manager.

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    1. Baloney. OT pay is a way to spike up public safety pensions. Chief Larry will be getting a nice pension for the few years of his career spent in Sierra Madre.

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    2. It is a common cheating technique to goose up the overtime in the last 13 months of service because that augments the basis for the retirement calculation. Total dishonesty -from Police no less !

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    3. Baloney to Mr baloney. True that overtime pay is in lieu of a FTE.

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    4. A small town of 11,000 cannot be expected to pay for $100s of thousands of dollars in bogus overtime costs.

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    5. The cost?
      "It's only a latte a day."
      ~ Josh Moran

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    6. Bogus? Prove it. Nothing bogus about those who have to work overtime. Think Alegria and the fuss everyone made not having a full time police stationed there. You all caused the overtime.

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    7. hey 3:12 shouldn't you be on patrol or writing parking tickets?

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  6. I also have a cat named Kitty Kitty wonder if they are related?

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  7. The City Manager needs to be replaced, she does not do her job and not worth $225,000.00 a year. If there was ever an audit we would also see more pay to the City Manager and others are paid. She is corrupt! The City Council should do the job that they were elected to do and Fire the City Manager, or they should be recalled.

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    1. So often these logical observations are made on Tattler. Nothing gets done.CC is AWOL ?

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    2. Where does the corruption come in? Show us.

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    3. None of those idiots are worth 6 figures plus. Giving them that kind of money is a crime.

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  8. These employees serve our city government just like our veterans serve the federal government. They must all be honored and respected.

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    1. Oh, it's you again.

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    2. Sure. Just like all employees everywhere are honored. Oh, wait. That's not how it works in the real world.

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    3. Yes. Let's deify bureaucrats.

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    4. 7:51A You have the right to your opinion. I don't know if the bulk of the veteran's get this kind of pay or benefits. I don't believe they're union either but you would probably support them if they were. City employee's serve no one but themselves. I'm beginning to believe you aren't too bright!

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    5. City employees serve like Military - what ?
      Like to try that at the VFW anytime?

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    6. I see that veteran at times are forced to be homeless, which is unacceptable. I have never heard of a pensioned city employee forced to live on the street.
      Maybe the system is wrong... when a individual fights for our country he never has to live on the street. Where should the money comes from to provide that guarantee. How about cut the over inflated government pensions and benefits. The Veterans desire that right the city employees Do Not!!!

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    7. Sorry pal, no one 'forces' a veteran to be homeless... they make their own life choices.

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    8. 12:29 missed the part about "Love Thy Brother".

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    9. Free medical for life at the VA ain't cheap.Many homeless vets. have PSTD ( a mental illness) from being forced to kill men woman and children in the name of liberty.

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    10. Why do you hate Veterans? And if you had to use the VA exclusively, you'd be waiting months for care. Give it a break.

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    11. Never in the history of progress has a child been forced to be murdered for the sake of libert

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  9. You are missing some of the points here 8:14. This is poor management but it does save the city money. Poor management in many ways, more pay for those working overtime and city saves money because they don't have to hire more people. Our loss because officer is putting in more hours but is probably not as efficient, then, we get out of town LAPD officers who are not that familiar with the city and community needs. BUT, everything is ok until something goes wrong.

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    1. I like the LAPD officers. They're street smart and most of them are probably more efficient than SMPD officers. What the hell does "not familiar with the city and community needs" mean? GPS gets them to the right place. If there's a 911 call they answer it. Give us a freaking break!

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    2. The town ain't that complex. A smart cop'd learn the layout in a day.

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  10. In a nut shell, thank goodness Sierra Madre, California is a least honest in posting on time its 'Employee Compensation Data' of course their are other less reputable cites in California and one in particular prides it's self as being 'The Pride of the Foothills' more later on that note. Records require reformatting; Angel Camp, Cudahy, Farmerville, Imperial, Isleton, Placerville. Refuse to Produce; Calexico, Cerritos, Montague, Susanville. Since 2011 Unable to Produce; Coalinga, Corning, Fort Jones, Jackson, Reedly, Weed. Stalling Request; Doe Palos, Fairplax, Exeter, Live Oak, Marysville, Maywood. Reported in 2011 ONLY; Compton, Glendora, Porterville. There we go see how 'The Pride of the Foothills' treats it's voting residents doesn't even post the Employees Salary Data. This is out of 478 cities in California who are on that 'Transparency list' mentioned in this article.

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    1. Sierra Madre was actually on that list a few years back. Since then things have been better. There is an article on this blog somewhere that gives all the details. The Tattler worked with Transparent California and was involved in solving the problem.

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    2. http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-is-sierra-madres-employee-benefits.html

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  11. Talk about hiding it in plain sight and not answering a question directly only to set more stumbling blocks in the path of those who want to know, http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us/departments-services/human-resources/salary-schedule This has to be the best Merrie-go-round ride ever built. I have it on good authority this cities city manager is as slippery as a eel and venomous too.

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  12. nice to see Dead Eye Shoot Em in the Back Amos is able to make a nice income

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  13. 9:06 am, you have got to learn how to relax, your going to have a heart attack.

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    1. I can't find the reasoning here.

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