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.
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.