Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Has Someone Finally Topped Sierra Madre's 2013 City Employee Health Insurance Costs?

We used to talk about the City of Sierra Madre's employee health care plan costs so much in 2013 that the issue became difficult to ignore. Things actually did change downtown and employee health care plans in Sierra Madre today are no longer quite as costly as they used to be. At least in a comparative thinking sort of way. But when they were, people did begin talking. Here is a graphic we posted a just a couple of years ago.

Link to article here.

Of course, overall benefits costs have not come down quite that much in Sierra Madre. They're still pretty high, especially for a small town with a very finite (and small) community of taxpayers. Here are the 2014 Top 20 salaries and benefits in the Foothill Village according to the Transparent California website (link):


As far as total benefits go, those folks are not cheap dates. It costs a lot of money just to get them out of the door in the morning. Certainly it would be interesting to see those total 2014 benefits figures broken down into their individual kernels of golden goodness. Health care versus CalPERS, that sort of thing.

I'm going to have to see if I can't get that. You know, so folks know exactly what they're voting for in April when casting a ballot for or against 10% utility taxes. We're certainly not getting that kind of information from the usual in town sources.

So anyway, there is now another city in the employee health care crown running, one that makes Sierra Madre, even in its 2013 glory days, look kinda cheap. And that new wonderland of excessive employee rewards would be none other than the City Of Industry. Check this out (link):


Pretty wild, right? Certainly higher than where the City of Sierra Madre was at when it was paying nearly $35,000 for its top 5 city employee health care plans in 2013?

That is obviously true. But maybe not quite as much as you might have first thought?

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30 comments:

  1. Why aren't all city employees on Obamacare? Why aren't all State employees on Obamacare?
    Why aren't all politicians on Obamacare.

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    1. Why should a Sierra Madre policeman be compensated $150,000+ a year? Can anyone explain that? Easiest duty in Los Angeles County. If anything goes really wrong they call in the Sheriffs.

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    2. Obamacare is for YOU, not them.

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    3. Our PD is a rip off.

      Look at the overtime they are racking up - Enrique is near retirement and he's socking away overtime

      and we'll be paying his and other pensions at full salary when we have to replace them on the payroll

      nobody justifies or audits the overtime

      we have a city manager that bills a city event over hundreds of hours for a simple rubber stamp approval

      disgraceful

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    4. Mr. Mod,
      Here's a good question: Are the SMPD Sargents racking up the OT covering regular Patrolman shifts? Sure looks like some pension spiking may be going on.

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  2. We need to change the term "public servants" to "city bosses."

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  3. Does the water in Flint, Michigan look similar? The pipes corroding and leeching out lead, etc., when Flint cheated its citizens of truthful answers about the crud in their water is what we have been facing in certain areas of Sierra Madre since October 2013. Did anyone ever really get an actual test of their water for the levels of harmful metals the city said it was safe to drink, bathe in, inhale as steam while showering, wear against your skin from the clothing washed in the gunk?

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    1. No the "affected" people are either; to cheap, don't exist, or don't care about their health

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    2. Leaded water is no joke. I'd hate to think that report has been buried for fear of the reaction it might create if released.

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    3. Yes you apparently do hate to think. It I thought my family were affected by lead in my water or anywhere in my home I would stroll over to Arnold's and buy a test kit for $15. Or get an expensive filter to remove it

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    4. I've been wondering the same thing. Home test kits for water are known to be unreliable or inexact. Descriptions of the Flint situation sound eerily like ours: corrosion from old lead pipes darkening the water and in Flint's case, at least, leeching lead into the water. Can John shine some light on this?

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  4. The taxpayers are getting ripped off. But don't blame the public employees or their unions. Its our fault and the fault of the representatives we elect who allow this abuse to happen. It used to be that public employees received relatively low pay in exchange for better job security and a decent pension by working in the public sector. Now, they have managed to achieve everything in every category. They receive higher salaries, better health care benefits, iron clad job security and an incredible pension that allows them to retire after working for only thirty years. What a joke.

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    1. Public Employee Unions to taxpayers:
      Nothing to see here, move along!

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    2. I blame the unions they got checked in the private sector so they went to the public sector where they can't be challenged and those that vote them in are the same that benefit from it

      People, not just in SM but everywhere need to start rejecting and voting down every bond, tax or whatever until they public sector fixes the biggest cash drain and worst taxpayer rip off in history - it's obscene pension plan

      let the employees pay for it themselves, the taxpayers are on the hook and how do we get off ?

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    3. We get off the pension craziness by contracting out police protection to the more qualified and better trained LA Sheriff's Dept. (and save $800,000 a year in the process, no need for a 66% UUT tax increase.)

      We don't need to be in the pension business. We cannot afford CalPERS' largesse.

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    4. CalPERS was not designed for towns with populations as small as ours.

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  5. Its 3 strikes and No Balls.... Throw the bums out!

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  6. It is time to bring the pension system in line with modern times with age factoring in and a sustainability also accounted for.

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    1. Said no one with a Platinum Pension, ever.

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  7. I would gladly work in Sierra Madre or Industry for the salary that they are paying for health plans and get my own health plan. Many people don't make that much money as a salary! Benefits are $54,000?

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    1. Well then stop anonymously whining on a blog and apply.

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    2. Why do you feel it is necessary to post things like this?

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  8. "Enjoy your services!" - Josh Moran

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    1. It's only a Latte a day! - Josh Moran

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  9. Oh John C. with his pension is very sympathetic, maybe it reflects on his future pension.

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  10. The inmates are running the asylum.

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  11. Those inmates you speak of are ALL in Sacramento, California right now and this is what they DID NOT DO right. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article55310175.html A measure to curb public pensions what put off again, this should not stop the Sierra Madre voters from dealing some voter pain back to those who have abused it here.

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    1. No surprise there. Sacramento and givernment employee unions are practically married.

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