Thursday, June 23, 2016

Transparent California Posts 2015 Salary Numbers

The salary and other compensation numbers for 2015 are in, and as far as Sierra Madre goes it is a mixed bag of results. While many city employees saw salary increases, overall compensation numbers for some actually went down. This might be because of ongoing downward adjustments being made here to what are still very generous benefit layouts (link).

Below is a list of Sierra Madre's top 10 most highly compensated employees for 2015, followed by the top 10 for 2014. To view the results for all city employees click here.


2014

Pasadena Star News article 
This following piece ran yesterday in all of the Southern California News Group papers. It draws heavily on the 2015 public employee compensation numbers just released by Transparent California. Note that in California an average government employee is now being paid approximately double what his/her counterpart in the private sector is making.


To view the rest of this Star News article click here.

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15 comments:

  1. It would seem that only the upper tier of LA County, police and fire employees are now able to afford a home in the LA urban areas, along with the foreign nationals who only live here part time anyway. Corporations have totally busted the middle class, and that leads to the disintegration of our communities and is feeding the exploding problem of homeless people with nowhere to live as investors ramp up rents and build only luxury housing. All of it is just "follow the money" which is being fostered by government monetary policies and tax structures.

    Public unions are the obvious last refuge of the now-unaffordable compensation and pension packages of the past. It's just a matter of time before somebody pulls a "Ronald Reagan" and busts the public unions, especially with CalPERS careening out of control. Easy place to put the blame.

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  2. I cannot believe how much money they make, for the low level of quality of by rote work they do.

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    1. City govt. in Sierra Madre is a kind of financial echo chamber. Most everything being done is in order to sustain the salaries and benefits of city employees. Done so that they will continue to work here on sustaining the salaries and benefits of city employees.

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    2. The "Parks Bond" shenanigans being a good example of city hall's fundraising efforts.

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  3. It is interesting that during the run up to Measure UUT salary increases were being given. Maybe the need was not as great as some in positions of authority had claimed.

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    1. Obviously, it was the city manager who made the enormous sacrifice.
      Her take decreased, but certainly not enough to balance out all the increases.
      A sacrificial gesture perhaps.

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  4. Why does the police chief get $30,000 more a year than the fire chief? Is it that public safety director big ass raise? Crazy.

    Since February 1, 2016 has the police chief got paid half? he should be, the Sierra Madre Police Department only works days. LA Sheriff's Dept. has been covering nights.

    Sure don't need the SMPD chief to watch LASD, they have their own (much better) command structure.

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  5. City Manager is "getting by" on $215,000?

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  6. Having a part time neighbor whose house is taking up a lot of space on a large lot must make for a quiet neighborhood.

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  8. The taxpayers always got to pay.

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  9. look at all the overtime in the PD department. reeks of misuse to me. the PD has always been bilking us with overtime pay especially for the officers nearing retirement. nobody checks the hours and there in no oversight. the collapse of the pension system cannot happen soon enough as far as I am concerned.

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  10. Perhaps if our city employees were paid private sector wages, there would be money for programs, lower fees, lower taxes, and more repairs. City workers are not rocket scientists.

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  11. If you have opened up this web site TransparentCalifornia.com you might notice some local SGV cities do not report their employees salaries since 2011 so be grateful that the others do. One has to wonder why they do not is it to frighten employees during salary negotiations time, keeping the workers in the dark is a favorite stunt used by local government officials who treat their employees like servants.

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  12. It is very interesting how negative people's views are of public employees. The vast majority of public employees are middle-class citizens, not high income greed mongers, like so many seem to suggest. Sure, benefits and pensions are a plus to these positions, but income alone without these things, would not keep most Californian public employees as middle class. Some cities and counties do not even pay into Social Security. I know, I am a public employee. As such, I will not receive Social Security in my older age. I must rely on a pension. Public employees are servants to the people, and most do not enter the profession based upon salary and pension. Most feel a calling to help others, to work outside of the corporate world, etc. If you have a problem with a police officer making $150,000 in total benefits and compensation, which doesn't make you wealthy in most of California nowadays, then go put your life on the line. Officers and firefighters put their life on the line every time they work, every single time. Many get injured, some die, and some die young of cancer (not a statistic I can back up for certain, just an observation). I know, because I am proud to be the child of a firefighter. At retirement, my father had already endured injuries which will be with him for a lifetime, and many of his fellow retirees are already dead...cancer. Now I see that there is an attack by Transparent California on school employees. Seriously? Since when has anyone said, "I want to go into the field of education to become wealthy."? Very few at the top make high salaries, as they should, they are at the top because they have the training, education, and/or experience, and they have a willingness to take on the responsibility and stress placed upon them being in higher positions of power. Just like in the corporate world and private sector, you get a bigger salary the higher you climb on the ladder. I usually perform my public sector job with an attitude of service and cheerfulness. Hearing all of this whining makes me want to say "Forget you people", pack my bags and head to the Silicon Valley to work for Almighty Tech. I have the brains and education to do it, and I suggest other public employees do the same...cops, firefighters, teachers, librarians, etc. Solve your own crimes and protect your own streets, fight your own fires, educate your own children, buy your own books!

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