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Who’s Getting Rich in California?

Posted on | August 2, 2011 | 36 Comments

Government employees, that’s who!

Orange County’s nearly-three-dozen city managers were paid a total of $9.6 million last year, according to data in a recent grand jury report on city compensation.
That’s 34 big cheese municipal executives earning an average $281,699 each, including $207,808 in salary and $73,891 in benefits.
A dozen of them earned more than $300,000.

The city manager of Santa Ana, for example, collects an annual salary of $262,272 and benefits worth $75,079; Anaheim’s city manager gets $258,351 in salary and $80,077 in benefits; Irvine’s city manager gets $250,307 in salary and $85,485 in benefits.

By comparison, a U.S. Senator’s annual salary is $174,000.

The Secretary of Defense gets $199,700 a year.

The FBI director gets $165,300 a year.

But city manager of Anaheim . . . that’s an important job!

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  • http://twitter.com/FilmLadd Ladd Ehlinger Jr.

    Byzantium.

  • DaveO

    Not a function of importance, but a function of value. If the voters in California place that kind of value in their public servants – good for them! So long as the rest of America doesn’t subsidize them.

    Given the track records at Defense, State, the FBI, and the Senate, there’s a strong argument for pegging their salary at minimum wage and reducing that to the 1983 level.

  • Joe

    You could fill these jobs for salaries of less than $75K (I am being generous just because it is expensive in Orange County).   That is assuming they work part time, they will cause less mischief that way. 

  • http://www.stevengivler.blogspot.com Steven

    Ah, public service!

  • http://twitter.com/meepbobeep Mary Pat Campbell

    Well, if we federal taxpayers end up bailing out California pensions (I don’t think that’s going to happen), then yes, the Californians are only screwing themselves. And muni bondholders.

    But we’re also assuming these guys come by their salaries in honest ways. That’s a big assumption, especially considering the case of Rizzo and Bell, Ca. from a year ago:
    http://powip.com/2010/08/ratso-rizzo/

    In many cases, the electorate had no clue how much was being paid to these public employees. In California, many groups have been dislodging that info over the past year and putting it out in public.

    So yes, going forward, ignorance will not be an excuse on the part of the taxpayers.

  • http://twitter.com/FilmLadd Ladd Ehlinger Jr.

    It’s a function of their value to the SEIU

  • Joe

    That is exactly right.  You can’t get the staff above $100,000 if you don’t have the managers up there too.  It is one big circle jerk. 

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  • DaveO

    Not saying you’re wrong, but you may not be aware of the depths of ignorance and stupidity that can exist in the mind of man (and woman). This is California we’re discussing, after all.

  • DaveO

    A self-licking ice cream cone.

  • http://www.marfdrat.net marfdrat

    I KNEW I shoulda taken that government job 25 years ago! I wisely said to myself “why would you want to work for the government? There’s no real opportunity there.” 

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    I strongly suspect calls to bail-out California and maybe some other states will be the biggest issue of at least the 2014 campaign, if not by 2012. The Mexicans might be willing to take Cali off our hands. Oh wait, they already have.

  • Liz

    But remember, Stacy, by the standards of Moochelle Obama, that’s not “rich”. She and Barry earned considerably more before he became POTUS (ugh, typing that still hurts) but she still felt she had the right to claim that they gave us prestigious careers in order to help people. And to advise others to follow their maganimous example.

  • Anonymous

    It would be interesting and instructive to put those salary levels up for a vote in a referendum. The justification for municipal managers salary levels as been that they need to be competitive with business leaders. Businesses provide earnings to investors, whereas government leaders manage or miss manage services to the tax payers. I submit that municipal managers are more similar to the manager of a McDonald’s than a fortune 500 company.

  • Liz

    I have nothing of real value to add, other than “Bravo, sir”.

    I spent a few seconds staring at the screen, trying to get my little lady brains around that, before bursting out laughing.

    So again, bravo. I now have a new phrase in my vocabulary.

  • DaveO

    Thank you!

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Think what they’d be earning if they turned in good results!

  • Anamika

    This is California we’re discussing, after all.

    It’s Orange County we’re discussiing, you f***ing moron.

    A Republican strong hold, FYI.

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  • Anamika

    Why are we talking about Orange County – CA, instead of Los Angeles County – CA? Perhaps because…

    Five of the county’s six U.S. Representatives, four of its five State Senators and seven of its nine State Assemblymembers are Republicans, as are all five members of the County Board of Supervisors.

    Too bad, Stacy didn’t mention that part.

  • http://www.rightviewfromtheleftcoast.blogspot.com Mark Goluskin

    Sorry, but these areas mentioned are governed by Democrats. SURPRISE! Even in the “Republican stonghold” of OC, there are Dems.

  • http://www.rightviewfromtheleftcoast.blogspot.com Mark Goluskin

    Again, the LOCAL OFFICIALS are Dems. Santa Ana and Anaheim are D E M O C R A T strongholds. Hello, Congressman Linda Sanchez is a Dem. Take a quick peek of the area she represents. FAIL!

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    Stacy: Your post reminded me of a news story recently, where the SDSU president was getting a raise from $300,000 a year to $350,000 (plus $50,000 a year from the university’s nonprofit fundraising arm…university housing and a $1,000 a month car
    allowance.)

    All while tuition was going up for the students 12%.

    Shameless link whoring here:
    http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/2011/08/flotsam-and-jetsam.html

  • http://waxingerratic.wordpress.com/ ECM

    Californians screwing themselves? I think I saw that movie…

  • DaveO

    Heh

  • DaveO

    Those may be facts, and you may be correct – but how do any of those folks, Republican or Democrat, set the salary levels of city managers and staff? There’s no connection there.

    Brava on doing research, boo for failing to connect your research to the assertions made in the post.

  • DaveO

    Now, if you really want outrage, why not look at the salaries and bennies of the coaches of the top 20 college football teams?

  • http://2011.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    Shorter dungbat: LOOK OVER THERE!

  • Anonymous

    Dungbat.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad someone left the lids off the petri dishes again.

  • Anonymous

    The question then becomes do those particular teams add “value” and revenue to those colleges. Perhaps it’s just because the press ignores searches for city managers but there appears to be a great deal more competition to enlist top coaches.

  • Anonymous

    He shoots! He scores! :D

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  • Robert B Lange

    I’m always curious how no one notices the real damage these bureaucrats do isn’t in the salaries they reap, however overpaid they are. If they were doing it for free, no salary or benefits at all, they would still be draining money, freedom and prosperity from us all. Their life’s work is mostly things that should not be done by anyone for any reason. They fill our lives with unnecessary laws, regulations, red tape and taxes. Forget their over-generous compensation; that’s the sizzle. The steak is the damage they do to our lives just by going to work.

  • http://milpundit.blogspot.com Roger Fortier

    Linked at Milpundit: More Signs California Slides Towards the Abyss