Other cities in state also pay man­agers well

Some make house loans and pro­vide ben­e­fits dou­bling base pay, a study finds.

Los Angeles Times - - California - Pa­trick McGreevy re­port­ing from sacra­mento

Al­though eclipsed by the pay in Bell, other cities through­out Cal­i­for­nia are heap­ing big money on their top man­agers, in­clud­ing six­fig­ure loans to buy houses and ben­e­fits that more than dou­ble base pay, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased by state law­mak­ers Wed­nes­day.

The re­port also found that more than two months af­ter the Bell scan­dal, many cities are still not do­ing enough to make it easy for the pub­lic to find out what top of­fi­cials are paid.

Is­sued by the staff of the state Assem­bly Com­mit­tee on Ac­count­abil­ity and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­view, the re­port said most cities re­ported post­ing salaries on their web­sites, but “city web­sites were of­ten dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate and … many cities posted in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion.”

A sur­vey of ben­e­fits by the panel found that Palo Alto’s con­tract with its city man­ager of­fers him up to $1.5 mil­lion to buy a house that would be co-owned by the city, plus a $500,000 home loan.

The Sun­ny­vale city man­ager’s con­tract al­lows a $900,000 home loan at be­low 1% in­ter­est. Hunt­ing­ton Beach’s city man­ager con­tract al­lows a $200,000 home loan.

Among other ben­e­fits: The Long Beach city man­ager’s con­tract pro­vides for six months’ severance pay if he is ter­mi­nated.

The study con­cluded that city man­ager ben­e­fits can add sig­nif­i­cantly to to­tal com­pen­sa­tion, equal­ing as much as 40% to 245% of the base salary.

“For ex­am­ple, the city man­ager of River­side has a base salary of $289,864; but to­tal com­pen­sa­tion was more than $419,000, in part be­cause the city pays both the em­ployer and em­ployee share of re­tire­ment costs,” the re­port said. pa­trick.mcgreevy @latimes.com For in­for­ma­tion about Bell city salaries, please go to latimes.com/bell.

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