(Los Alamitos, 1/4/2012, by JM Ivler) At 6:00 PM this Monday, Jan 7, 2013, there will be a special meeting at City Hall of Los Alamitos’ new City Council., with four very interesting agenda items plus an intriguing closed session.
After we get past the Call To Order and the Roll Call we seem to have eliminated the Pledge and the required sermon, prayer, um, whatever it is that they call it to keep it barely Constitutional. We also seem to have eliminated Public Comments and any Consent Calendar items and we move on to the Special Orders Of The Day.
Mayor pro tem revisited?
Do you all remember the 5-0 votes for Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem? Well it seems that Mayor Pro Tem Murphy has requested that the process be revisited. So, my best guess is the surprise that was delivered to all by his selection will be part of that discussion.
The recommendation from City Staff is to “Receive and file” or ”Action as Council deems appropriate.” I’m betting on the “or” and suspect that Councilman Murphy is going to deem it appropriate to discuss this item and maybe even take some action.
My hope is that part of that action will be to create a set of processes or procedures to avoid the situation where we have a member of City Council going into their sixth year and NOT having served as Mayor while all the other members with more than a months experience have served as Mayor (one twice!).
Management salaries & benefits revisited
This will be followed by a revisit to the Contract Terms that was voted on and then tabled in the last meeting. But this time in stead of just pushing the contract through, there will actually be a discussion on the item.
What an amazing idea. To have an open and frank discussion on things like why the city is paying top dollar for employees and also paying a pension.
The reason that pensions were created for public service were to offset the fact that government employees were being paid below the same wages that they could get in the private sector. Since we are no longer paying less for public employees than they can get in the private sector, it’s really a good time to discuss why we are paying for pensions as well.
My favorite line of all this is where the agemda says that salary surveys show that management position salaries in Los Alamitos have dropped below the lowest level for comparable positions in the County.
A check of a comparable position for a non-profit CEO in the Long Beach area with 10 direct reports, a BA, 5-10 years experience and managing a budget of $4,000,000 is less than $100,000/yr. Last time I checked we are paying over $170,000/yr for the City Manager. I guess when you measure the position against other overpaid City Manager positions, most in cities over five times our size, yes, we are low. But when you compare to the private marketplace we are way high. It should be an interesting discussion to see why we need to pay so much, and pay more on top of it.
City Clerk, City Attorney Appointments
Then we move on to the approval of the terms of employment for Windy as City Clerk.
We close off the discussion items with the issues surrounding replacing the City Attorney.
Then we have a closed item dealing with employment of the City Manager, and it says nothing about evaluations or negotiations! While I have my suspicions over what this is all about, it’s a closed session so I’m going to keep my suspicions to myself, but everyone can feel free to voice theirs in the comments section.
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