Opinion: Council Compensation is Fair

Had it not been for the City of Bell, I do not believe that City Council compensation would have been a topic of discussion in this election. But it happened, and now we want to see the detailed figures.

I’ll go ahead and say it: I do not believe the compensation package offered to our City Council Members is too much. I believe it represents a fairly balanced compensation package for the size of our city and revenue generating capacity. The figure of approximately $53K+ per year was first made public by the Simi Valley Police Officers Association when they chose to publish the figure in an ad in the Simi Valley Acorn, so these figures aren’t a surprise to me now. I think there are a number of reasons why an organized entity would want to provide appealing compensation packages to those who represent key roles, all of which are subjective and arguable by anyone. Nevertheless, considering our city’s size and bottom line, I do not believe the compensation offered is out of line.

I respect and appreciate the challenging candidates for City Council who are openly opting out of receiving additional benefits on top of the base salary of approximately $14K per year. However, I would not hold it against any of them if they chose to change their minds on that position.

Along the same lines, I also believe the published salary for our City Manager represents fair compensation. I equate the job of the City Manager to that of a CEO of a corporation. A CEO of a small corporation earning just over $1.2 million annually will earn less than a CEO of a public corporation earning billions of dollars year over year. Again, based on the size and revenue generation of our city, I believe the City Manager’s salary is fair. Of course, this is a view point I highly expect will be argued by some.

Regarding City Council Members, if these are the people I’m voting for, I want them to be fairly compensated for what they do. So long as the compensation package is a fair representation of the City’s ability to generate revenue and the actual job itself, then it’s really not a concern for me. In the case of the City of Bell, the compensation did not match the city or the job at all. I completely anticipate that a number of readers will disagree with me, but after a few days of consideration, this was the conclusion I have come to.

To put it into perspective, click here to see the Los Angeles Salary Database. Those are some impressive salaries, all of which we can debate. But the bottom line is the city can support those salaries and they keep them where they are to support employee retention and to be competitive.

On another note, I’m quitting my job immediately and going right in to Los Angeles City Government!

100 thoughts on “Opinion: Council Compensation is Fair

  1. Ted, I’ll give you points for the Petra comment, that was good for an honest laugh. I appreciate more humor on this site. Just for the record, no, not related to any Council persons, and not a female.

    Regarding the benefits, just read what Sedell said in the Star article: the Council member benefits are equal to what City executive administrators receive, because that’s a policy decision made by the City Council 20 years ago. Perhaps blame the current Council for not going back and overturning something from Greg Stratton’s City Council, sure. (While they’re at it, I’d like them to overturn a lot of things from Greg Stratton’s City Council, and for that matter Elton Gallegly’s City Council, too, like the Business Tax, or maybe redesign the Target center).


  2. “Timing sucks sometimes.” Yes, voters are going to wonder about timing when during a period of just a few weeks they are going to get bombarded with information they could have been educated with over a period of months or years – all paid for by the same public employees union. All of it just before an election – how convenient!

    All from a union that scared children by picketing a private residence on a Saturday morning. That is made up by members who all take home more than $100K a year but who insist on complaining about “working conditions” while still holding jobs when a lot of us don’t have jobs, while their working conditions are in a new state-of-the-art police station.

    I agree timing does suck sometimes. Bombarding special interest-paid ads and mailers onto Simi voters in a condensed period of time right before an election is going to raise a Hell of a lot of flags.


  3. Part of the problem is that it seems that some City Council members think that it is better for the public to get the information indirectly, from a newspaper, then to be open and honest and make the information available directly, such as on the Simi Valley web site.

    Perhaps this is because not everyone gets the newspaper and people will either forget about it or it is harder to find. If it is put on the City web site, then it will not go away and not be forgotten.

    Hmmmm, how about the sudden claims from the incumbents just before an election? All that is SOP.


  4. Acorn: “Becerra admitted he was bothered with the union’s decision not to endorse any of the incumbents, especially after he and Sojka had met individually with 20 to 30 officers in the months leading up to the most recent contract agreement to understand what was troubling them.”

    Officers perceived this differently. POA is not backing Police Chief Jr. as a result.


  5. “Leather hides….and “EGOS”…All politicians have egos as big as the room they are in…and yes, that includes me.
    On another note Ted, it is my belief that the reason the Council is backing Steve is because we know what he has done for the past 12 years, and the passion he has for the community. Regardless of the expressed rumors on this blog, I like Bob Huber. I think he is a very viable candidate and if elected will serve the residents well. Although there have been times when Steve and I are at opposite ends of an issue, I believe that is healthy and I respect him for his opinion and he of mine. So again, it is my belief that we are supporting Steve because we know where his heart is and believe he will do a great job as evidenced by his past performance.


  6. Well, I am glad to say that I am not a politician and I don’t have an ego the size of the room that I am in.

    The fact is that if person served their community for a time and then let someone else serve, you would not have professional politicians and large egos. It would also be the way are country was designed to be run.

    I personally think that it is a conflict of interest for the Council to support anyone, especially an incumbent. The Council should be neutral. I am sure that there are many who want things to go as they have been going as it is in their best interest, which may not be in the best interest of the community. It is that self-interest which creates serious problems and issues, like we have.


  7. Barbra,

    But you are so shy, quiet and reserved. 🙂

    I know you don’t support the appointment, but the fact that the rest of the council is silent on the appointment is very concerning to many voters.

    Do I doubt the councilman has a heart? No
    Do I doubt the councilman loves this City? No

    I know hundreds of people who live in Simi Valley, who love this city and have big hearts, should they all be Mayor?

    If the councilman was some big bad terrible guy, then a recall would be sought by the voters. I think we can all agree the councilman is not some big bad terrible guy.

    Losing the Mayor’s race is not a Vote to get rid of the councilman as he will still be on council. I don’t believe he is the right person for the job of Mayor. His 12 years experience can continue to serve the council and he will still be effective as a councilman.

    Now back to the compensation packages.

    Is it unreasonable to ask to see the breakdowns on the packages for the benefits for each council person and the city manager?

    What is the delay?

    Do you think the voters should not be allowed to discuss the compensation and benefits paid to the elected officials?

    I think the council is making a big mistake. It’s not about the person receiving the benefits, it’s about what is reasonable to pay each position.

    I sat on a board and when we were hiring a new executive officer I was the only one fighting to pay the new hire a reasonable living wage, the rest of my fellow directors had a pay scale set that would have put the new hire in a closet sized apartment with not spending money. So discussion of these issues don’t always lead to people being reduced to peasants.

    I think that this should be open book with the voters, and open dialogue. We may find out that a restructure of the golden parachute benefits (i.e. medical and retirement) can be worked out so that those running for office can feel good about it and those electing the officials can feel good about it. Is a win-win impossible?

    They way it sits now with the nebulous data posted on the city website, only tells the voters that the council is unwilling to listen.


  8. Ted,
    I can’t speak for the other Council Members; however, just because they don’t communicate their feelings on this blog doesn’t mean they will support the appointment process if it comes to that. So let’s not jump to conclusions. Yes, we have done that in the past, but things do change from time to time.
    And of course you are entitled to support whomever you want for Mayor…And no I certainly don’t think it’s unreasonable to see a breakdown of the compensation package for any and all public servants. But just because it isn’t done at the snap of your finger doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Be a little patient….However, why is it you or no one else for that matter requests a breakdown of the police officers package? You pay for their compensation too…


  9. ….Comparing that to the Police officers for example who are a full time is a not a reasonable comparison.Plus I have no control over the police department, where on the other hand I can vote the council out….
    Sedell is a full time employee as is Noonan…and you want to see their packages…so why are they any different than the police officers? you don’t vote for them either…


  10. Mike C..here is what Steve has done and this is just the tip of the ice berg….
    What has Steve Sojka accomplished in the last 12 years? If you have to ask that question then you haven’t been paying attention.

    Public Safety
    Steve has served on the Police Foundation for the past 12 years and as its President in 2002. He has contributed thousands of hours and dollars to the PF to help support the public safety of SV. Steve along with Paul Miller were the ones that helped develop and implement our Citizens Patrol which are extra eyes and ears for our Police Dept. Steve was the Chairman of the SWAT day at the Town Center which raised thousands of dollars to help our SWAT team compete at the Nationals in Colorado . Steve personally donated $5,000 to the PF when he was awarded Money Mailer’s National Franchisee of the Year in 2008.

    Let’s start with when he first joined the Council, he spearheaded the creation of the office of Economic Development at City Hall to assist SV Businesses in navigating through the permit process while also to attracting clean industries to SV that bring with them high paying jobs. He was an active member of the SV Film Commission in the 90’s which brought filming to our Valley. In fact he is currently working on a deal to help bring Commonwealth Studios here which would bring millions of dollars in revenue and high paying jobs for SV. He also helped bring the SV Town Center here which has provided thousands of jobs and also closed a tax leakage of $3-4 million dollars a year for our city. He is Chairman of the Small Business Advisory Committee which created the Shop SV First program which not only promotes SV businesses but educates our residents on the importance of shopping local to keep our tax dollars at work for us to provide money for public safety,streets and roads and important city services.

    When the $27 million was in jeopardy for the second phase of the 118 fwy widening, Steve went to the State as our SV representative to the Ventura Cty. Transportation Committee and not only secured the funding but convinced the State to move our project up ahead of others so that our residents could enjoy free flowing traffic through our town. Steve is also committed to complete the synchronizing of our traffic signals to help the flow of traffic on our surface streets.

    Youth Sports
    Steve was the person responsible for bringing the Park District and the City together in working on the improvements to Simi Youth Baseball which since has not only won a number of World Series Championships but has hosted the World Series the past 2 years which has been an economic boost for our hotels and restaurants. Steve along with Glen Becerra spearheaded the efforts for the new Girls Softball Fields at Big Sky Park . They brought together the Park District, the City and the Amanda McPherson Foundation to provide one of the best Softball Complex in the nation. Steve is currently working on bringing new Football Fields to SV for Viking Football. These fields would also provide the ability to have Lacrosse Leagues in SV.

    Steve Co-Chaired the Design Guidelines for Residential and Commercial Development that raised the standards for the look and feel of new developments which is evident in projects such as the Kohl’s Center, Regal Center , the SV Town Center and the office building at First St. and the 118 fwy. Steve has been a great partner of mine in the beautification of SV by landscaping our street medians, the 118 fwy and the L.A. Ave. / Rail Road Track beautification project.

    Now I have only touched on a few of Steve’s accomplishments because the list is too long to mention.


  11. The City Council hires the CM and the Attorney. Although we are not involved in the day to day hiring/operations of the police department,we do have final say over all compensations packages, including the Police.


  12. Ted….you’re not playing nice.I didn’t say we were more deserving than our police officers…I said perhaps you should see what THEIR package includes ALSO>>>>> With that last comment it would seem you were running for something.. 🙂


  13. Barbara,

    Stanford University revealed a study claiming future California taxpayers are going to be on the hook for more than $500 billion simply to make up the difference between the pensions we’ve promised to today’s state workers and the money we’ve invested to pay for them. That’s tax money that will have to be shelled out before a nickel is spent on the public services of the future.

    We’ve heard Simi Council indignation over former close pal, Randy Adams’ pension. The paper noted: “The final retirement payout is based on the year of highest earnings. When those earnings jump at the end of a career, it renders the prior retirement payouts short of what is needed.”

    Please educate me on the multiple retirement/pension benefits entitled to the city manager, council members and the mayor. I’m worried about my grandchildren’s future and their quality of life. I’m ready to pay an auditor to examine city documents and explain local retirement obligations and loopholes which created the Randy Adams mess. Please help me understand what is going on.

    My husband showed me an article tonight which indicated Mike Sedell, the Simi Valley City Manager made $231,355 in salary and $341,385 in total compensation last year. A San Diego watchdog group revealed: “a private retiree would need a nest egg of $3.8 million earning 5 percent a year to produce an income stream to equal $187,000 in the first year, plus 2 percent annual cost-of-living adjustments the city allows.” What are Mike Sedell’s projected retirement payouts? Is Mike Sedell entitled to a $5 million dollar or more guaranteed nest egg on top of yearly compensation at $350,000? It appears his retirement package will have a large present dollar cash value.

    Using Sedell’s concern for Adams’ last payout, could you or Steve Sojka or Glen Becerra or Paul Miller or Michelle Foster also “game the CALPERS system” with a final year big salary payout in some other government job? What is Simi Valley obligated to if Steve Sojka serves out more time as mayor then jumps to county supervisor? The Ventura County Board of Supervisors are full-time employees who earned $119,005 last year. Would Steve Sojka be able to pull a “Randy Adams” on Simi Valley by gaming the system with the current council/mayor benefit package and later retire on the higher salary with many years of part time council service with a full time CALPERS package?

    I’m not attacking $14,000 salary, $52,000 compensation for the council. I’m not attacking anyone specific. I’m not attacking the city manager. Please tell me what’s going on. The newspaper continues to add caveats to council and managers’ compensation packages. I’d like to understand all of the benefits and loopholes. Then we can discuss these matters like educated, rational elders.

    In short order the public should know all the city employee compensation and retirement benefits. The public is entitled to know everything about their compensation they/you work for us. Simi Valley should have open books for all or most of the management transactions.

    Will you support AB194 by Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, which would cap the maximum salary figure used to determine pension benefits for city and county officials?

    With Respect,

    Patricia H.


  14. Patricia, May I get back with you on all your questions?
    Either way Sedell Soldier, $5,000 is $5,000 and I didn’t see the Foundation turn it down…


  15. Perhaps it WILL be printed in the Acorn. I don’t think that she gets what she is doing. She does not like the questions and responses, so instead of a well thought out reply, she has to resort to childish responses as that is all she has.

    Look at the comments that she made in regards to her illegal campaign contributions. She refuses to admit that she did anything wrong and does not get that saying that she did not understand the rules that she voted on is a real problem.

    The bottom line is that she does not want to answer the questions, she seems to think that the public should get information about the City from the newspapers, rather than directly and that make me wonder what she is hiding. If you look in another thread, it is clear that she does not want the landfill task force issues put on a web page so that everyone can see their claims.

    Perhaps she has decided to not run again so she feels that she can be as nasty as she wants, or that is just the way she is, but if she does run again these words could haunt her.


  16. Heather…the freeway is such a mess, and dealing with Caltrans is at best a nightmare. I can tell you we are working on it, but it takes forever. The off ramps are soon to be landscaped starting at Madera and First Street. I tried to get creeping fig planted to cover the walls, but it fell on deaf ears. The “junk” along the freeway is another reason we should not support the expansion of the landfill. A lot, not all, but alot of that comes from the trash trucks driving down our freeway to the dump. Can you imagine what it’s going to look like with about 600 more trips a day????
    Thanks for acknowledging me on our beautiful landscaping…


  17. Barbara,

    Is this a fair start on city manager duties and pay research?

    Let’s not digress with Sedell.

    Could you or Glen Becerra or Steve Sojka pull a “Randy Adams” accruing years of service under the full time PERS & PARS retirement programs (at part time pay) by attaining a final high salary shortly before retirement?

    Will you lead policy to cappping pension benefits related to council service?


  18. Yes. Lets say I ran for Supervisor and my base pay was $104,000. My retirement would be calculated on my number of years (19) with the City of Simi Valley and my salary at retirment. I think that is how it is calculated. I haven’t looked into this because I have no intentions of running for anything.
    I think its a beginning, but has a long way to go before it gets to the 28 years Sedell has given to the City. Don’t forget, he also oversees a police department where most cities don’t.


  19. Barbra, get the facts straight. The landfill expansion does NOT increase the number of truck trips by 600. Look at the documentation. Also look at the requirements for trash vehicles, including tarps. Sure, it is easy to blame the trash trucks, but it is more important to be accurate.

    Also, if the position was correctly set as a part-time position, then the number of years of service would be reduced. The full-time status does allow for abuse.


  20. I hope that most voters will see what type of person Barbra is when she continues to post statements which violate the Code of Conduct for a City Council member.

    This is clearly a sign that the voters need to do a complete house cleaning and get rid of everyone currently on the City Council.


  21. Barbra, don’t you have any reasonable, rational things to say? You are really making yourself look bad and that reflects poorly on the City Council.


  22. … Council members are not required to show receipts for their expenses…

    Not true then and not true now. And just for the record, no City Council Member, for as long as I have been on the Council, has ever had an expense account, and we have never had a credit card.


  23. Barbra,

    I think this is why the city needs to be more transparent about the compensation. That was a quote out of the newspaper.

    I think that much of the mystery around council compensation could be cleared up with full disclosure instead of the rubbish that is posted on the city website.


  24. Barbra, clearly Mr. Mackel made up his mind long ago how he is going to vote. Why expend the energy trying to convince him otherwise? He has this hang up that everyone lives all their lives online all the time, that the Internet is the only way to have information available for the public. It is a fallacy, but it is his right to believe in anything he wishes. Let us move on to bigger and better things.


  25. Actaully Bob, I like to think Ted and I are friends, and in some cases, not all, he has made some good point.(however I forget what they were) LOL 🙂


  26. This is funny. Look at where Barbra responded to the request that the City put information on the web site and she stated that the newspaper was reporting on it, which implies that she thinks that it is not needed on the city website and that people should get the information from the newspapers, now she is claiming that the newspaper is not accurate.

    Also, let’s not be deceptive and claim that City Council members do not get paid for expenses by claiming that they have not had an expense account. There are expense reports filled out, or at least it should be required. Barbra: Have you ever been repaid money that you have spent on City trips? Has the City ever directly paid for trip expenses for a trip that you went on?


  27. Mike C…I didn’t trash Bob did I? I may not have any patients for Mr. Sandberg, but I have respect for all the candidates, hard as that maybe for you to believe, yes, even Keith. I don’t know what ordinances Bob initiated during his term on the Council, however I am sure he had a hand in some, because in the 80’s we were only 11 years old and there was a lot to be accomplished. And although I support Sojka for Mayor, I don’t think you could really call me his “cheerleader”. Someone asked a question of his achievements so I listed them. Actually I am kind of like you. I want to know what vision the candidates have for Simi Valley for the next 10 years. There is much to be done, like a cemetery, shooting range for our police officers, fair grounds for holding community activities like Simi Valley Days. Working with Hummingbird Nest Ranch to bring a first class spa hotel here. There are water issues, like recycling the water that runs below our valley into the arroyo, having a plan to keep the large employers we have while trying to entice more to come… Maybe working with the Reagan Library to bring a world-class hotel and convention center to the site…The future is bright for Simi Valley. The glass isn’t half empty it’s half full. We need vision…not one ups manship of who did what. We already know that part of the puzzle. I don’t know about you, but I want to see new pieces to the puzzle.


  28. Barbra I am sorry you don’t like getting called on things, which I am sure if why you don’t like me, but that is no reason to post the childish comments you have been doing. As I have said, it is also a violation of the Code of Conduct for City Council members. Clearly, you don’t care about that as you have been informed and yet you continue to do it.

    When I call you on a deceptive statement, you refuse to respond in a reasonable, rational manner and instead resort to what really amounts to name calling. Why not respond that I am wrong and say why? Perhaps it is because I am not wrong and you know it.

    You comments show that you have no respect for me, which makes you statement that you have respect for all the candidates false. Your other comments show that you don’t have respect for others as well, or perhaps it is just that you want to attack the non-incumbents, but by doing that you show the very reason why the incumbents should be replaced.

    My main goal is to get people looking closely at the City Council. Claiming that if EVerify is used that then there is a huge expense because of a sudden need to audit everything, yet other than requiring a specific tool actually be used, there is no need to change anything. I do think that it is funny that EVerify was so poor that it could not be adopted until Huber raised the issue. It is clear that there is a problem and the Council was forced to move in the right direction.


  29. I don’t think that she has given much thought as to what it means for her future. Perhaps she has decided to not run again and therefore does not care. I know that there were articles saying that she wanted to run for Mayor, but the illegal campaign contributions might have be the reason for her change of heart.

    I am sure that she has not considered how many people are reading those statements and what they now think of her.

    I have been wondering if she is going to try to claim that it was not her who was posting those statements, but the problem with that is that she has yet to complain that someone is posting under her name, so I can only assume that it is really her.

    I am sure that she does not think that she is making herself look bad nor the Council look back. Clearly, it is a lack of judgment which has caused her to post such things.


  30. Barbra, I am not sure of what you hope to accomplish by your childish posts. I am not going away and I recall a saying “say it and forget it, text it and regret it”. Your posts will remain.

    Why not try to respond to the issue raised? Can’t think of anything better than to say “shoo”? If that is the best that you can do, I would say that we need better people on the Council.

    Do you recall the character “Jiminy Cricket”? Well, someone needs to remind you when you are not doing the right thing.


  31. She does not want the truth to come out. I do not care if she does not want to talk to me or not, but I am going to call her on her false statements. Also, if you notice, she continues to post her childish comments even to my messages which are not directed at her at all, such as Council members getting paid for being on boards.

    Clearly, she does not want the truth to come out and she wants me to go away. Her “RAID” comment makes me wonder if she actually wants me dead.

    If you don’t want the discussion wrecked, then get her to stop trying to sidetrack the discussion.


  32. I want to know Kevin Duncan’s entire compensation package.

    Ventura County Star (California), January 17, 2010 Sunday

    An ugly stain on public-employee unions


    By Joe Howry

    In college, I wrote a paper arguing that the rise of effective labor unions prevented Communism from gaining a foothold in this country. The nut of my argument was that from the dawn of the Industrial Age to World War II working conditions were so deplorable that for most American workers, Communism held great appeal. Labor unions, I argued, were able to counteract that appeal by giving workers a voice and improving conditions.

    It was nothing short of a manifesto in support of labor unions. It also was an act of rebellion. My dad loathed unions. As a department store manager, he bitterly fought against unionizing efforts in his stores, believing the unions had become so powerful that, once they got in, they thwarted his ability to manage his store effectively.

    I had heard his tirades against unions most of my life but found myself sympathetic to them when I learned about the horrendous conditions many workers were forced to work under. Adding fuel to my feelings were the brutal tactics used by companies, aided by the government, to prevent unions from organizing and acting collectively to improve conditions.

    Over the course of my career, I have been on both sides of this fence. I remember the anger I felt toward management for what I believed was their insensitivity and unrelenting focus on profits above all else. On the other side, as a manager, I’m keenly aware of how difficult it can be to manage in a unionized organization.

    With that kind of ambivalence, I was a little surprised at my reaction to a story we ran about the Simi Valley Police Officers’ Association forming a political action committee to raise funds to be used to influence city elections. It irritated me, just as the efforts of the Ventura police union to unseat Councilman Neal Andrews irritated me during the fall elections.

    The tactics used by the Simi police union during the just-concluded and contentious contract negotiations with the city did little to enhance its reputation and sent a clear, unmistakable message about how it plans to use the money raised by the PAC.

    The chairman of the PAC, Kevin Duncan, tried to make the fundraising sound completely innocent, saying there was no plan to campaign against the three incumbents up for re-election – Mayor Paul Miller, Councilwoman Michelle Foster and Councilman Glen Becerra.

    I’m sure Councilman Becerra sees it as anything but innocent. How intimidating it must have been for him and his family to have off-duty police officers protesting in front of his home during the negotiations. Certainly, Becerra and his family had to wonder what would happen if they needed police help.

    In much the same manner, the Ventura police union didn’t distinguish itself in its efforts to unseat Councilman Andrews. And what was Andrews’ sin? He had the audacity to seek pension reform among public employees, including police. The union’s tactics against Andrews included an attack push poll and highly questionable, if not downright false, accusations about his travel expenses. Mean-spirited, dirty tactics don’t meet the expectations one would have for an organization representing police officers.

    It is alarming the power that public-employee unions have gained throughout California. From teachers to prison guards to police officers to rank-and-file government employees, the unions that represent them wield enormous political clout. But, unlike unions in the private sector who fight for greater shares of companies’ profits, public-employee unions fight to tap into what many consider to be an unlimited source of money: the taxpayers.

    No one should deny their right to do so, nor should anyone seek to take that right away. Working for the public, however, carries with it a degree of responsibility. It is a service that has never promised great financial rewards, but in return did offer tremendous job security and generous health and retirement benefits, some of which were negotiated by the unions. That generosity, however, threatens the financial future of our cities and counties as well as the state.

    As public employees have become siloed in their respective unions, the ideas of service and responsibility have been replaced by a sense of entitlement to get as much as possible in wages and benefits, regardless of the consequences to the well-being of the public. For all the good labor unions have done for this country, the politicization of public employees is a stain on their legacy.

    That is what irritates me the most about the activities of the Ventura and Simi police unions. Their members are endowed by the public with unparalleled trust and support. It’s not right that they would use these wonderful gifts to further narrow objectives and personal gain.


  33. Journalists, offline and online alike, pay close attention to the next campaign finance reports. The SVPOA must file one. Compare it with this statement:

    “The chairman of the PAC, Kevin Duncan, tried to make the fundraising sound completely innocent, saying there was no plan to campaign against the three incumbents up for re-election – Mayor Paul Miller, Councilwoman Michelle Foster and Councilman Glen Becerra.”

    Then hold them accountable. As you do with all candidates.


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