When Candidates for Mayor or City Council submit questions to the city, the city responds and includes all of the Candidates on the communication of that response. The content of the response then becomes public record. I find these inquiries and the content you learn from them fascinating, and I wanted to share some of that with you this afternoon.
In the attached document, you’ll find a series of questions submitted to and answered by the City. One of the questions that fascinated me was this:
How much does each City Council Member receive for being on various committees and boards, including non-governmental boards?
As Candidate for City Council Ken Sandberg pointed out, the compensation issue in the City of Bell included pay for participating on various boards and committees, not just the base salary and benefits from the Council Member position.
The city responded that a $30 per meeting payment is made to Council Members for their attendance of Community Development Agency meetings (maximum 2 meetings per month). However, for any compensation paid for participation on boards outside of the City of Simi Valley, those boards or organizations would have to be contacted directly. A list of those boards and Commissions was attached to the response.
Additional questions submitted and answered by the City suggest that one or more candidates is questioning claims that a Council Member position is essentially a full-time position due to the weekly hourly commitment. Two questions were asked, prompting the city to respond that it 1) does not keep records of proof of any participatory hours for any Council Members and 2) that no part-time City staff positions receive full-time benefits and 3) Council Members are excluded from the “part-time/full-time” designation as elected officials per the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The document includes other questions and answers, and I encourage you to download it and give it a read! Do so by clicking here.