Take Two for August 8, 2013

State Of Affairs: City Manager salary, City Hall contracts and more

Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield

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Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield (Third District)

It's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California. To help us with that, we're joined by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and politics editor Oscar Garza.

The city of Santa Ana has a new city manager and he's already making news, but maybe not for the right reasons. It turns out he will be one of the state's highest paid public employees with a compensation package that exceeds a half-million dollars.

Let's break down the numbers: His base salary is $315,000, he will get another $36,000 this year for housing, $7,500 in moving expenses and then sick days, vacation days and insurance benefits. A councilwoman says you get what you pay for and they wanted the best.  

August is typically a pretty slow month at Los Angeles City Hall but that's not true this year, thanks a contract that's being negotiated with the Department of Water and Power's union. The boss of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers told the Daily News he wanted a deal by tomorrow, but the city council president told KPCC there's no way that's going to happen. Where do we go from here?

The Los Angeles City Council passes resolutions all the time. These are usually of little note has they are unenforceable, but yesterday something interesting happened. Councilman Bob Blumenfield asked his colleagues to support a state bill that was authored by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield. How can that be right? And what is this bill anyways?

Congress is in recess for the month and members use this time to hear from constituents on key issues. For this Congress, it's immigration, which the House will take up in earnest after Labor Day. How is the Southern California delegation seeking out voices?

The five-member LA County Board of Supervisors have huge districts and each member has a huge amount of power. Now there's some talk about some changes that could lead to a 6th district being added. Where is that coming from? 


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