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Local council members may earn thousands in stipends for serving on boards, committees

Review of FPPC rules finds Sac County officials receive more in compensation; stipends are rare in San Joaquin County

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:52 am, Sat Nov 17, 2012.

For every month that Galt Mayor Barbara Payne attends a Sacramento Area Council of Governments meeting, she receives $100. She gets the same taxpayer-funded stipend for attending the monthly meetings of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.

Fellow City Councilman Mike Singleton also earns $100 from the Sacramento County Local Agency Formation Commission each month — and will do so through 2014.

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  • roy bitz posted at 9:12 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Council members are " elected volunteers".
    They voted themselves Cadillac healthcare years ago. Because they could. Seems to me a self respecting council person---- especially one who was already receiving healthcare benefits from another source would decline this "gift".

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:14 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Oh, and all of this for a mere part-time employee. Do any other city of Lodi employees have this insurance or benefits? Send an email to your council rep and ask him about his health insurance and how he uses it, cash out or opts to use it?Are other city employees allowed to do the same?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:11 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Bitz, I believethey can take the cash equivalent of the policy they get from the city. The cost of those policies, I believe, are from $13,000-$17,000. Council gave themselves this hefty raise a while back. They also get a vehicle allowance, city credit card and a monthly stipend. An article not long ago stated the the Lodi city council members were paying themselves more than the standard recommended by the state of California. They also garner trips, meals, lodging and many unreportable $99 and under contribution checks to their "campaigns". And I'm sure many make paid appearances and serve on other boards and organizations that compensate them well, either over or under the table with amenities such as meals, spa stays and treatments, weekend getaways and you can only imagine what else.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:55 pm on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Can Lodi council members who already have a healthcare program provided to them by another entity--- a current employer, previous employer, or a spouse' employer--take the cash equivalent of the cost of the "Cadillac" program they are "entitled" to?
    If so, what is the cash value awarded?
    Just askin.

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 7:47 pm on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    99er Posts: 119

    Yes sir the headlines can be misleading. Personally I find it a small sin, but it can be annoying when I'm fooled.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:43 am on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    The headline is misleading. When the LNS refers to "local Council members" you think of Lodi Council members. The story tells us they don't receive a dime for participating on these various boards.



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