Patch Blog: A City Manager's Performance Anxiety

The smell of Bell drifts into West Hollywood as the highest paid City Manager per capita (with a $568,402 salary) gets his performance review before the Council and community.

When it comes to community, it is important we all voice our concerns over how chosen leaders and employees perform in their capacity. It is now time for West Hollywood's City Manager Paul Arevalo to have his job performance review. The Closed Session is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the first floor Community Room of City Hall. Sniff sniff. I smell Bell hell coming down the street.

This meeting is not under the Brown Act, as Mr. Arevalo is an employee and is entitled to have a closed session meeting versus a review in front of the public. Hence, public opinion most definitely can be expressed during this time while being heard by the Council. What other times do we have to focus on discussion surrounding the performance or the lack there of, of Mr. Arevalo.

When reviewing the 2011-2012 budget submitted by Mr. Arevalo, it is noted the City Manager manages to make $568,402 in salary with fringes covering retirement, social security and payroll taxes. With such a small city reaching 1.9 miles of area, I have to question the exorbitant amount being paid to this hired official overseeing the community at large?

As I have stated before, there is a sense of Bell going on in West Hollywood. The Sacramento Bee points to its database where you can look up various salaries of California City Managers.

Back in August 2010, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article revealing the fact Weho's salary for City Manager makes it the highest per capita salary in the country: "The Times' analysis found cities with more residents and larger budgets tended to pay their chief executives more, but the exceptions were more notable than the rule. West Hollywood, a city of 36,000, had one of the county’s highest payouts: Paul Arevalo earned $285,496 last year." 

Not only was Arevalo's 2010 payout one of the highest in California, but it also tops the nation in highest paid City Manager's. The corruption of the City of West Hollywood is supported if not established by Arevalo. Take notes folks, because tonight you are able to question the actions of this man and the allowance by the City Council members.

I am not sure where the Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times got the information pertaining to Mr. Arevalo's salary—perhaps the foolish fodder the City feeds people and organizations. But when I look at the West Hollywood 2011-2012 budget, I am faced with much different figures than those reported to the paper, back in 2010. 

With the budget presenting figures for City Manager Salary for 2007-08, it states $502,108; 2008-2009 $573,626; 2009-2010 $580,746; 2010-2011 $559,410 and for 2011-2012 he is being paid $568,403 for his services and including the fringes I mention above. He is averaging $2,255 per business day. 

A detail from the 2011-2012 budget lining the City Manager Position Salary can be found at modernhomesla.blogspot. For a hired gun, isn't there someone else less corrupt, better with his/her job and more affordable?

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joninla February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM
May I ask a purely procedural question not exactly on point. It seems to me that a recent meeting I saw on-line contained some rather incriminating statements on the record by the commission members. I just saw the 'draft' minutes of the same meeting, and smack in the middle of the minutes, where there was a very egregious decision to vote knowing it was not legally proper to in that situation, there is now a one liner in bold indicating the next matter was voted on in a closed session, then the minutes resumed as normal ..... but with the actual formal vote that was taken gone from public record. Is this common? Does anyone know if it is allowed? It seems wrong to me, but I don't have any actual knowledge on the subject.
Riley February 19, 2012 at 07:28 AM
The President of the United States makes $400,000 a year.
LUCAS JUNKIN February 21, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Yes let's talk about Heilman appointing an ex-con as a city official. Or let's multiply the citizens who live here by $10k a head to see if the city manager makes more of less then Obama. What about the grim reaper Lindsey I heard she's lurking on the transportation commission waiting for someone new to die so she can further political career. How about Abbe Land becoming CEO of the Trevor Project for 250k plus expenses and benefits. Going to move all that social service & developer money from Saban to Trevor. Duran launched his bid for re-election & he needs $500 a head if you got it .. give it to him. Prang's not in the same hurry since he's sitting pretty with everyone right now. YAWN
LUCAS JUNKIN February 21, 2012 at 01:40 AM
they're divorcing I heard
LUCAS JUNKIN February 21, 2012 at 01:40 AM


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