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California city council compensation scorecard

Un­like the no­tori­ous Bell, most Cali­for­nia cit­ies fall well with­in state guidelines for coun­cil salar­ies. But such add-ons as health be­ne­fits and pay for sit­ting on spe­cial boards push some coun­cil mem­bers’ com­pens­a­tion above the line.

Cit­ies without a charter have max­im­um coun­cil salar­ies set by a for­mula based on their 1984 pop­u­la­tion with a 5% an­nu­al in­crease. A Times ana­lys­is of 2009 data found 25 of those cit­ies paid more than the lim­it. The num­ber grew to 90 with health be­ne­fits in­cluded. The chart be­low lists the com­bined salary and all oth­er be­ne­fits for all cit­ies and in­dic­ates wheth­er they are leg­ally bound by the guideline.

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Aug. 1, 2011
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Amador $12,191 $0
Atherton $12,191 $0
Belvedere $12,191 $0
Blue Lake $12,191 $0
Bradbury $12,191 $0
Corcoran $12,191 $0
Dorris $12,191 $0
Dunsmuir $12,191 $0
Etna $12,191 $0
Farmersville $12,191 $0
Ferndale $12,191 $0
Hidden Hills $12,191 $0
Isleton $12,191 $0
La Habra Heights $12,191 $0
Lafayette $12,191 $0
Laguna Woods $12,191 $0
Lindsay $12,191 $0
Moraga $12,191 $0
Needles $12,191 $0
Nevada City $12,191 $0
Orinda $12,191 $0
Orland $12,191 $0
Palos Verdes Estates $12,191 $0
Piedmont $12,191 $0
Portola Valley $12,191 $0
Rio Dell $12,191 $0
Rolling Hills $12,191 $0
Rolling Hills Estates $12,191 $0
Ross $12,191 $0
San Juan Bautista $12,191 $0
San Marino $12,191 $0
Shafter $12,191 $0
Sutter Creek $12,191 $0
Tehama $12,191 $0
Tiburon $12,191 $0
Villa Park $12,191 $0
Woodlake $12,191 $0
Woodside $12,191 $0
Fillmore $12,191 $30
Solvang $12,191 $300
Loyalton $12,191 $515
Exeter $12,191 $529
Anderson $12,191 $600
Trinidad $12,191 $600
Montague $12,191 $780
Porterville $20,318 $818
Merced $24,382 $840
Newman $12,191 $850
Point Arena $12,191 $930
King City $12,191 $978
Plymouth $12,191 $1,200
Wheatland $12,191 $1,200
Calipatria $12,191 $1,260
Colfax $12,191 $1,320
San Anselmo $12,191 $1,329
Downey $24,382 $1,357
Maricopa $12,191 $1,372
Mount Shasta $12,191 $1,530
Roseville $24,382 $1,536
Willows $12,191 $1,680
Del Rey Oaks $12,191 $1,728
Williams $12,191 $1,760
Dos Palos $12,191 $1,800
Monte Sereno $12,191 $1,800
Waterford $12,191 $1,800
Carmel-by-the-Sea $12,191 $1,920
Winters $12,191 $1,980
Reedley $12,191 $2,000
Guadalupe $12,191 $2,058
Fowler $12,191 $2,074
Weed $12,191 $2,112
Rio Vista $12,191 $2,192
Ione $12,191 $2,208
Calistoga $12,191 $2,400
Patterson $12,191 $2,640
Westmorland $12,191 $2,880
Hughson $12,191 $2,900
Gridley $12,191 $2,988
Sierra Madre $12,191 $2,999
Kingsburg $12,191 $3,000
Saratoga $12,191 $3,006
Larkspur $12,191 $3,049
Huron $12,191 $3,065
Chowchilla $12,191 $3,180
Sonora $12,191 $3,225
Kerman $12,191 $3,295
Grass Valley $12,191 $3,300
Corte Madera $12,191 $3,374
Lathrop $12,191 $3,438
Corning $12,191 $3,552
Biggs $12,191 $3,592
Atascadero $12,191 $3,599
Canyon Lake $12,191 $3,600
Colusa $12,191 $3,600
Escalon $12,191 $3,600
Half Moon Bay $12,191 $3,600
Livingston $12,191 $3,600
Portola $12,191 $3,600
South Pasadena $12,191 $3,600
Taft $12,191 $3,600
Tehachapi $12,191 $3,600
Oakdale $12,191 $3,628
Truckee $12,191 $3,663
Arvin $12,191 $3,669
Del Mar $12,191 $3,720
Oakley $16,255 $3,738
Yreka $12,191 $3,738
Gustine $12,191 $3,770
Riverbank $12,191 $3,845
Marysville $12,191 $3,942
Tulare $20,318 $3,981
Dixon $12,191 $4,008
Avenal $12,191 $4,030
Holtville $12,191 $4,130
Avalon $12,191 $4,175
Grover Beach $12,191 $4,176
Mill Valley $12,191 $4,200
Fortuna $12,191 $4,314
La Palma $12,191 $4,314
Seaside $12,191 $4,374
Dinuba $12,191 $4,409
East Palo Alto $12,191 $4,440
Clayton $12,191 $4,563
Loomis $12,191 $4,594
Watsonville $20,318 $4,668
Paradise $12,191 $4,680
Greenfield $12,191 $4,774
Lomita $12,191 $4,860
Los Alamitos $12,191 $4,924
Fairfax $12,191 $5,040
Cotati $12,191 $5,047
Calimesa $12,191 $5,100
San Clemente $20,318 $5,135
Imperial $12,191 $5,160
Covina $16,255 $5,174
Lemoore $12,191 $5,252
El Cerrito $12,191 $5,318
Red Bluff $12,191 $5,419
La Canada Flintridge $12,191 $5,612
Pacific Grove $12,191 $5,643
San Joaquin $12,191 $5,750
Agoura Hills $12,191 $5,809
Yucaipa $20,318 $6,000
Sonoma $12,191 $6,080
McFarland $12,191 $6,100
Marina $12,191 $6,113
Twentynine Palms $12,191 $6,139
Shasta Lake $12,191 $6,434
Delano $20,318 $6,452
Alturas $12,191 $6,600
Capitola $12,191 $6,781
La Habra $20,318 $6,892
Soledad $12,191 $7,116
Bishop $12,191 $7,162
Beaumont $12,191 $7,182
Tracy $24,382 $7,275
Live Oak $12,191 $7,279
Seal Beach $12,191 $7,290
Sausalito $12,191 $7,327
Buellton $12,191 $7,358
Laguna Beach $12,191 $7,487
Hanford $20,318 $7,491
Los Gatos $12,191 $7,609
Manteca $20,318 $7,697
Ventura $24,382 $7,785
Firebaugh $12,191 $7,888
Wasco $12,191 $7,981
Danville $16,255 $7,981
Rocklin $20,318 $8,080
Petaluma $20,318 $8,131
Newark $16,255 $8,133
Rancho Palos Verdes $16,255 $8,172
Temple City $16,255 $8,275
Claremont $16,255 $8,399
Windsor $12,191 $8,780
Selma $12,191 $8,827
Novato $20,318 $8,897
Grand Terrace $12,191 $9,006
Jackson $12,191 $9,147
Whittier $24,382 $9,173
Pinole $12,191 $9,197
Willits $12,191 $9,221
Pittsburg $20,318 $9,222
Susanville $12,191 $9,289
Eureka $12,191 $9,293
Lompoc $16,255 $9,400
Lake Forest $24,382 $9,433
Fountain Valley $20,318 $9,434
Sebastopol $12,191 $9,537
Placentia $20,318 $9,565
Goleta $12,191 $9,582
Ukiah $12,191 $9,648
Dana Point $16,255 $9,669
Calabasas $12,191 $9,792
Auburn $12,191 $9,843
Yountville $12,191 $9,947
Santa Clara $24,382 $10,048
Los Altos $12,191 $10,115
Hillsborough $12,191 $10,183
Artesia $12,191 $10,237
Woodland $20,318 $10,377
Barstow $12,191 $10,389
Victorville $24,382 $10,408
Campbell $16,255 $10,481
Laguna Niguel $20,318 $10,502
Los Altos Hills $12,191 $10,676
Lynwood $20,318 $10,693
Galt $12,191 $10,763
Rancho Cordova $20,318 $10,933
Morgan Hill $16,255 $10,934
Rohnert Park $16,255 $10,948
Stanton $16,255 $10,963
Coalinga $12,191 $11,143
Placerville $12,191 $11,298
La Verne $12,191 $11,466
Gonzales $12,191 $11,541
Albany $12,191 $11,622
Madera $20,318 $11,660
Big Bear Lake $12,191 $11,748
Carpinteria $12,191 $11,817
Torrance $24,382 $11,863
West Sacramento $16,255 $11,879
Sanger $12,191 $11,881
Lakeport $12,191 $12,060
Imperial Beach $12,191 $12,066
Dublin $16,255 $12,133
San Carlos $12,191 $12,135
Walnut Creek $20,318 $12,249
Lawndale $12,191 $12,348
Redlands $20,318 $12,414
Lancaster $24,382 $12,427
Ojai $12,191 $12,506
Mountain View $24,382 $12,541
Rancho Santa Margarita $16,255 $12,647
San Bruno $16,255 $12,656
Hollister $16,255 $12,683
Banning $12,191 $12,701
Livermore $24,382 $12,833
Alameda $24,382 $13,008
Foster City $12,191 $13,122
Pleasant Hill $12,191 $13,133
California City $12,191 $13,200
Lincoln $16,255 $13,210
Pismo Beach $12,191 $13,354
Davis $20,318 $13,376
Moorpark $16,255 $13,430
Arcata $12,191 $13,456
Apple Valley $20,318 $13,474
Cloverdale $12,191 $13,584
Adelanto $12,191 $13,593
Blythe $12,191 $13,626
Yuba City $20,318 $13,702
Oroville $12,191 $13,767
San Jacinto $16,255 $13,791
Citrus Heights $24,382 $13,923
Monrovia $16,255 $13,990
San Mateo $24,382 $14,054
El Segundo $12,191 $14,070
Parlier $12,191 $14,118
Duarte $12,191 $14,150
South San Francisco $20,318 $14,274
San Juan Capistrano $16,255 $14,397
Hercules $12,191 $14,591
Martinez $16,255 $14,594
Brentwood $20,318 $14,658
Ridgecrest $12,191 $14,746
Millbrae $12,191 $14,752
Healdsburg $12,191 $14,775
Montclair $16,255 $14,835
Lemon Grove $12,191 $14,906
Norco $12,191 $14,913
Mammoth Lakes $12,191 $15,075
Malibu $12,191 $15,120
Glendora $20,318 $15,205
Los Banos $16,255 $15,224
Wildomar $12,191 $15,308
Gilroy $20,318 $15,393
Crescent City $12,191 $15,400
Palmdale $32,509 $15,546
San Bernardino $32,509 $15,582
Palo Alto $20,318 $15,601
Ripon $12,191 $15,615
Brawley $12,191 $15,617
Pomona $32,509 $15,634
San Pablo $12,191 $15,677
Manhattan Beach $16,255 $15,810
Vacaville $24,382 $15,869
Elk Grove $24,382 $15,900
Loma Linda $12,191 $15,901
Monterey Park $20,318 $15,927
Poway $20,318 $15,998
Westlake Village $12,191 $16,062
Signal Hill $12,191 $16,134
Brisbane $12,191 $16,179
Folsom $20,318 $16,213
El Centro $16,255 $16,250
Visalia $24,382 $16,343
South Gate $24,382 $16,410
Fort Bragg $12,191 $16,491
Morro Bay $12,191 $16,558
Culver City $16,255 $16,701
Garden Grove $32,509 $16,955
Santa Rosa $32,509 $17,023
Arcadia $20,318 $17,084
Burbank $24,382 $17,171
Yucca Valley $12,191 $17,255
Hermosa Beach $12,191 $17,309
Coronado $12,191 $17,337
Monterey $12,191 $17,402
San Fernando $12,191 $17,422
American Canyon $12,191 $17,483
Pico Rivera $20,318 $17,485
St. Helena $12,191 $17,486
Arroyo Grande $12,191 $17,611
Cupertino $20,318 $17,669
Orange Cove $12,191 $17,800
Yorba Linda $20,318 $17,862
Lake Elsinore $20,318 $18,299
La Mesa $20,318 $18,312
Chico $24,382 $18,355
Cudahy $12,191 $18,362
San Luis Obispo $16,255 $18,418
La Puente $16,255 $18,425
San Rafael $20,318 $18,484
Hemet $24,382 $18,492
Fremont $32,509 $18,527
Montebello $20,318 $18,626
Brea $16,255 $18,682
Modesto $32,509 $18,812
Murrieta $24,382 $18,885
Redwood City $24,382 $18,916
Fairfield $24,382 $19,004
Hawthorne $24,382 $19,263
Paso Robles $12,191 $19,326
Corona $32,509 $19,500
Scotts Valley $12,191 $19,565
Port Hueneme $12,191 $19,646
Ceres $16,255 $19,690
Westminster $24,382 $19,706
Burlingame $12,191 $19,804
Redding $24,382 $19,946
San Dimas $16,255 $19,959
West Hollywood $16,255 $19,967
Mendota $12,191 $20,068
Stockton $40,636 $20,080
South Lake Tahoe $12,191 $20,268
Mission Viejo $24,382 $20,293
Pacifica $16,255 $20,303
Coachella $16,255 $20,461
San Leandro $24,382 $20,584
Benicia $12,191 $20,705
Solana Beach $12,191 $20,761
Fullerton $24,382 $21,224
Cypress $16,255 $21,338
Lodi $20,318 $21,648
San Gabriel $16,255 $21,804
Aliso Viejo $16,255 $21,868
Belmont $12,191 $21,918
Bakersfield $40,636 $21,932
Pleasanton $20,318 $21,968
Encinitas $20,318 $22,154
Norwalk $24,382 $22,242
Indio $24,382 $22,370
Camarillo $20,318 $22,523
Clearlake $12,191 $22,980
National City $20,318 $23,098
Cathedral City $20,318 $23,211
Perris $20,318 $23,327
Newport Beach $24,382 $23,353
Emeryville $12,191 $23,372
Bellflower $24,382 $23,468
Irwindale $12,191 $23,841
Temecula $24,382 $24,027
Concord $24,382 $24,304
South El Monte $12,191 $24,538
Chino Hills $24,382 $24,554
Beverly Hills $16,255 $24,590
Walnut $12,191 $24,592
Diamond Bar $20,318 $24,667
Clovis $24,382 $24,727
Sand City $12,191 $24,820
Atwater $12,191 $24,894
Menifee $20,318 $24,950
Calexico $16,255 $25,229
Huntington Beach $32,509 $25,422
Highland $20,318 $25,461
Hesperia $24,382 $25,533
Paramount $20,318 $25,562
Suisun City $12,191 $25,827
Colma $12,191 $26,209
Commerce $12,191 $26,293
Milpitas $20,318 $26,363
Santa Ana $40,636 $26,438
Santa Paula $12,191 $26,510
West Covina $24,382 $26,550
Turlock $20,318 $26,610
Santa Fe Springs $12,191 $26,717
Menlo Park $12,191 $26,799
Santa Maria $24,382 $26,881
Antioch $24,382 $26,953
Hawaiian Gardens $12,191 $27,049
Gardena $20,318 $27,060
Maywood $12,191 $27,197
San Ramon $20,318 $27,217
Huntington Park $20,318 $27,231
El Cajon $24,382 $27,453
El Monte $24,382 $27,479
Redondo Beach $20,318 $27,482
Richmond $24,382 $27,620
Santa Cruz $20,318 $27,767
Vallejo $24,382 $27,921
Rancho Cucamonga $32,509 $28,109
Santa Monica $24,382 $28,272
Buena Park $24,382 $28,511
Salinas $32,509 $28,609
San Marcos $24,382 $29,129
Alhambra $24,382 $29,747
Desert Hot Springs $12,191 $29,941
La Mirada $20,318 $29,942
Fontana $32,509 $30,553
Pasadena $32,509 $30,593
Tustin $24,382 $31,023
Azusa $16,255 $31,567
Sunnyvale $24,382 $31,769
Laguna Hills $12,191 $31,798
Cerritos $20,318 $31,912
Daly City $24,382 $31,943
Industry $12,191 $32,238
Oxnard $32,509 $33,052
Hayward $32,509 $33,224
Upland $24,382 $33,318
Anaheim $40,636 $33,522
Colton $20,318 $34,159
Rialto $24,382 $34,181
Oceanside $32,509 $35,730
Santee $20,318 $36,738
Carlsbad $24,382 $36,818
Berkeley $24,382 $37,018
Ontario $32,509 $38,476
La Quinta $16,255 $39,016
Simi Valley $24,382 $39,357
Irvine $32,509 $39,553
Thousand Oaks $24,382 $39,553
Escondido $24,382 $39,856
Carson $24,382 $40,355
Bell Gardens $16,255 $40,632
Long Beach $40,636 $42,100
Union City $24,382 $42,113
Santa Clarita $32,509 $42,321
Baldwin Park * $24,382 $42,347
Rancho Mirage $12,191 $43,289
Orange $24,382 $43,836
Vista $24,382 $43,877
Rosemead $20,318 $44,209
Costa Mesa $24,382 $44,355
Moreno Valley $32,509 $44,361
Palm Springs $16,255 $46,522
Lakewood * $24,382 $46,802
Napa $24,382 $47,700
Chino $24,382 $49,031
Glendale $32,509 $51,874
Compton $24,382 $52,454
Santa Barbara $24,382 $54,932
Indian Wells $12,191 $56,215
Riverside $40,636 $58,173
Palm Desert $20,318 $58,581
Chula Vista $32,509 $68,796
Fresno $40,636 $73,856
Inglewood $24,382 $75,361
Sacramento $40,636 $85,829
San Diego $40,636 $86,579
Oakland $40,636 $86,714
Bell $16,255 $98,793
San Jose $40,636 $107,407
San Francisco $40,636 $116,167
Vernon $12,191 $156,605
Los Angeles $40,636 $179,815
Angels City N/A N/A
Fort Jones N/A N/A
Tulelake N/A N/A

Sources: California State Controller, California Department of Finance

Credits: Maloy Moore, Sandra Poindexter, Catherine Saillant, Abby Sewell, Doug Smith, Ben Welsh

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