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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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    City Guideline is binding State guideline Average total pay Comparison
    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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