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    West Hollywood City Council to Consider Pay Raise for Themselves and Appointed Officials

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    At an adjourned regular West Hollywood City Council Meeting on Monday, June 24, the West Hollywood City Council is set to review a proposed amendment to Section 2.08.070(b) of the West Hollywood Municipal Code. The amendment aims to increase the monthly compensation for City Councilmembers to $1,724.79 and raise the stipend for Advisory Board and Commission members from $75 to $100 per meeting, not exceeding $200.

    According to the California Government Code Section 36516, a general law city may adjust council members’ monthly compensation based on the city’s population, allowing an increase of up to five percent annually. West Hollywood’s City Council last raised its compensation in October 2022, setting the monthly rate at $1,568. The new proposal suggests increasing this to $1,724.79 per month, starting December 17, 2024, after the November 2024 election is certified. This would result in an annual compensation of $20,697.48 per Councilmember.

    In addition to the base compensation, Councilmembers receive allowances for telephone, internet, miscellaneous office, and transportation expenses, as well as medical contributions and other benefits. Reimbursements for necessary travel expenses are governed by Government Code § 36514.5 and the City’s AB 1234 policy.

    Regarding the stipend for appointed officials, the compensation has remained unchanged since 2016. The current proposal recommends increasing the stipend from $75 to $100 per meeting. Appointed officials would not receive more than $200 per month. For instance, Planning Commissioners and Rent Stabilization Commissioners, who meet twice a month, would receive a monthly stipend of $200. The new stipends will take effect on January 1, 2025.

    According to a City Staff Report, the City Council’s decision to adjust the compensation for Councilmembers and stipends for appointed officials aligns with its ongoing efforts to promote social equity and recognize the contributions of its officials. The proposed changes reflect a commitment to fair compensation and acknowledgment of the rising cost of living and inflation rates. The Council will consider these amendments in its upcoming session.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Factsetc
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    1 month ago

    The aren’t worth it. They are civil servants. The worst thing about the TV coverage of the City council meetings is to see how incompetent they are. Establishment was good popping that is Mayor Erickson and gushing and smiling negative that is and thinking that is so very much….all over them. Proving he never had a real job and is only been living off the public dime.

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    1 month ago

    Considering all the harm the council members do to our city, they should be paying us!

    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    They don’t deserve it but it’s understandable why they want it. With the cost of everything skyrocketing due to their policies and high taxes here…we all need a little raise. It must be nice to be in a position to vote yourself one.

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    1 month ago

    Any raise should be performance based…and voted on by residents (most of which wouldn’t give them a dime more due to their lack of performance…hell, in a real, rational world with common sense, they’d all be fired!).

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