SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Despite the hard times, about a third of San Diego City Council staffers got raises over the past two years, it was reported Saturday.
Most city employees have seen their pay cut 6 percent, but one City Council staffer has realized a raise of 67 percent, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Raises for 27 staffers averaged $10,779 per year, or 20 percent, the newspaper reported. The raises totaled $291,000, and nine of the raises came with promotions.
The raises were granted by council members during a two-year stretch in which overall spending fell nearly $240 million from its now $1.1 billion operating budget.
The raises were uncovered by the newspaper's "Watchdog" after it filed a request for the information under the state Public Records Act.
Citywide pay cuts started July 1, 2009.
The data received through the filing covered 86 full-time employees in six council offices, excluding staffers for David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf, who have only been in office seven months. The raises ranged from $2,000 to $34,000 annually.
Council members Carl DeMaio, Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, Sherri Lightner and Tony Young gave a raise of at least 24 percent, and eight workers saw their pay increase by 33 percent or more, the Union-Tribune reported.
The biggest raise went to Donald Mullen, whose title was changed from policy chief to chief of staff by Emerald in March 2010. His annual salary rose 45 percent from $75,000 to $109,000, the newspaper repotted. Emerald told the newspaper Mullen's raise was "commensurate" with the new title.
The top earner, Jimmie Slack, Young's chief of staff, saw his salary increase by 12 percent to $112,000 annually.
Matthew Awbrey, Faulconer's policy director, got a 67 percent increase to $65,000 annually after being promoted twice. Despite the raise, Faulconer's budget remains the council's lowest, his spokesman noted.
Council staffers are not the only city employees to get raises. Mayor Jerry Sanders awarded raises totaling $46,000 to two top administrators in January.
Union contracts call for raises based on length of service and promotions, such as a police officer becoming a police captain. The Mayor's Office said those raises are typically about 5 percent although some can be higher.
San Diego lifeguards planned to resume the search Monday morning for a man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.