Council members quietly OK pay raise for themselves

West Hollywood City Council slipped a pay raise for themselves onto the consent calendar of this week’s meeting, guaranteeing it passed with limited attention and no opportunity for objections.

WeHo gives each of the five councilmembers a monthly compensation of $1,422. California law allows for a 5 percent raise each year; the last time they got a raise was right after the Nov. 2020 elections.

The city will now pay them $1,568 per month, a total of $18,813 to each annually. The change won’t come into effect until after the Nov. 8, 2022, election.

In addition to the salary, city councilmembers also receive $150 for phone expenses, and $100 for miscellaneous office and transportation expenses. They also also receive medical contributions and other health and welfare benefits, such as life and disability insurance. Councilmembers also receive reimbursement for actual and necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.

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jrBirdsong
jrBirdsong
1 month ago

OUTRAGEOUS! Being on City Council should not be for the MONEY! It should ONLY be for Civi Duty. Bitches do not want more sheriff’s but have the audacity to vote themselves a raise! RUDE! SHAME!

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Caleb Crowder
Caleb Crowder
19 days ago
Reply to  jrBirdsong

Make that make sense 🤔 that would preclude working class people from being able to hold office. It would require that you have a gang of cash socked away so you can serve. Maybe that’s the type of people you want in office tho 🤷🏻‍♀️

Steve Carry
Steve Carry
1 month ago

So what else is new?

Valeri
Valeri
1 month ago

LOL at how Democrats have never held a private sector job in their lives yet become 1%ers as elected representatives. NOTHING to see here, huh?

Caleb Crowder
Caleb Crowder
19 days ago
Reply to  Valeri

They’re making less than the federal poverty line for an individual. How do you get that they’re 1%ers? If anything I’d say these salaries are disturbingly low when compared to the salaries for planners and communications people for WEHO. Maybe the ladder is what you’re talking about? But yea, council members are making next to nothing in a city as expensive as WEHO.

Valeri
Valeri
18 days ago
Reply to  Caleb Crowder

kickbacks all the developers give them. Thats how they get rich

enemyofthestate
enemyofthestate
1 month ago

Oink, oink, snort, snort, oink. Pigs at the public trough.

Michael
Michael
2 months ago

Does anyone realize we pay the city manager the better part of $10K a week? He himself has assistants that make between $2 and $5K a week? The city spends more on repairs to the junk parking machine at city hall then we do on councils’ costs.

08MELLIE
08MELLIE
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Preach!!!!!

Randy
Randy
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

I do believe that West Hollywood employees are over paid, but please get your facts straight.

https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2021/west-hollywood/david-wilson/

Michael
Michael
2 months ago

Who ever voted for Prop 22 in 2020 voted for rideshare/delivery drivers to get a pay cut. Newsom was neutral on this landmark assault on labor. WeHo city council was quiet. I say we put the pay raise to a citywide vote. Put it on the ballot like they did the sales tax raise and the scam to raise parking rates with that power washing gimmick. West Hollywood council members don’t get paid a lot because it’s supposed to be a simple job but the times have gotten very complicated and because the city budget is just so big and… Read more »

08MELLIE
08MELLIE
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Newsom sucks. And the WHCC is complicit.

Keith
Keith
1 month ago
Reply to  08MELLIE

Trump Sucks!

Joshua88
Joshua88
2 months ago

Then don’t pay them a decent stipend and complain when they are *in the pockets of the developers*. In it for personal gain, graft, grifting and all other pleasant descriptions.

You guys bitch and moan about every little thing.

Jose
Jose
2 months ago

How much did they get to cover personal lawsuits?

Woke Pay 4 Play
Woke Pay 4 Play
2 months ago

This is one of the most corrupt cities in California if not the USA. Just look at Horvath. She has no career basically except a self-promoting political hack. Erickson, who’s supposedly is employed by Planned Parenthood, spends most of his time flying around to 25-30 meetings pushing his woke agenda. Sepi Shyne, obviously is not a big hit lawyer, cuz she does the same thing. They need the extra money, they need the medical insurance.

JF1
JF1
2 months ago

The only one that deserves a raise is Meister. She’s also the only one that listens to the people and is a true public servant in every sense. The others are just political hacks looking to make a name for themselves. They could care less with the people that put them in their seats want.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  JF1

I think you meant *couldn’t* care less

Proper Speak
Proper Speak
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

“Could care less” is proper Mr. Smartest Guy in the Room. Take a break.

08MELLIE
08MELLIE
2 months ago
Reply to  Proper Speak

Hate to say it, but greeneyedguy is correct.

Wacky Weho
Wacky Weho
2 months ago
Reply to  08MELLIE

Zhe’s correct on the technicalities, but comes across like a condescending twerp and further reinforces zher reputation as a troll.

So not exactly the big W zhe/zhey intended

Self Serving
Self Serving
2 months ago

West Hollywood appears to cultivate a cottage industry of self serving enterprises couched in council and or city staff positions. Nothing is as it seems. What would be welcome is a flock of whistle blowers otherwise there will be no there there, or here.

Kevin R
Kevin R
2 months ago

If we are paying for stupidity and misguidance, then who are the stupid and misguided ones??

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