The State Controller's office has published an almost comprehensive list of compensation details for public workers. Alhambra is included, from City Manager Julio Fuentes ($212,259, according to 2009 W2 forms) to City Council Members (all in the $11,000 range, also according to 2009 W2 forms). The list of compensation for almost evey city in the state can be found here.
The Alhambra Source is going to do some investigating into this data, but first we'd appreciate some reader help:
For the technically adept out there — could anyone transform the data into an open Google document? (Much thanks to Andrew and Eric).
Here is a link to a Google doc spreadsheet. It can be altered. If anyone else out there would like to add to the spreadsheet — for example we still need to add Alhambra Unified School District salaries — that would be very helpful. In addition, I'd like to be able to post an interactive chart that I could dispay here, which could put Alhambra in perspective of state and local salaries. Anyone want to make one?
One note: I spoke with Clara Wong, the interim finance director of the city of Alhambra. She said the reason that a fire fighter with a base salary of $67,884 made $245,225 in 2009, according to his W2 form, was that it was actually two fire fighters. (Though even with two, that is, indeed, much higher than the base salary.) She also explained that the reason so many employees of the fire department were earning tens of thousands of dollars higher than their base salaries, was that having them work overtime rather than hiring new workers actually saves the city money.
Now, what questions would you like answered about these salaries? What other information would you like included? Either comment below, on the spreadsheet, or send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.