30% of Glendale city workers made $100,000 or more in 2010
As officials continue to press for millions in concessions from the city’s employee unions, records show nearly 30% of Glendale’s municipal workforce earned $100,000 or more last year.
Of Glendale’s roughly 2,400 hourly and full-time employees, 647 earned $100,000 or more before taxes and other deductions — making up a collective payroll of nearly $88 million in calendar year 2010, according to city records.
City officials caution that the list of payouts includes overtime and other cash benefits, which cannot be factored into the pension checks employees receive when they retire. From 8.5% to 11% of each paycheck also goes toward each employee’s CalPERS contributions, according to the Glendale News-Press.
Some overtime is also paid for by grants or other agencies, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz. For example, in the 2009-10 calendar year, police earned $600,000 in overtime for working movie and television film shoots in Glendale.
-- Melanie Hicken, Times Community News
Photo: The Americana Mall in downtown Glendale. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times