Nomination period to fill Pleasanton City Council vacancy closes Friday State, National, International, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jan 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm
The nomination period to fill a City Council vacancy at a Special Election is now open, closing at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The vacancy was created when Jerry Thorne was elected to the office of mayor in November 2012. The person elected to the fill the vacancy will hold the office for the unexpired term ending in November 2014. Pleasanton residents will vote to fill the vacancy at a special Vote By Mail Election to be held Tuesday, May 7. For more information, prospective candidates should schedule an appointment with the City Clerk by calling (925) 931-5027.
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Posted by Terri, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2013 at 8:02 am
The compensation used to $500 per month, which is nothing for the many hours that go into meetings and constituents. I would be interested in what it is now, I remember Hosterman calling for an increase in the stipend when she got in. There has always been a reluctance to tell what medical benefits are given. I know many council and School Board trustees have stayed in office for the benefits. I would like to know what lifetime benefits they get.
Weekly would you please do a story on City Council and School trustee stipends and benefits.
Posted by Becky Dennis, a resident of the Foxborough Estates neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2013 at 8:48 am
Hi, Terri -
As a retired Councilmember, I am permitted to BUY health insurance as part of the City's group plan. Given the much higher cost of purchasing adequate family coverage as an individual this is a welcome benefit in these uncertain economic times.However, the City of Pleasanton does not pay for my health insurance.
In spite of the uncertain schedule and modest monthly stipend, it's a privilege to serve and also the most interesting work you can get for about $3/hour!
Posted by former, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:37 am
The City Council pays a stipend of I believe $900 per month (maybe $700?) plus the city pays for your medical and dental insurance. City Council members are also part of the CalPERS retirement system although with the low stipend this does not do much. Once a Council member leaves office, they are entitled to the City health insurance but they have to pay their own premiums. City Council members used to receive retiree medical benefits once they left office but the California legislature changed the law which does not allow for retiree medical benefits anymore. That was changed while Tom Pico was in office so he was the last Council Member/Mayor to receive medical insurance benefits for life. The amount the City pays is based on the number of years of service
For the School Board, I forget the amount but there is a small stipend there and the District does not pay for any of your health or dental insurance.
Like Becky said, you do not take on these offices for the money.
Posted by Need Current Update, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2013 at 9:45 am
The last I read was that Hosterman (past Mayor) not only received her monthly stipend, she also received (as did her fellow counsel members) $100.00 for each committee she was on. I remember reading she insisted upon placing herself on more than 10. That would add another $1000.00 or so to the package. I also remember reading that she created even more committees. That would mean MORE money. Let's not forget the free City credit cards for all members. (for gas, free lunches/dinners etc. for friends, employees and of course City business) It would be very interesting to check out the current amounts and benefits. Becky Dennis did not give the full picture. Sometimes, members of Committees didn't even attend and there was fraud taking place on some Boards, (like The Alameda County Community Action Board), where Board reps were not paying attention or even holding meetings. Remember that recent one in print?
Posted by Jon, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm
I think anyone who runs for local office must be nuts. The low pay, negative blogs, long hours away from family, late nights, tens of thousands of dollars needed to fund a campaign, and potential to alienate friends and family with your political decisions would drive me away.
Yes I want to help my community, but I am going to settle for soccer coachwood my kids team instead.