Newport Beach, California

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Newport Beach is a city in California.

Public employee salaries

Retiring police chief John Klein total compensation when he retired, including leave buyouts and severance per contract, was $440,231.[1]

Thirteen full-time life guards in Newport make over $120,000 annually. “We have negotiated very fair and very reasonable salaries in conjunction with comparable positions and other cities up and down the coast,” Brent Jacobsen, president of the Lifeguard Management Association, told the Orange County Register. “Lifeguard salaries here are well within the norm of other city employees.”[2]

Lobbying

Main article: California government sector lobbying

For 2007 and 2008, Newport Beach spent $92,258 on lobbying.[3]

Public Pensions

Newport Beach lifeguards have bowed to pressure to scale back their retirement benefits. Newport Beach City Council members Tuesday night approved a reworked contract with full-time lifeguards that would roll back pension plans for new employees, and require current guards to contribute more toward their own retirement costs. The council voted 6 to 1 to approve the contract. Newport is one of a growing number of California beach cities that have said they can no longer afford to pay full-time lifeguards the same "public safety" pensions offered to police officers and firefighters.[4]

References

  1. OC Register, Who was best-paid police chief in California, OC?, Nov. 2, 2010
  2. The Blaze, UNION DEFENDS 13 CALIF. LIFEGUARDS MAKING OVER $120,000: ‘VERY FAIR & VERY REASONABLE', May 11, 2011
  3. State-Level Lobbying and Taxpayers: How Much Do We Really Know?, Pacific Research Institute
  4. LA Times, Newport Beach lifeguards' retirement benefits scaled back, June 29, 2011