Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CM PRESS # 738

MARINES LAUNCH MAJOR ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN TODAY
Four-thousand Marines on the move against the Taliban.
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SHOTS FIRED ON VOLLEYBALL COURT IN SANTA ANA
Maybe Costa Mesa can rent some volleyball courts in Costa Mesa to these punks.
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REALIZE THAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO CRASH INTO THE TRAIN IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU'RE CALLED A HERO BECAUSE YOU APPLIED THE BRAKES?
Good grief!
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TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF US...

NORTH--Santa Ana--Man was stabbed on Tustin Ave. on Tuesday.
SOUTH--Newport Beach--No one was stabbed in Newport Beach again on Tuesday or any other day that we know of.
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WHAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION COSTS CITIZENS OF COSTA MESA
The CM PRESS recently contacted the Costa Mesa Finance Department to try to determine exactly what it costs citizens to keep the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Here's the Q &A:

Q. How much does each commissioner get paid per meeting?
A. Each commissioner receives $100 per meeting.

Q. Do the commissioners get medical benefits? Insurance?
A. The commissioners do not receive medical benefits or any other form of insurance.

Q. Do the commissioners have expense accounts or are they compensated for gas, food, lodging?
A. The commissioners do not receive expense accounts of any kind. The cost of meals previously served at the Parks and Recreation meetings to commissioners and staff in attendance was removed from the budget upon adoption.

Q. How much does it cost (average is fine) for all the staff members who work at the Parks and Recreation meetings or in preparing for the meetings? Is this overtime?
A.There are four management staff regularly in attendance. These staff members are salaried and therefore, there is no additional cost for their attendance at the Parks and Recreation Commission meetings. Two additional staff members attend. One of the two elects to take time off in lieu of overtime pay and the other receives overtime pay.

There are nine meetings per year and the approximate cost for the overtime worked by these two staff members is $155 per meeting.

Q. Are there any other expenses involved with this commission?
A. There is a total of $400 budgeted for office supplies.

Q. What is the total cost to have a Parks and Recreation Commission?
A. The total cost for the Parks and Recreation Commission is $4,900 per year.
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Thanks for reading the CM PRESS.

2 comments:

  1. PR has 5 commissioners, so the city pays $500 a meeting to the commissioners. Assuming 12 meetings a year, the city pays the commissioners a total of $6000 per year.

    My understanding is that the commissioners do not get paid, their position is volunteer.

    I'm not sure your article is at all accurate.

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  2. Anonymous: The information on the Parks and Recreation Commission that we published came directly from Marc Puckett, the City's Finance Director. According to Mr. Puckett, the PRC Commissioners are treated as independent contractors so the $100 per meeting that each is paid doesn't show up where you might be looking for salaries. They are not free volunteers.

    Also, Mr. Puckett says they have 9 meetings a year, not 12.

    In the Q&A that comprises our column, the A's are exactly what Mr. Puckett wrote us. We just cut and pasted and didn't rewrite anything.

    Hope this helps.

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CM PRESS # 951

HIS NAME IS DR. KEVIN RODGERS: PROMINENT [WHITE] INDIANAPOLIS DOCTOR MURDERED IN HIS HOME BY TWO BLACK TEENS #                             ...