Thursday, July 24, 2014

LA MAYOR APPOINTS ARTS COMMISSIONER WITH UNDISCLOSED SALARY

Last month Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Danielle Brazell, an arts non-profits manager, and then recommended a specific salary for her role as the General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. But the documents that cleared the city council's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and River Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee said only that. Garcetti's dollar amount should be accepted, but it was not specified. There was only a note to contact Errol Griffin in Executive Employee Relations with questions. An email request for the specific salary bounced with an auto-reply. Griffin is away until July 29, when the city council will vote to establish this new salary.

If I do get a reply, it could be a refusal. The agenda notes that the city council may discuss the item in a closed door meeting, citing a section of the Brown Act. But Section 54957.6 is not to shield an appointee's salary and benefits from public view; it is to allow negotiation between labor representatives and governments.

The salary determined on Tuesday would be made retroactively effective July 1.