Monday, December 21, 2015

San Francisco: "a non-compliant entity"

The State Controller's office has just posted the latest Government Compensation in California information for all the cities and counties in the state as of the end of 2014. Click on San Francisco and you get this notice: 

This entity has submitted a non-compliant report to the State Controller's Office. A non-compliant entity is one that has filed a compensation report that was incomplete, was in a format different than the one requested by the Controller's Office, or was submitted after the reporting deadline and is currently in the review process [Later: the city has made the correction. Note that SF now has 36,832 employees, and the MTA has 5,745!].

But when you click on 2013 and the earlier years back to 2009, you see some patterns. After a dip in the number of city workers during the Great Recession, the numbers are creeping back up again. Maybe that's why the city isn't in a hurry to comply: it shows city government as a jobs program. reports:

The controller’s office classified six cities as non-compliant entities for having “filed a compensation report that was incomplete, was in a format different than the one requested by the Controller’s Office, or was submitted after the reporting deadline.” San Francisco, the largest non-compliant entity, joined the cities of Bell, Compton, Covina, Dana Point and Santa Ana on the list of non-compliant entities (emphasis added).

The counties of Modoc, Monterey and Riverside were the three counties, or 5.3 percent, that failed to file...

Yee’s latest disclosure builds on the work of her predecessor. In 2010, following the high-profile corruption case at the city of Bell, then-Controller John Chiang didn’t wait around for local governments to clean up their act. He ordered cities, counties and special districts, under Government Code sections 12463 and 53892, to share salary and other wage information with his office. Initially, some local governments balked, then dragged their feet in disclosing the payroll data...

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At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is odd because the 2014 San Francisco salary info is up at the Transparent California website. (Transparent California has a better search engine and uses names not just titles). Obviously some bureaucratic bungling at play, but whether it's the City or the State is anyone's guess. Note - SF is listed under counties, not cities, at TC.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Thanks! Lots of interesting info on incomes---with names!---on Transparent California.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

A second look: one important advantage the Controller's site has---you can look at individual city departments, though there are no names listed, just positions. On Transparent California we get names and positions, but it's often not clear which department they're in.


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