Santee Councilmembers Paid More Than Nearby Cities

Santee councilmembers make about $100 more each month than the El Cajon council, a neighboring city with nearly double the population.

A story at U-T San Diego compares payments received by East County city councilmembers, and it shows Santee's elected representatives have the highest monthly salary.

Santee councilmembers receive $1,529 each month, after voting themselves a five percent pay raise in October, compared to $1,434 for El Cajon councilmembers, $1,000 in La Mesa, and $705 in Lemon Grove.

Lemon Grove City Council recently voted to deny themselves a pay raise, saying it wasn't right to do so until city employees received a raise, according to U-T San Diego.

Santee councilmember pay will rise to $1,605.94 in July 2014. The Mayor earns an extra $1,048.16 per month. They also receive a $300 per month car allowance.

El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove councilmembers can claim a $450, $350 and $150 car allowance each month (respectively).

Read more about East County city council pay at U-T San Diego

santee citizen January 03, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I knew that raise was a bad idea. xx this is what you get when the ones we elect get to vote on their own raises. xx but then again this council is out of touch. xx xx
Jake Mahamood January 04, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I can tell you this, Santee is the first city I have lived in where if you contact a city official not only do you hear back from them presto, the act or tell you why they can not, so maybe they are earning the "extra hundred"!
Mayor Randy Voepel January 04, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Serving on the City Council is a part-time position. As the Mayor, I work from 8-12 hours a week for the City. In my business (the day job) I work 50-60 hours a week. During emergencies and other critical times, the Mayor and Councilmembers often volunteer (not mandatory) many hours to the Community. The Mayor gets paid more, because she/he is expected to be available for the Media, events and response to the public, as the spokesperson for the citizens. Most Council members have full time day jobs they must take off time from to attend the many important meetings representing the City. Councilmembers must juggle business, public, personal life and not drop any of the balls. Santee Citizen, (earlier commenter) seems to think the City Council is over paid and out of touch. Reader you decide. Respectfully, Randy Voepel, Mayor, City of Santee. PS... I was re-elected with 79% of the vote....my wife doesn't love me 79% of the time!
MICHAEL EARLYWINE January 04, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Mayor the vote to give you raises should be voted on by the citizens of santee, not by you all, because everytime you all will vote to give you one. You ruined a nice small city and turn it into a mad house with more crime, more traffic, and you blame it on tweekers.
Shellayne Baker January 04, 2014 at 06:44 PM
I guess those other cities should take better care of their councilmembers.
Shellayne Baker January 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I have lived in all 4 of the cities mentioned in this article and Santee is by far the best place to live.
santee citizen January 04, 2014 at 07:35 PM
well Mr. mayor thanks for responding. However, you voluntarily took the job, no one forced you. if you intended for it to be a cash cow to supplement your regular job maybe you should have taken a different higher paying job. I look at public service as just that, public service, not public cash cow. most public servants are way over paid, IMO. the founding fathers of this country did public service for a short time and then went back to their real jobs. why do you think that every time term limits are on the ballot it passes? it is because public service is not and was not intended to be a career. IMO!
Tom Vyse January 07, 2014 at 12:04 PM
I have no complaints about public office holders being compensated for their time, within reason. The amount that you guys are getting seems fine to me. I had been involved in a homeowner's association here in Santee for many years. California law prohibits those board members from receiving any compensation at all. The overall result of that prohibition has been a reduced number of good people willing to do the work, imho. Most Santee folks really wouldn't want to live under the rules and decision made by people who would take that position for free.


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