By Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle February 22, 2017
Incoming Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick wasn’t the only winner in her $299,675-a-year deal with the city — City Administrator Sabrina Landreth , who helped negotiate the contract, will see an immediate $8,000 bump to her $291,000-a-year pay.
The agreement also paves the way for the city administrator’s pay to go up every time the chief gets a raise. That means Landreth could see a salary bump of about $33,000 over the 2½-year life of Kirkpatrick’s contract.
Chalk up the pay push to the city’s “compaction policy,” which calls for managers to be paid more than the workers they manage.
“It is general practice in both the public and private sectors for a salary or classification system to require an increase in pay with each higher level of responsibility in a chain of command,” said Oakland public information officer Harry Hamilton.
And since Landreth — along with the mayor and the city’s new Police Commission — oversees the police chief, she comes under the compaction rule, and her pay goes up with every raise the new chief earns.
City Councilman Noel Gallo said some council members had “serious reservations” about both the chief’s pay and the city administrator’s connected salary increase.
“I was hoping to see some kind of (national) salary survey that compared the chief’s pay to what other similar-size cities are paying” to justify the raises, Gallo said.
Kirkpatrick’s pay was negotiated by Landreth, Mayor Libby Schaaf and the recruiter the city hired to find a new chief last year. The salary was based on what nearby cities pay their top cops — including San Francisco, where newly hired Police Chief William Scott pulls down about $316,000 a year.
The city also took education and experience into consideration.
The new Oakland chief’s contract also includes $5,000 for moving expenses. Kirkpatrick was working in Chicago when Schaaf tapped her last month to run the Oakland Police Department.
In the end, Gallo said he voted for the deal because, given that it’s been eight months since the city had a permanent chief to oversee a troubled Police Department, voting “no” would have sent the “wrong message.”
Landreth’s first raise — which will bring her salary to $1 more than the chief’s — will kick in with Kirkpatrick’s expected arrival Monday.
Even with the pay boost, Schaaf tells us Landreth “still won’t be even in the top 20 highest-paid city administrators in California who run smaller and far less complicated cities. Believe me, she earns every penny.”
Landreth did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Kirkpatrick will be Oakland’s sixth full-time chief since 2009. The rapid turnover rate has made it difficult for Schaaf and her predecessors to maintain stability in a department beset by layoffs, low morale and continued federal court oversight stemming from a case in the early 2000s in which a group of officers was accused of beating West Oakland residents and planting evidence.
Last year, just when the previous police chief, Sean Whent, seemed to be making progress, the department was engulfed in a scandal in which several officers allegedly had sex with an underage girl and gave her money and information about upcoming vice raids. Whent resigned, and two acting chiefs lasted only a few days on the job.
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February 16th, 2017
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Community Groups Ask Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Oakland Coal Ban
Groups Filed in Support of City Council’s Ban on Handling and Storage of Coal in Oakland
Oakland, Calif. - Today Earthjustice, representing San Francisco Baykeeper and the Sierra Club, filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit from Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal, LLC, owned by private developer Phil Tagami, challenging Oakland’s ban on handling and storage of coal in Oakland. The groups also filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
"Oakland city officials were well within their legal rights to take a decisive stand against Phil Tagami after he misled the people of Oakland about coal at the terminal," said Colin O' Brien, Earthjustice attorney who filed the motion to intervene. “Tagami’s lawsuit ignores the will of the people and the health and safety risks coal poses to community members, especially in West Oakland."
“The City of Oakland carefully examined the significant health impacts that storing and handling coal in West Oakland would have on nearby families already overburdened with air pollution,” said Jessica Yarnall Loarie, Staff Attorney for the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program. “After their review, the testimony of many experts, and powerful pressure from a local community deeply concerned about air quality, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to use their legal authority to ban the storage and handling of coal in Oakland. We’ll be here to support the City of Oakland and their sensible ban, every step of the way.”
"A coal terminal on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay will hurt water quality and aquatic life," says Erica Maharg, Baykeeper Managing Attorney. "Baykeeper supports Oakland’s right to ban fossil fuels that are a threat to the Bay and local environment."
Background: A portion of the former Oakland Army Base is being developed as a bulk export facility, known as the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT). CCIG, the developer, promised not to include coal as a commodity handled by the terminal, but later solicited a partnership with four Utah counties that would have allowed the state to export up to 10 million tons of coal from their mines each year. A Utah funding body approved $53 million to buy space at Oakland Bulk Terminal for these exports. This deal was conducted behind the backs of the Oakland City Council and the Port, both of which oppose coal as a commodity for shipping in Oakland. Additionally, the developer promised residents that the city-owned port would be coal free.
Those who oppose the plan to export coal through Oakland have voiced concerns over how this decision will affect the community’s safety, the environment, and public health. Additionally, this deal would have stifled California’s strong commitment to cutting carbon pollution. The Oakland City Council voted in July of 2016 to ban the storage and handling of coal in Oakland. In December of 2016 developers including Phil Tagami sued the City of Oakland to overturn their ban on storage and handling of coal.
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