L.A. Weekly is reporting Villaraigosa Has The Biggest, Most-Expensive Mayor’s Office In Decades

Villaraigosa’s City Hall operations spend nearly $8 million a year — $1.8 million more than predecessor Jim Hahn, and $1.4 million more than Mayor Richard Riordan before him.

Villaraigosa’s operations employ 12 deputy mayors (who have one assistant each), 10 financial advisers, eight communication advisers, seven energy-and-environment advisers, six transportation advisers and three international-trade advisers. The biggest divisions inside the office include neighborhood community services, with 25 employees, executive services, with 23, and legislative and intergovernmental relations, with 19.

(So if you can’t get a local pothole filled because no one at the mayor’s office is responding, you should be consoled by the fact that Villaraigosa has eight people working on “communications”).

Villaraigosa notes the 10 percent reduction this fiscal year for his office’s budget, and he says he’s taken a 16 percent salary cut (his pay is $232,425) in the last two years. “We must all make the same sacrifices,” he said.

Pray tell what sacrifice has Villaraigosa made?

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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