Tuesday morning report, Feb. 23

Five things to know this Tuesday morning:

1.) The City Council appears to have reached agreements on new contracts with the police chief, city managercity clerk, city attorney, and police department administration.

Council members will vote to ratify the agreements tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Police chief Carl Charles will receive a cost-of-living adjustment to his salary: 3% retroactive to June 22, 2015, and 2% effective June 20, 2016. His salary (effective June 20) will range from $15,242 to $18,595 monthly. 

City manager Gilbert Livas receives a new base salary of $252,779, retroactive to Dec. 31, 2015. His previous contract included a clause that he be paid at least 10% more than the next highest-paid city employee, but that figure has been reduced to 5%.

Livas's severance package includes 12 months of full pay if removed from his position.

City clerk Adria Jimenez will earn a base salary of $117,348. She would also receive six months severance pay if she's ever removed as city clerk. 

City attorney Yvette Abich-Garcia will earn $195,737 annually. Her severance package would entitle her to nine months pay if the council removes her as city attorney. 

The Downey Police Officers Management Association -- which represents two captains and six lieutenants -- negotiated 3% pay raises retroactive to June 22, 2015, and a 2% raise effective June 20, 2016. 

The city also agreed to increase its medical opt-out rates (in lieu of city-paid medical coverage); increased its educated incentive pay by 1%; and raised its bilingual pay from $46.15 to $70 per pay period. 


2.) An L.A. County civil grand jury issued a report chastising local cities for inadequately preparing for El Nino. Here is Downey's response

The report notes that Downey's homeless population stands at about 180, with 165 of those being unsheltered. 


3.) Mention "Miss Downey" or "Downey Rose Float" at Pina Pizza today, and a portion of your check will be donated to the Downey Rose Float Association.


4.) I posted last week that a Facebook page was taking wagers on when street repairs on Firestone Boulevard would be complete. 

According to public works director Mohammed Mostahkami, construction on Firestone east of Lakewood purposely stalled during the holidays so as to not negatively impact Stonewood Center. The goal now is to finish the work by the end of April. 

"Hopefully sooner, weather permitting," he said.


5.) According to Golden State Water Company, which provided the above graphic, the Downey area failed to reach its water-use reduction goals for January.