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Oakland mayor says she is going to reject wage increase that exceeds minimal

(KRON) — Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao mentioned she is going to reject any wage increase that’s higher than the minimal legally required by the Oakland metropolis constitution. The Oakland Metropolis Council is about to vote on the mayor’s increase Tuesday and a proposed increase of round $75,000 yearly for the first-term mayor has raised eyebrows.

At present, Mayor Thao earns round $226,000 yearly, making her the fourth highest paid mayor within the state. The minimal mandated increase would see Thao get a pay bump of round $13,000. The mayor mentioned that if the council approves any increase above that, she would refund any quantity exceeding town chartered minimal and use it to ship companies to town.

“One among my objectives coming into workplace was to make sure that Oakland metropolis authorities lives as much as the expectations of our residents, adhering strictly to all constitution mandates, guaranteeing moral determination making, and utilizing an fairness lens when making coverage selections,” mentioned Mayor Thao in an announcement.

Mayor Thao cited a metropolis constitution mandate enacted in 1988 that states the mayoral wage set by the council shall “not be lower than 70% nor greater than 90% of the typical salaries of Metropolis Managers’/Chief Government Officers of California cities throughout the three speedy greater and the three speedy decrease cities in inhabitants to Oakland.”

In response to town, Mayor Thao’s present wage is decrease than that of metropolis managers in six California cities which are related in inhabitants dimension to Oakland.

“This 12 months, given the numerous financials challenges that the Metropolis is dealing with, I urge the Metropolis Council to set the Mayor’s wage on the lowest quantity legally required by the Metropolis Constitution,” mentioned Thao. “I need the general public to know that if the Council elects to maneuver ahead with approving a wage for the Mayor that’s higher than legally mandated, I’ll reject it and refund any quantity that exceeds the Constitution required minimal to town to ship companies to our neighborhoods.”

The Oakland Metropolis Council is scheduled to satisfy at 2 p.m. Tuesday. They’ll take up the merchandise which is listed as “Wage Ordinance Modification For Mayor” on the assembly agenda.

If Thao receives the utmost increase, it might carry her wage into the $280,000 vary. The Oakland chapter of the NAACP opposes such a increase, calling it “unwarranted” in an announcement.

Oakland Metropolis Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bass has endorsed the increase, saying the council hasn’t raised the mayor’s wage in 10 years.

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Bay Metropolis Information contributed to this report.

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