El Monte council slashes Bobadilla's ...

El Monte council slashes Bobadilla's raise in face of criticism

There are 16 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Mar 30, 2011, titled El Monte council slashes Bobadilla's raise in face of criticism. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

After taking a second look at the economic climate, the City Council Tuesday chopped a $45,000 raise given to City Manager Rene Bobadilla only two weeks ago.

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Bob

United States

#1 Apr 1, 2011
The mayor, as usual continues to be the master of inane comments.

But such is to be expected of "An Empty Suit."
SAD

West Covina, CA

#2 Apr 3, 2011
It absolutely amazes me how ignorant politician and new and old city managers are! You would think Rene was smart enough to understand the backlash he would get with a raise. Coming from a low income family himself. I guess when you more than double your salary in a matter of 2 years you forget where you came from. I guess you lose touch with your true friends and family when you no longer communicate with them.

Rene I really believed you were the right person for the job. But I can see money does change a person.

SAD
CaliforniaUberAl l

United States

#3 Apr 4, 2011
A $500,010.00 education.
Barney 5

Riverside, CA

#4 Apr 4, 2011
Bobadilla is only crying because he wasnt the one getting the raise
Gary

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Apr 4, 2011
What in God's name prompted Emily and Pat to vote for
this pay raise and then turn right around and cut it in half? Isn't this an election year?

Aren't these two ladies (who are now running together) going to be attacked for this ridiculous pay raise at a time when we city employees took a 5%
pay cut?

Of course they will and you can bet your bottom dollar on that!

Good bye, Councilwomen, you both committed
hari kiri (seppuku; an auto de fe.
Mary

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Apr 6, 2011
So glad to hear that the El Monte City Council was receptive to criticism and reconsidered their decision on Mr. Bobadilla's raise. If you have some time, and are curious about Mr. Bobadilla's administration, please take a look at the organization chart on the El Monte website (under the government heading), you'll notice that almost everyone in upper management is Hispanic. While I realize that the majority of El Monte residents are Hispanic (there's also a growing Asian minority as well as Caucasians that have resided in El Monte for many years), the fact that the city administration is not more reflective of the rest of the population is a bit concerning. I am a proponent of Affirmative Action, but I also think that skills, experiences, as well as race should be considered, especially when we are entrusting these professionals to run the city. These are tough times and we need the best and brightest.
Concerned Citizen

Pasadena, CA

#7 Apr 6, 2011
I agree with Mary. The City needs the best and the brightest, not just the City Manager's buddies and romantic interests.
Claudio

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Apr 8, 2011
Mary wrote:
So glad to hear that the El Monte City Council was receptive to criticism and reconsidered their decision on Mr. Bobadilla's raise. If you have some time, and are curious about Mr. Bobadilla's administration, please take a look at the organization chart on the El Monte website (under the government heading), you'll notice that almost everyone in upper management is Hispanic. While I realize that the majority of El Monte residents are Hispanic (there's also a growing Asian minority as well as Caucasians that have resided in El Monte for many years), the fact that the city administration is not more reflective of the rest of the population is a bit concerning. I am a proponent of Affirmative Action, but I also think that skills, experiences, as well as race should be considered, especially when we are entrusting these professionals to run the city. These are tough times and we need the best and brightest.
Affirmative action? Discriminatory in its design and implementation. What ever happened to competition for jobs based on talent, preparation, exp3erience?

Affirmative action does nothing but reward the uneducated, unmotivated, who believe they deserve the job because of discrimination that ended 50 years ago.
Che

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Apr 8, 2011
Mary wrote:
So glad to hear that the El Monte City Council was receptive to criticism and reconsidered their decision on Mr. Bobadilla's raise. If you have some time, and are curious about Mr. Bobadilla's administration, please take a look at the organization chart on the El Monte website (under the government heading), you'll notice that almost everyone in upper management is Hispanic. While I realize that the majority of El Monte residents are Hispanic (there's also a growing Asian minority as well as Caucasians that have resided in El Monte for many years), the fact that the city administration is not more reflective of the rest of the population is a bit concerning. I am a proponent of Affirmative Action, but I also think that skills, experiences, as well as race should be considered, especially when we are entrusting these professionals to run the city. These are tough times and we need the best and brightest.
Mary,

How do you determine these people are Hispanic? Last names are just not enough. I know many people with "Hispanic" last names that are of mixed ethnicity.

One gal I know speak perfect Spanish and Korean, having been born in Cuba. She, of course, does not need to plea for "affirmative action." She is simply talented and qualified and able to stand on her own against anyone.

Hispanic is so useless a term, especially when so many of these "Hispanics" speak broken Spanish, or Spanglish at best. Besides, so many choose to live in "white" communities and marry
white ladies or guys or Asian or Black ladies or guys.

So many moan and cry that their parents did not teach them the language.

Why don't they set aside the time and invest the energy to learn to speak good quality Spanish?
Mary

Pasadena, CA

#10 Apr 12, 2011
Claudio wrote:
<quoted text>
Affirmative action? Discriminatory in its design and implementation. What ever happened to competition for jobs based on talent, preparation, exp3erience?
Affirmative action does nothing but reward the uneducated, unmotivated, who believe they deserve the job because of discrimination that ended 50 years ago.
Yes, I agree with your first statement - talent, preparation, experience, education - all these things are important as well. You should consider reading the statement thoroughly before relying on knee-jerk reactions.
Mary

Pasadena, CA

#11 Apr 12, 2011
Che wrote:
<quoted text>
Mary,
How do you determine these people are Hispanic? Last names are just not enough. I know many people with "Hispanic" last names that are of mixed ethnicity.
One gal I know speak perfect Spanish and Korean, having been born in Cuba. She, of course, does not need to plea for "affirmative action." She is simply talented and qualified and able to stand on her own against anyone.
Hispanic is so useless a term, especially when so many of these "Hispanics" speak broken Spanish, or Spanglish at best. Besides, so many choose to live in "white" communities and marry
white ladies or guys or Asian or Black ladies or guys.
So many moan and cry that their parents did not teach them the language.
Why don't they set aside the time and invest the energy to learn to speak good quality Spanish?
Che,

There are exceptions to every rule, and you point this out with your mixed race friend from Cuba. I also have many mixed-race friends myself. This is the beauty of globalization, and one of the best things about living in the Los Angeles area.

As for the actual issue, and your question about how I came to my determination of the city administration - aside from their names, I've seen some of them, I've googled some of them, and I've attended some public meetings where they've presented. Now, it is true, I didn't do a genealogical project on everyone, but I think my initial statement that many of El Monte's city administrators are of Hispanic origin,(and this became the case more so after Rene Bobadilla came on board), remains factual. And I have good intelligence that there's a good deal of cronyism in place at city hall.

Although, I have to say, I'm very pleased that our Mayor, Andre Quintero, 1)voted against Rene's raise and 2)questioned the policy of health care payoffs for city council members. I'm with Andre on this.
Ralph

United States

#12 Apr 12, 2011
But you failed to mention that Andre promoted the outrageous sales tax of 10.25% until it was passed.

He has yet to undo the damage he did to two El Monteans, who he accused of stealing one of his pro-tax signs.

Oh, well, anything to climb to the stars!

He's now doing an about face about WalMart.
He will now take that chain store to his bosom...if it means votes for him.

By the way, where does he shop? I have never seen him in any store in El Monte, but expect to see him soon since election days are almost upon us.

As for Art? Why doesn't he just give it up?

Much of the present mess we have is his legacy.

Hopefully, someone fresh and untainted will run.

Maybe Mary Ann Powers--go gal!
Cuckoos in El Monte

Kapolei, HI

#13 Jun 3, 2012
Mary Ann Powers, you are definitely one of them! CUCKOO!!!!!!!!! You're rantings at council meetings are hilarious and nothing more. Get lost. Go live in another city you ugly republican
citizen

El Monte, CA

#14 Jun 6, 2012
I am a proponent of Affirmative Action, but I also think that skills, experiences, as well as race should be considered, especially when we are entrusting these professionals to run the city. These are tough times and we need the best and brightest.

I wholeheartedly believe we need the best and brightest people to run our city council with the skills, experience,and necessary demenor to face any kind of backlash they will recieve whether critical or in good taste. On the other hand i also believe as an American citizen that anyone with these skills should be allowed to run or be voted for regardless of race,sex,religion etc.Statements like"race should be considered" and "we need the best and the brightest" carry a prejudicial undertone that will only undermine the point your trying to get across.Regardless of race our city needs people who are for the city of El monte.Those who want to see a change that will benefit not hinder us.
Henry TheBoracho

Van Nuys, CA

#15 Aug 8, 2012
Attention MaryAnn Powers: STOP insane SCREAMING your rantings at the podium at council meetings. You look and act like an angry FOOL. You are annoying as fuck you ugly old racist hag!

Attention Howard Ownens: Stop going to the podium to speak your boring, nonsense at City Council Mtgs. You waste 3 minutes of everyone's time. If you want a WalMart, take your WalMart t-shirt and go live in Baldin park. If you want and In-N-Out burger, take your t-shirt and go live in Baldwin Park. Better yet, go live in Glendora.. they have both on the same street with you.

Attention Jane Myring: Check into Ramona Care Center already you old racist HAG. You shouldn't even be DRIVING!
Henry TheBoracho

Van Nuys, CA

#16 Aug 8, 2012
You ugly old racist hags want to see El Monte back to the white 1950's and it aint gonna happen. GTFO.

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