By Robert Haugh
On tonight’s agenda, the Santa Clara City Council is likely to approve a major salary increase for a new City Attorney.
Former Chula Vista City Attorney Glen Googins is being offered $114,000 more than his previous job to work in the Mission City.
That’s also more than former City Attorney Brian Doyle made.
Doyle wrote to Santa Clara News Online to correct some misinformation that’s been reported on other websites.
“There seems to be a lot of controversy about what my salary was vis-a-vis the salary of the recently appointed city attorney. My salary was $332,796 as stated in the current schedule.
The new City Attorney’s salary as proposed for the 1/31/23 agenda is $345,000. It is an increase of approximately $12K per annum.
The figures that are published in the Transparency (California) website are not apples to apples because they reflect a partial year of salary plus a payout of accrued vacation pay which is not an accurate figure for the annual rate of pay.”
Doyle was fired by the 49er Five without cause at the urging of the team.
Doyle’s firing was an issue that the Civil Grand Jury raised to show the team’s influence on the candidates they supported with millions of dollars.
Googins’ new salary is also being used by some Santa Clara community leaders to show how the 49er Five are fiscally irresponsible and hypocritical.
None of the 49er Five would comment on this story when asked last week.
Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team without reporting them and received $1 million each for their elections in November 2022.