For over a month I have been receiving emails that Brenda Barnette is already on the City payroll, or will be back-paid once starting to her June 17, 2010 appointment date despite Barnette's declaration she is not yet on the City payroll.
The people passing these rumors cite the Mayor's appointment letter stating her appointment was effective June 17, and that her salary review was waived by the EERC as proof she is on the payroll as of today or will receive pay from June 17 at some point.
My response to their speculation was that the document only pointed to her time of appointment, not when she actually started and was on the payroll. They refused to accept my argument and held tenaciously to the notion that Barnette is paid as of now.
To settle the issue, I called the City Administrative Office and was eventually connected to Susan Ozawa, who is an analyst in the Employee Relations section of the City Administrative Office. Ms. Ozawa's phone is: 213 978-7637.
She told me the appointment date has nothing to do with when an employee actually starts receiving money.
Ms. Ozawa stated that Kathy Davis is still functioning as Acting GM until August 15, 2010, when Brenda Barnette begins her employment at LAAS.