Former Phoenix manager’s salary, benefits issues follow him to California

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 7.37.19 AMSANTA ANA ( — Santa Ana’s new city manager is under scrutiny for allegedly making nearly $800,000 in pay, perks and pension this year.

Residents accuse him of gaming the system.

David Cavazos is receiving a $315,000 salary, making him one of the highest-paid employees in the state. It’s the same amount he made before retiring as city manager of Phoenix, which is almost five times larger than Santa Ana.

He’s also collecting another estimated $243,000 in perks and benefits his first year in Santa Ana, including a car, moving expenses and a housing allowance.


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