OC Line: Santa Ana splurges on new city manager

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David Cavazos, the new city manager of Santa Ana.

David Cavazos, the new city manager of Santa Ana.

There’s a new city manager in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. David Cavazos, formerly city manager of Phoneix, starts his new post in October. And he doesn’t come cheap.

Cavazos will earn a salary and benefits package of more than half-a-million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid city employees in California, and the second-highest-paid city manager in the state.

Santa Ana officials are defending the move, claiming Cavazos will improve the city’s governance and image and is worth every dollar. But some residents wonder if that money could be better spent elsewhere.

Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly, joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis for our weekly Orange County Line segment.