Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Maienschein Paid $106,270 As Homeless Commissioner
News arrived this morning via the Union-Tribune's Tom Blair that ex-San Diego city councilman Brian Maienschein is throwing a $3900-a-head fundraiser for his 77th district Assembly campaign at the La Jolla house where MTV's "Real World" was shot.
The big party, set to feature boxing champ Evander Holyfield--along with Supervisor Ron Roberts, state Sen. Joel Anderson, and congressman Darrell Issa--brings to mind the candidate's salary trajectory as a councilman and commissioner of United Way San Diego's "Plan to End Chronic Homelessness."
Maienschein picked up the United Way gig after he was termed out of his city council seat and defeated in a primary race for city attorney in 2008.
According to a January 2009 U-T feature, Maienschein denied the that the job represented a payback for favors he had done while on the council.
"I've had no connection with the United Way," he told U-T reporter Ron Powell. "I've never had any interaction with the United Way ."
(According to its website, United Way's homeless effort is co-chaired by downtown developer Dene Oliver, CEO of OliverMcMillan, Inc. and Jennifer LeSar, an ex-member of the city-run Centre City Development Corporation board, development consultant, and spouse of Democratic Assemblywoman and ex-city council member Toni Atkins.)
Father Joe Carroll, then president of St. Vincent de Paul Village, was reported by the U-T as saying Maienschein, a Republican, had "built relationships with lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington that should help in getting funding for the program."
"If he needs to get (Democratic Rep. Bob) Filner or (Democratic Rep. Susan) Davis, he can get them on the phone," Carroll told the paper.
Maienschein declined to reveal the amount of his new United Way salary, said the story, which noted that his council pay had been $75,386.
"There's a part of me that thought it would be nice to make a really good salary for a while and use some of the contacts I made and do that," Maienschein said. "But what I realized is that doing something that is more significant for the community meant more to me."
As it turns out, Maienschein hasn't done all that badly in the money department.
According to the San Diego United Way's most recent IRS return, filed in January of this year and covering the period betweeen July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, United Way paid the former councilman $101,099 in salary, plus $5,171 in estimated "other compensation," for a total of $106,270.
That made Maienschein the United Way's second highest-compensated employee, behind president and CEO Douglas Sawyer, with a total of $190,620.
James Buscher, vice president for resource development, was third with $103,923.
Karen Sprigle, vice president and chief administrative officer of the charity, made $96,709.