The 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council have it good. As the country’s highest-paid councilmen and -women, they supplement their six-figure salaries with perks such as free city cars, free gas, huge staffs and office budgets, and parties galore. Tack on top of that a flexible work schedule – three days of council meetings, which usually have a few members absent – four weeks of recesses a year and all the usual city holidays, and it’s not a bad gig at all. The question, however, is not whether they have the best job in America, but whether they do the best job for Los Angeles. And the answer, beyond a doubt, is no. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In the private sector, employees routinely get evaluations to assess their compensation relative to their job performance. In evaluations, employers will often rank areas of job performance using numbers from 1 to 5 – with 5 as the best, and 1 as the worst – and then determine an overall score. Using that formula, we’d like to offer our evaluation of the Los Angeles City Council: Attendance: 3 Just in the first eight months of 2005, City Council members missed an average of 11 meetings each. That’s the equivalent of more than two weeks of meetings that already start late and usually end before lunch. As for promptness, even old-timers at City Hall would be hard-pressed to remember a time when a council meeting started at its appointed time of 10 a.m. Usually, it’s well past 10:30 before a quorum moseys on down to chambers. Judiciousness: 2 According to records obtained by the Daily News, City Council members and their vast staffs had collectively racked up more than $100,000 in cell-phone bills in 2006 up until the end of October. This seems like an imprudent use of city resources, and makes one wonder how else they might be wasting taxpayers’ money. Accomplishments: 2.5 In the past year, the Los Angeles City Council has succumbed to pressure from union bosses to give outrageous raises to Department of Water and Power workers and allowed the Sunshine Canyon Landfill to remain open for another year. However, the council did smack down former Mayor James Hahn’s campaign ploy of a sales-tax increase, which dropping crime figures have proved we didn’t need. While it’s tough to assess council members’ effectiveness among constituents, the crumbling condition of the streets and sidewalks in all neighborhoods indicate that members don’t score all that well, even in their districts. Based on these poor scores, Los Angeles City Council members could hardly command a $149,159-a-year salary in the real world. In fact, they’d be lucky to even pull down as much as the average worker in Los Angeles County, which is, according to 2003 figures, a small fraction of what the pols’ make: $38,715.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!