After finally getting a response from City Hall and receiving 26 pages of documents related to the Quiksilver Pro, I talked about how much the City netted here. (Hint: Less than they originally told you)
When City Manger Theofan said that the City made “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” what he was really referring to was the fees the City charged Quiksilver for police, fire, sanitation, beach maintenance, lifeguards, and street maintenance. The total for these fees were pegged at $124,924. This was a projected estimate the City made for Quiksilver and required that they prepaid. Quiksilver delivered the check to the City on September 2nd. Again, this check for $124,924 is not profit for the City, but simply an offset for services rendered.
The breakdown on the fees the City charged are interesting in that they conclude maintaining a few block area in Long Beach during a large event for 9 days (two weekends and five weekdays) costs $125,000. The vast majority of these fees – 63% – went directly to fund the LBPD’s manpower.
The base overtime rates were as follows: Lt – 114/hr, D/Sgt -$109/hr, Sgt – $99/hr, Det $96/hr, PO $81/hr.
It’s certainly interesting that all police required for the event were by default, considered overtime. Further to spell out what the above rates means, they should refer to the cost of having that cop on site per hour. That would include his pay (with benefits), and everything else that goes into what it takes to supply an officer. It shouldn’t strictly translate into how much each officer brings home at the end of the day, but does explain how expensive it is to keep a police force running.
What also is odd is how the money went around per day. On Labor Day, Monday September 5th, the City charged $13,378 for 142 hours, but then the next Sunday they charged only $5,040 for 60 hours to control the same stretch of beach. Obviously one was a holiday the other wasn’t – but they could both be called “weekends.” What the City was billing for was strictly additional manpower to support the event. Remember these were projected costs before the event, and did not take into account what days the competition would be occurring. The billed overtime hours are shocking in how variable they were planned to be, with only the weekdays consistent around $6,5000 per day for 78 hours..
We also received some 8 pages of insurance info that is pretty standard and boring. All that’s really here is the City required Quiksilver to have a big insurance policy, and Quiksilver followed up and did that.
These documents leave a lot of questions unanswered. Specifically, a $100,000 bond was required to be put up by Quiksilver to cover any additional fees incurred by the City. There is no documentation whether the projected 125,000k was too much, too little, or just right. With this many “estimates” and “guesses” I find it extremely unlikely that the City got it just right (which would be an incredible achievement by anyone), and I’m curious if the City had to give money back or was required to bill for additional fees.
There is also the mystery of the third check. This check for $3,984 was dated August 26th – two days before Irene hit – and includes no explanation as to what it is for.
Update: The Herald has confirmed this check is for a generator permit
Residents requested all documents related to the Quiksilver Pro. These 26 pages are all we got. From them we can conclude only two things. The City netted about $27k from the event, and charged Quiksilver 125K to support the event through City services.
Below I’ve posted the remainder of the 26 pages we received from City Hall, the rest of the docs are here