The City of Paramount is strongly committed to maintaining the highest level of public transparency.
The City practices fiscal responsibility with our resources and provides exceptional service for our residents and business community. The Transparency is Paramount page is designed to improve your access to information and your knowledge for enhanced public discussion. We welcome any comments.
The governing body for the City of Paramount consists of five residents, elected at large. Each year, the elected Councilmembers elect one member to serve as Mayor and another member to serve as Vice Mayor. Each member of the Council serves a four-year term of office. To learn more about the Paramount City Council, click here.
Peggy Lemons, Mayor
Peggy Lemons has been a member of the Paramount City Council since 1997. She is currently serving her sixth term as the City’s Mayor.
Brenda Olmos, Vice Mayor
Born and raised in Paramount, Brenda Olmos was appointed to the City Council in July 2019 to fill an unscheduled vacancy and was subsequently elected to serve on the City Council in March 2020. She is currently serving her first term as the City’s Vice Mayor.
Isabel Aguayo, Councilmember
A lifelong Paramount resident whose extended family has lived in the City for more than four decades, Isabel Aguayo was elected to the Paramount City Council in March 2020.
Laurie Guillen, Councilmember
Laurie Guillen was elected to the Paramount City Council in 2017. She is a lifelong resident of the City, attended school in the Paramount Unified School District, graduated from Paramount High in 1983, and went on to study at Cerritos College and California State University, Fullerton. She has raised three children in her hometown – a doctor, a lawyer, and a deputy Sheriff.
Vilma Cuellar Stallings, Councilmember
Vilma Cuellar Stallings grew up in Paramount and graduated from Paramount High School. She has served a combined seven years on the City’s Public Safety and Parks & Recreation commissions, and was elected to the Paramount City Council in March 2020.
Upon the seating of new Councilmembers after the general municipal election in March 2007, Councilmember salaries shall be $1,061.33 per month.
To assist the Council in reviewing matters of importance, the Council appoints members to one of the five Commissions comprised of five members. Commissioners do not receive compensation for meetings they do not attend.
In compliance with the requirements of Government Code Section 54972 (Maddy Act), the following is a list of all appointive offices, terms, and qualifications for City of Paramount Commissions. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, and serve at the will and pleasure of the City Council.
Meetings Agendas & Minutes
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively. If you cannot make it to a Paramount City Council meeting but would like to share your thoughts during the Public Comments period, you can mail or drop off a written statement at City Hall or email it to the City before the night of the meeting. City Hall is located at 16400 Colorado Ave., Paramount, CA 90732. If you have any problems opening a file, please call (562) 220-2027 or email.
To access agendas & minutes, click here.
The purpose of this policy is to establish Rules of Decorum and Procedures for City officials, City staff, and members of the public at all meetings of the City Council to ensure that the business of the City is attended to thoroughly and efficiently with opportunities for orderly public participation.
Members of the public may address the City Council during the Public Comment Period(s) about those matters that are not on the agenda or prior to the consideration of any agenda item. Any person wishing to speak, whether during the Public Comment Period or on an agenda item, is required to complete a “Speaker's/Comments Card” and submit the form to the City Manager prior to the Presiding Officer calling for the Public Comments period on the agenda. Speaker requests submitted after the calling for the Public Comments period on the agenda will not be considered. A person who speaks on an item during Public Comments may not make the same comment again at the time the agenda item is heard. All those speaking shall do so from the podium.
NOTE: The "Speaker's/Comments Card" is intended to assist the Mayor/Chair/Staff in ensuring that all persons wishing to make a statement are recognized and to ensure correct spelling of names in the official minutes of the meeting. Cards should be handed to a staff member or placed on the staff table in the front of the room. Your name will be called when the item/subject you have noted on this card is considered. Persons are limited to a maximum of 3 MINUTES unless an extension of time is granted.
The budget is prepared under the direction of the City Manager by the Finance Department. In early spring of each year, operating departments are directed to submit budgetary requests to the Finance Department for verification and compilation. While expenditure requests are being prepared, projections of revenues for the year are developed. The requests and projections are presented to the City Manager. The City Manager reviews the expenditure requests and revenue projections, makes necessary deletions and additions, and recommends a budget to the City Council. The preparation of this budget is made possible by the efforts of the Finance staff.
CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) includes the combined transactions and financial position of all funds of the City of Paramount, including its blended component units for which the City Council is also the governing body:
- Paramount Housing Authority
- Paramount Parking Authority
- Paramount Industrial Development Authority
- Paramount Public Financing Authority
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to be the chief administrative officer of the City's day-to-day operations. The City Manager provides for the overall planning and implementation of City programs in compliance with City Council policies and the Municipal Code.
The City Manager effectuates the policies and directives of the City Council and supervises and coordinates the activities, including staff, of the various City departments. In conjunction with City Staff, the City Manager identifies keys issues within the City and recommends solutions to the City Council. Additional duties include public relations responsibilities, administration of legislative matters, and maintenance of the fiscal status of the City. The City Manager cooperates with State and other local governmental entities in the pursuit of common goals.
To learn more about the City Manager, click here.
At the January 8, 2019 City Council meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to amend the City Manager's Employment Agreement. The City Council directed that a formal amendment to the Agreement be brought back for ratification, which was done in February, 2019.
The State Controller's Government Compensation in California website provides information on employee pay and benefits for approximately two million positions at more than 5,000 public employers. Public employers annually report employee compensation to the State Controller's Office. Viewers can search employee job titles, build charts and graphics, and download custom reports and raw data.
To view City of Paramount employee salaries, click here.
A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Paramount, approving and adopting the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Annual Municipal Operating and Capital Improvement Budget, assigning the FY 2020 deficit if applicable, amending the authorized position listing and salary schedule for City Employees, and authorizing the City Manager to administer said budget and make such changes as may be necessary during the fiscal year to maintain standards and levels of services and achieve the intent of the City Council in providing municipal services for FY 2021
Transparent California uses uniform pay categories to mirror the categories used by the reporting agencies as much as possible.
For instance, the “Overtime pay” column reflects the values reported under "Overtime pay" by the respective agency. The "Regular Pay" column is the amount reported under either "Base pay" or "Total regular pay."
While some agencies report many additional forms of pay separately, the vast majority only provide two additional forms of pay categories: "Other pay" and "Lump sum pay." Transparent California's "Other pay" category is the sum of these two categories. "Lump sum pay" is one-time payments such as payouts for unused vacation and sick leave. "Other Pay" includes all forms of pay not reported in the previous categories and may include, among other things, car allowances, meeting stipends, longevity pay, incentive pay, and bonus pay.
"Total benefits" consists of the employer-paid cost of health, dental and vision medical insurance and retirement contributions only. The cost of benefits do not reflect monetary payments received by the employee but, instead, reflect the cost incurred by taxpayers associated with employer-provided health and retirement benefits.
The total cost of the employee will be higher than the values reported here as there are associated costs, such as workman's compensation, state unemployment insurance, Medicare and Social Security, that we do not report as employee compensation.
The "Total pay & benefits" column under reports the total compensation of government employees whose government employer did not provided complete salary or benefit information.
For pensions, all values reflect the actual monetary value of benefits received during the respective year reported.
Air is essential to life. The quality of the air around us can affect our day-to-day experiences and our relationships: if not well-maintained, overall quality of life seems to deteriorate. Moreover, the environment can also be adversely affected, leading to ecological damage alongside long-term health concerns. Good air quality is fundamental to well-being of both the community and the planet.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has undertaken unprecedented, extensive efforts to identify and reduce sources of hexavalent chromium in the City of Paramount. This report summarizes the significant progress made and provides highlights of monitoring, enforcement, rule development, public outreach, and coordination efforts.
Summary of Efforts in Paramount report, December 2017
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has placed monitors around various points in the City of Paramount.
The Paramount Environmental Portal is provided by the City of Paramount, offering facts and information to residents and businesses about our City’s environment. The site focuses the areas of air, water, and soil. Paramount seeks a balance of residential, commercial, and industrial opportunities; however, in all cases, a clean and safe environment must come first.
Public Records Act Request Policy -- Access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this State. Records of the County of Los Angeles that are not exempt from disclosure are available for inspection and copying in accordance with the California Public Records Act upon a request that reasonably describes an identifiable record or records. (Los Angeles County Code § 2.170.010(a).)
The California Public Records Act is found in the California Government Code, beginning at Section 6250. Records subject to inspection and copying include any writings, meaning any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, and every other means of recording upon any form of communication or representation, including information available in an electronic format. (See, Government Code § 6252(f) and 6253.9.)
- Records requests for birth, death, marriage, real estate, UCC Financing Statements, fictitious business names, and military discharge.
- Records requests for election information including but not limited to voter registration information, voter turnout, election statistics/reports, precinct maps, etc.
- Divorce records.
- Housing and commercial building blueprints.
- Elementary, high school, and college transcripts.
The City Clerk’s office will handle all public records requests in accordance with the requirements of State law.
Click Here to make a public records request.