Money, honey

Jesus Armas isn’t the only soon-to-be ex-Hayward city manager in the news.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen, political editor at the Contra Costa Times, the Review’s sister paper, reported Sunday that Don Blubaugh last week landed the Martinez city manager’s job.

Blubaugh signed on in Hayward in 1979 at a salary of $52,000 a year. When he left nine years later, Walnut Creek agreed to pay him the same $93,600 annual salary he had earned in Hayward. Blubaugh said “so long” to Walnut Creek in 2002, when his yearly salary was $218,000. In Martinez, he will earn $260,000 a year, managing a city of about 40,000 population.

Now 64, Blubaugh apparently couldn’t face retirement because he subsequently launched a consulting firm, led a regional government project, and served as interim city manager in Orinda, Oakley and Martinez, Vorderbrueggen noted.

Good government pay doesn’t hurt, either.

Armas is leaving Hayward, with a population of more than 140,000, and his $180,000 yearly salary.