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Outrageous Salaries Of LA City ‘Workers’

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Controller Wendy Greuel posts salaries of all LA city workers

08/06/2010

As promised earlier this week, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel on Friday posted the salaries of nearly all city workers by job category on the Internet.

The move was prompted by public outrage over the exorbitant salaries paid to former city officials in Bell, where the city manager earned $787,637 and the police chief made $457,000.

News of the high salaries has sparked a growing interest among taxpayers to see what their own city employees earn.

"The public’s trust has been broken as a result of the scandal in Bell," Greuel said. "This is an important step to provide greater transparency."

The list does not include workers at the Department of Water and Power or the Community Redevelopment Agency because Greuel does not issue those paychecks. Greuel urged those departments to post their salaries.

For some reason the DWP is exempt from California’s ‘Open Records Act.’

Greuel said some future adjustments will need to be made to reflect the impact of furloughs on salaries.

The full list is a mind-numbing 547 pages. You can read it here (a pdf file). But have your digitalis close at hand.

Our favorite, among many, was the line NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT GEN MGR NEIBRHD EMPWMNT 154,512.00. We also enjoyed the City Ethics Staff:

CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF EXEC OFCR CITY ETH COMM 165,390.48
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER III 144,406.08
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER III 144,406.08
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER III 144,406.08
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER III 144,406.08
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER II 119,287.44
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER II 119,287.44
CITY ETHICS COMM/STAFF ETHICS OFFICER I 96,194.16

Mind you, this is just a list of base salaries, without pension and retirement benefits or any overtime or bonuses figured in.

In addition to this list, the LA Daily News has also posted a listing of the highest-paid Los Angeles city and county department heads:

$326,855 Gina Marie Lindsey, LAWA/LAX

$307,290 Charlie Beck, LAPD

$300,964 Geraldine Knatz, Harbor

$260,000 Millage Peaks, LAFD

$256,803 Gerry Miller, chief legislative analyst

$256,803 Miguel Santana, city administrative officer

$241,122 Randi Levin, information technology

$231,535 Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor*

$229,074 Jon Mukri, Recreation & Parks

$228,970 Gary Moore, city engineer

$224,167 Michael Perez, fire/police pensions

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

$338,458 Bill Fujioka, CEO

$309,494 Jonathan Fielding, public health

$297,859 Steve Cooley, district attorney

$295,000 Andrea S. Ordin, county counsel

$281,183 Lee Baca, sheriff

$281,036 P. Michael Freeman, fire

$276,980 John A. Clarke, Superior Court exec. clerk

$276,912 Lakshmanan Satyavageswaran, coroner

$247,149 Darline Robles, school superintendent

$230,000 Gail Farber, public works

This is not what the kids today like to call “sustainable.”

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