Nearly 200 Los Angeles County employees earned more than a quarter of a million dollars in 2009, according to a list of the county’s top earners released late Monday in response to a public records act request from The Times.
Many of the 199 workers named on the list included physicians, county firefighters and a handful of top sheriff’s employees, as well as well-known county leaders such as Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley ($345,587) and Sheriff Lee Baca ($325,664). Both Cooley and Baca earned a substantial amount of compensation listed as "other earnings," in Cooley's case about $53,000 and nearly $47,000 for Baca.
The Times requested the base salary, overtime and “other earnings” for county employees whose total annual earnings exceeded $250,000. “Other earnings” can include bonuses for special skills or responsibilities or unused money for benefits that can be cashed out as taxable income, among other things. County officials were not immediately able to detail what type of additional payments went to Cooley and Baca.
No. 5 on the list was the county’s chief executive, William T Fujioka, who made $403,140 in 2009. Four physicians earned more: Elaine Yang, a senior physician at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center ($430,909); Christine Holschneider, a chief physician at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center ($423,533); Gail Anderson Jr., a medical director at Harbor-UCLA ($421,648); and John McDonald, a chief physician at Harbor-UCLA ($413,807).
Ninety-nine of the 199 employees made overtime. Seventy-one of them made more than $10,000 in overtime in 2009.
Looting the municipal treasury?
Now that's "progressive"!