Monday, November 01, 2010

Life in "Progress" City - LA edition

Amid the worst recession in modern history, the salaries of top Los Angeles County officials have shot up 12 to 45 percent in three years and some public servants are now making more than $400,000 annually in total compensation, according to county records.

The analysis of a county salary database obtained through the California Public Records Act found 17,686 of the county's more than 100,000 employees make more than $100,000 annually in total pay.

This includes a Coroner's Office executive secretary making $113,825 and a firefighter who collected a whopping $271,498 last year.

More than 70 county employees earn more than $300,000, including six making in excess of $400,000.

"Unfortunately, this is reflective of what we are seeing across California and that is compensation levels for public employees that shocks the conscience of ordinary taxpayers," said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

"Also, it's particularly frustrating to see these double-digit increases in compensation at the same time the private sector is laying people off."


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