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L.A. to Publish City Hall Salaries Online

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In the wake of the sky high salaries scandal in the city of Bell, city of Los Angeles officials got a heads up yesterday: their salaries, along with all of their staffs, would be published online as soon as possible. "At the end of the day, we all work for the citizens of Los Angeles and it is their right to know how their tax dollars are being spent," City Controller Wendy Greuel wrote in a letter on Monday. "I've instructed my staff to work... to expeditiously create an online searchable webpage that lists the salaries of City positions as soon as possible."

Such an idea is nothing new, but hasn't been done in awhile. In 2008, the Daily News created a number of databases, including one detailing the salaries of 48,000 city workers. Another one looked into overtime pay.