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SoCal City Officials' Paychecks Under Scrutiny Following Bell Salary Scandal

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Pasadena City Hall (Photo by el_molino12 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)


Pasadena City Hall (Photo by el_molino12 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Following the Bell City Council pay scandal that broke recently, other cities are finding that their elected officials' paychecks are under scrutiny from their constituents. In Pasadena, City Council members, most of whom work other jobs as well, earn "a flat stipend of about $16,410 a year," and the Mayor gets around $24,600, according to the Star-News.

Yesterday the council voted to "suspend their annual cost-of-living pay increases," and while that may appease the many people who have "submitted requests under the state's public records act asking for information about the compensation paid to Pasadena council members," some of the council members think they actually aren't getting paid enough for the work they do.

Many love the work, but would make more money if they focused on their other jobs, and some say that the pay rate doesn't take into account how much time they spend preparing for meetings and such.

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In the Inland Empire, a similar call for finding out what City Managers and other officials make is taking place. In many cities there, reports the Press-Enterprise, City Mangers make upwards of $100,000 a year, some over $200,000. However they are also enacting freezes like in Pasadena, or cuts:

Dave Mora, West Coast director of the International City/County Management Association, said most city managers are forgoing salary increases or reducing their salaries as employees' pay is being reduced.