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Vernon, Bell's Neighbor, Also Has Sky High Salaries

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What's up southeastern L.A. County? First there was Bell, which was paying its part time city council about $100,000 a year and it's city manager nearly $800,000, which added to his total compensation of $1.5 million a year. The L.A. Times broke that story and now they've found sketchy salaries in neighboring Vernon.

Eric T. Fresch double dipped as the city's top administrator and as a city attorney, earning $1.64 million in 2008 and $1.2 last year. So far this year, he's earned $643,000 only as "outside legal counsel." Another official, Donal O'Callaghan, was paid $785,000 last year to do both city administrator duties and power utility management.

And that's not it. The former city attorney earned $800,000 last year and $1.04 million the year before. The City Treasurer/Finance Director earned $570,000 in 2009. City Councilmembers receive $68,052 a year, which is one of the highest in L.A. County.