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Lockyer calls for annual reports on public officials' pay

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who sits on the board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, unveiled a proposal Wednesday for the board to produce an annual public report comparing salaries of local officials throughout the state. The report would list the 100 top paid public employees.

The pension board is under fire because it failed to take action four years ago after learning about the runaway salaries of Bell city officials.

Lockyer’s plan also calls for the staff at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to inform the board of any excessive salary increases awarded public employees and to implement new procedures to ensure such salary hikes do not slip by the pension fund unnoticed.

The proposal will be considered by the board in the coming weeks.

“The Bell fiasco shows that when a few greedy public officials are allowed to operate outside the public view, they can turn taxpayers into their personal ATMs,” Lockyer said. “These recommendations have a simple goal: to help ensure taxpayers know how much they’re paying the folks who work for them, and how those payments affect their obligation to fund retirement benefits.”

-- Evan Halper in Sacramento

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I would say quarterly, not yearly.

Without any context, listing 100 people and their salaries seems like it just invites harassment for those 100 people without solving anything. There are people who work in public service for decades and, accordingly, they get legitimate raises over time. How to separate sweetheart deals from hardworking Californians? It seems like there has to be a better way to make government accountable - which it should be - without ruining people's lives.

We, the tax payers are paying their salaries so, we have the right to know which public servant is getting how much. If this is something they cannot handle, find another job.


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