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L.A. city employee salaries posted online

Responding to the salary scandal in Bell, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel announced Friday that the annual salaries of every L.A. city employee are now posted online.

Greuel said the database covers each employee in city government -- such as her own ($199,600) or a vocational worker I in the General Services Department ($27,582).

"The public’s trust has been broken as a result of the recent scandal in Bell," Greuel said. "This is an important step to provide greater transparency and openness in how taxpayer dollars are spent."

She said Los Angeles is now the largest city to post a comprehensive list of city employee salaries.

The database does not list employees by name, only position, and does not include the Department of Water and Power.

Since May, a private website – lasalaries.com -- has listed the salaries and names of employees working for the city of Los Angeles. It also has salary information for the cities of San Diego, Escondido and San Marcos.

The private site also doesn't list salaries for the DWP.

The Times found last month that the Bell city manager received a yearly salary of $787,000, almost twice that of the president of the United States.

-- Sam Quinones

Comments () | Archives (14)

What has happened to trust? I guess it has flown out of the window. We can thank Obama for transparency. I would like to know where all the money went in Iraq Remember Halliburton? Every year or fiscal year the salaries of elected officials should be reported in newspapers all over the country. Americans should insist on it. There is so much fraud especially in health like medicare. Our elected officials local and federal should be noted and I think this report in Bell will reveal lots of this going on. Do you, where you live know what your Mayor, city manager, deputy sheriff and all elected officials salaries are. We should know this.

There's something really wrong with the salary figures - first, Greuel's website is crashing because so many people are trying to find out how much we're paying these civil servants, and second, the figures on the other website are wrong; they only show basic salaries not salaries with benefits. When City Attorney Carmen Trutanich asked the council to allow him to hire a bunch of special assistants, their salaries were all around the $160k to $190k level, but you won't find any figures like that being shown. What's up with that? LA Times, do your job. How many city workers make over $100k a year? How many make over $15ok a year? It's a disgrace.

30,000 L.A city employees and they are all exempt from social security(FICA) taxes..they don't pay the same taxes you do....they pocket social security taxes

Pays well to work for the City of LA!

Andy levinson, They don't pay social security taxes because they aren't eligible for social security.

Oh! We really should list the salaries of the DWP. I hear some are outrageous!

To be accurate they need to show fringe benefits (retirement, healthcare, perks, etc.) My guess it will be over 30 percent plus the freebies like cell phones, cars, gas, and whatever else they manage to arrange.

I'm actually really glad that they're posting the salaries. Maybe this will dispel the myth that all 30,000 of us LA city employees make tons of money.

Kind of odd the DWP isn't listed. I wonder if that means there's some financial skeletons in the closet there (given their history) or if there's some other reason for it.

I'm in that list..OMG..I need to get a better job, like maybe in Bell or something like that.

LA taxpayers need to demand DWP report employee salaries, which we all know are sky high. Just look at the money that was spent on their main office... a fortune. That fortune came from our pockets.

They should disclose DWP so that all tax payers can see where their money is going. It's our money. It's accountability and verifiability to the people who are
paying the bills. We could ask anything we want and they should provide promptly otherwise explain why they can't.

I want to see the DWP salaries posted online just as much as anyone. A municipal business entity like the DWP shouldn't have the political capital to be exempt from the reporting of its salaries. That said, those of you who keep clamoring to know about those salaries based on the premise that it's "our money" need to understand government better. DWP runs on RATEPAYER money, not taxpayer money. The employees at LADWP are technically city employees, but their salaries get paid through the money it collects from its provision of electricity and water, so it's not quite the same thing as City Hall employees or like the City of Bell. If you're going to criticize government, at least do yourself the favor of getting educated on it.

Interesting...the site has removed individual names from some job types (e.g., police). I think that's a good thing. Privacy matters in the age of the internet.


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