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L.A. city employee salaries posted online

August 6, 2010 | 12:58 pm

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

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