Request for salary bonus figures for Burbank city employees called 'illogical' [Updated]
Burbank city attorneys are calling arguments in a request by the local newspaper, the Burbank Leader, to obtain information on individual public employees' bonuses "specious" and "illogical," according to court documents.
Burbank Senior Assistant City Atty. Juli Scott went on to say in a response to a lawsuit filed by the Leader that releasing the information was tantamount to revealing private performance evaluations that would hurt workplace morale.
The Leader, which, like the Los Angeles Times, is owned by Tribune Company, filed a lawsuit in January after the city turned down a public-records request for the amount of bonuses handed out to each employee.
[Updated at 8 a.m.: Earlier this month, Burbank resident Eric Michael Cap submitted Burbank salaries to The Times' new public records page. He wanted to "shine a spotlight" on government salaries, but criticized the city for its refusal to turn over information about bonuses.
"Our leaders talk about transparency, but they don't walk the walk," Cap said.]
Read more on the battle to obtain bonus information for public employees at the Burbank Leader.
-- Gretchen Meier, Burbank Leader / Times Community News