L.A. city attorney candidate Mike Feuer vows to take a pay cut
A state lawmaker who will oppose Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich in the March election promised Monday to take a pay cut equal to the reductions experienced by other lawyers in his department during the recent budget crisis.
Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) said that, if elected, he would give up part of his own compensation as long as other attorneys at City Hall continue to be forced to take furloughs. Those unpaid days off have been the equivalent of a 13% reduction in pay, Feuer said.
“With criminal prosecutions and high-stakes litigation on the line, it's incredible that the city's lawyers endure furloughs,” Feuer said in a statement. “Their adversaries certainly don't. But as long as these furloughs are in place, I will join the lawyers in the city attorney’s office in taking a personal pay cut equal to the value of the most severe cuts they have to bear."
Feuer also said Trutanich has not been willing to reduce his $214,547 annual salary. A 13% cut would take that figure down to $186,656.
Trutanich spokesman John Schwada called Feuer's promise a "political gimmick," saying that during Trutanich's first term the city attorney cut the amount of money spent annually on outside law firms to $7.3 million from $25 million."Trutanich's office has protected the taxpayers even as the city attorney's budget has been severely cut and is down by more than 100 attorneys, and he has done it with innovative programs and hard work, not with gimmicks," he said in an email.
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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Mike Feuer at a news conference in 2008. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times