I could use a sweet gig like the committee members' nearly $100,000 a year gig for part-time elected positions. In most cities the size of Bell elected council members would make about $400 a month.
After all, it's a couple hours a week sitting on useless city boards and commissions.
Well, it turns out the city is not doing so well with its debt.The Los Angeles Times continues digging up dirt in the Bell, Calif. salary scandal. This time, the newspaper points out that while some city officials were raking in colossal six-figure wages, others making one- and (LOW) two-figure hourly salaries were let go during budget cuts.
Case in point: the year City Manager Robert Rizzo made $787,000 [not including benefits, which takes it to $1.5M], Rosario Torres, who worked with preschoolers, and Parks and Rec employee Miguel Sanchez, 33, were canned. Torres made $9 an hour; Sanchez made $10.50.
BloombergBell, the Los Angeles suburb that paid its city manager almost $800,000 a year, had its credit cut five steps to junk by Standard & Poor’s on concerns about the city’s ability to refinance or pay debt due Nov. 1.
And there are more little Bells.
nytimesThen someone noticed that Maywood’s neighbor, Bell, another poor, mainly Hispanic city south of Los Angeles that had agreed to process Maywood’s parking tickets and have its assistant city manager generally keep an eye on things, in return for about $50,000 a month, was being run by top officials who treated the city coffers like a cash machine.
So a bunch of people resigned, but there's more of that outsized pay for precious little in a small town where some 28% are below the poverty level. Of course the unemployment rate raised by city-cuts (see above) doesn't help.
Do you know what your city officials make?In addition, Bell's director of community services, Annette Peretz, earned $273,542, a deputy city engineer earned $247,573, the business development coordinator earned $295,627, a police captain earned $238,075 and a police lieutenant earned $229,992. Their names were not immediately released.
Will anything come out of this besides hand-wringing and noisy condemnations. Transparency?