Schwarzenegger to Calif. cities: post salaries

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is challenging cities to post officials' salaries on their websites after a scandal over excessive pay in the blue-collar Los Angeles suburb of Bell.

In a speech to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Schwarzenegger said Thursday that cities should make salary information accessible to the public if they have nothing to hide.

Also Thursday, the League of California Cities discussed how to ensure that cities, counties, schools and the state publish how much top employees are paid. Its proposals will be forwarded to the Legislature for consideration.

About 40 city managers were in Sacramento for the league's annual meeting. Several condemned the city of Bell for paying three top officials about $1.6 million a year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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