The city’s economic woes haven’t impacted salaries at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where employees saw their pay increase an average of 15 percent over the last five years.
The Los Angeles Times cites records that show DWP workers got more generous pay raises than other city workers, who received an average increase of 9 percent over the same period.
The newspaper says average DWP pay rose from $88,299 in 2008 to $101,237 in 2012. By contrast the median household income in LA fell over roughly the same period, from $48,882 to $46,148.
DWP compensation has become a central issue in the mayoral election. The candidates have debated whether the city’s contracts are too costly given the fiscal problems that have resulted in cuts in services.