AirTalk for July 23, 2010

City of Bell: AG and CalPERS investigate excessive local city salaries

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Frank Stoltze/KPCC

One Bell resident expressed his outrage over exorbitant pay for city officials on his T-shirt at a recent community meeting.

An emergency closed-door meeting of Bell’s city council last night ended with three of the city’s top officials stepping down. With angry residents holding vigil outside, The City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Police Chief resigned their positions. The three may receive severance packages or the remainder of their lucrative contracts, the highest in the country, which were negotiated under Bell’s city charter. But are they still entitled to their hefty pensions – the source of residents’ outrage?

Guests:

Jerry Brown, California Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor

Frank Stoltze, KPCC Reporter covering Bell

Raphael Sonenshein, Professor, Political Science, CSU Fullerton

Christina Garcia, resident of Bell Gardens; member of The Bell Association to Stop The Abuse (Adjunct Professor of statistics at University of Southern California / USC)


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