Bell citizens are up in arms over the news that city leaders are pulling exorbitant salaries – up to $800,000 a year – and that resulting pensions for some officials could reach $600,000 a year. But such outrageous salaries for public employees aren’t illegal in California. The key to reforming city pensions, say experts, is citizen involvement – but are there legislative options, perhaps at the state level, to prevent runaway salaries for local officials?
Marcia Fritz, President, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, a pension reform advocacy group
Jessica Levinson, Attorney and Director of Political Reform at the Center for Governmental Studies