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Proposed Bills Address City Officials Pay In Response to Bell City Scandal

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Everyone at the capitol seems to agree that what happened in Bell – city officials taking nearly 800-thousand dollar salaries – is wrong. Democratic assembly speaker John Pérez says there is enough time and support to pass these bills before the end of the legislative session in under two weeks.
 “The interest in trying to bring around this reform and transparency is not a partisan interest.”
The bills call for things like posting official’s salaries on a website, capping pension plans, and limiting automatic pay increases.
But the bipartisan package was overwhelmingly written and presented by Democrats. The governor’s spokesman Aaron McLear says pension reform and increased transparency are good ideas, but why stop at city officials?
“I’d be interested to know if the legislature is as interested in cleaning their own house, as they are in cleaning other people’s houses.”
The bills have also come under fire as a distraction from what some people say is a much bigger concern for the state; a 7 week late budget. 
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