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Posted on Mar 5, 2011

Man with the numbers: California State Controller John Chiang.

A hospital executive pulling down $875,000 a year? How about a water official collecting $600,000? Those are among the salaries contained in a new round of public compensation disclosures by the California state controller in the wake of the pay scandal in Bell. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

State Controller John Chiang has released a new round of compensation figures for public sector employees, including a Bay Area hospital executive who made about $875,000 in 2009, and a San Gabriel Valley water official who was paid close to $600,000.

Chiang updated his government employee salary database this week, adding data from 539 special districts across the state.

The extensive project has now published compensation figures for over 600,000 city and county employees, and employees of over 1,000 special districts. The project comes during a period of greater scrutiny of government employee compensation following the salary scandal in the city of Bell, where eight officials now face public corruption charges.

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By samosamo, March 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment


Too bad you don’t understand my sarcasm. I am all for
moonbeam coming down on these overpaid ‘elite’ thieves. I just
used the ‘illustrious’ walker as the example moonbeam needs to
incorporate. To keep my language civil, I can only hope pus face
walker gets hit by a car while crossing the street, contracts
gangrene in all 4 limbs. That would decidedly give those
government workers a chance of maintaining their ability to keep
their union. Unless walker’s understudy is as bad is walker is. So
there stick that up your nose and smoke it, huh? NO I DON"T
SUPPORT YOUR BOSSES. So go whip up on someone who REALLY
IS supporting your glorious whipping boys.

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By TDoff, March 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Have you wondered whether John Chiang is going to declare on his IRS return the bribes he gets from other top California ‘public servants’ to not release their salary information on the next ‘let it all hang out’ report?

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By TDoff, March 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

How ‘bout this idea? We could totally eliminate public employee unions, by treating all public employees as we do their peers, our Congressfolk, who are also public employees, and letting them vote to determine their own salaries and benefits.
That should certainly cause a rapid adjustment in teacher’s pay, not to mention ‘up’ the standard of living for the folks who scrape the bird poop off the monuments to our founding fathers each day.

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By TDoff, March 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

The president of the NEA, the 3M+ teacher’s union, made almost $400K in 2009, about 8X the average teacher pay. And THIRTY other officials and employees of the NEA made over $200K in 2009, 4X teacher’s pay.

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By madisolation, March 6, 2011 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

Hey, I’ve got an idea: how about raising taxes on those highly-paid executives. In fact, raise taxes on everyone making making exorbitant amounts of money in California. Instead of snipping a middle class worker here and there, why not just do the right thing, and raise the freaking taxes on the rich? It’s so obvious, I don’t know how the stenographer reporters can write about the situation in any state day after day without bringing it up. How can so-called journalists live with themselves; they collude with their corporate paper’s millionaires instead of investigating the real problem: tax cuts for the rich are bringing this country to its knees.

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By kerryrose, March 6, 2011 at 7:10 am Link to this comment


A teacher making $45,000 a year with good benefits is not the same as hospital administration making almost a million dollars a year.

Also, public employees in Wisconsin have agreed to give up some measly pay, but Walker’s intent is to crush the union by taking away bargaining rights.

You for that, huh?  Labor should not have a voice?  Administration and Manangment should be able to call all the shots?  What makes you such a good corporate whipping boy?  Why do you love and protect the bosses, you sure they are going to be good to you, or do you want everyone else to have it as bad as you do?


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By samosamo, March 6, 2011 at 12:45 am Link to this comment


Gawd amighty, looks as if governor moonbeam has a down right
serious problem to contend with right off the bat. Be interesting
to see how this plays out. Wonder if he will be just as harsh on
these blood suckers as old pus face walker in wisconsin is on his
union employees.

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