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LA City Council: We’re No Angels

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Here’s one of those stories that makes you want to inquire as to the color of the sky in some politicians’ worlds.

As LA City Hall reports, 7 of 15 Los Angeles City Council members refuse to take a 10% pay cut in this time of belt-tightening.

This, despite the fact that 4,000 city halls are looking at layoffs, in a city whose unemployment rate has soared by more than 26% over the past year (12.4% unemployment in January 2010 vs. 9.8% in January 2009).

This, despite the fact that the council members earn nearly $178,789 a year — making them the highest-paid city councilmen in America.

Oh, they also get free use of a car — and their health care gratis.

It’s worth nothing that three of the eight council members who did take a salary cut are looking at higher office (Janice Hahn is running for lieutenant governor; Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry reportedly have their eyes on the mayor’s office).

As for the seven holdouts, try this wonderful piece of logic from Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who says he’s for a 10% salary reduction . . . as long as he doesn’t go it alone: ““I’ll take the cut if the rest do. I’m not going to take it first. Why should I do that?”

So much for profiles in courage.

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Written by Bill Whalen

March 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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