Austerity measures on the horizon for California?

This article published today by the Modesto Bee is a red herring for me. This whole political circus with this city and the ridiculous salaries of its public servants is just what's needed to condition California residents to what is to come.

Here's the article:

http://www.modbee.com/2010/07/25/1266500/calif-town-residents-urge-...

Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010

Calif. subpoenas LA suburb records in salary probe

- Associated Press Writer

BELL, Calif. -- California's attorney general said Monday he has subpoenaed hundreds of records from a Los Angeles suburb under investigation for sky-high salaries paid to its leaders.

Attorney General Jerry Brown demanded to see employment contracts from the city of Bell within 48 hours to determine whether to file charges.

The move followed last week's resignation of Bell's city manager, assistant manager and police chief. They earned a total of more than $1.6 million a year to run the poverty-plagued city of about 40,000 people.


The administrators also could make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in state pensions. Brown said his office and the state public employee pension fund were reviewing salaries in other communities around the state.

The mayor and other leaders also could find their jobs in jeopardy.

The Bell City Council called a meeting for Monday to discuss the future of the city. Activists were expected to demand salary cuts or resignations from the four council members who make more than $100,000 a year for their part-time work.

The Bell Association to Stop the Abuse has threatened to recall the council members if they don't resign or lower their own salaries.

Nearly 300 raucous protesters marched Sunday to the homes and workplaces of the mayor, vice mayor and two council members yelling "Fuera!" or "Out!" Some carried signs and wore T-shirts proclaiming, "My city is more corrupt than your city," and passed out fliers urging people to attend the council meeting.

The salaries exploded into public view after a Los Angeles Times investigation, based on California Public Records Act requests, showed the city payroll was bloated with six-figure salaries:

- Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo made $787,637 a year, getting a series of raises since being hired in 1993 at $72,000. President Barack Obama makes $400,000.

- Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia made $376,288 a year.

- Police Chief Randy Adams earned $457,000 - $150,000 more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez and three of the council's four other members make about $100,000 a year, most of it in salaries for sitting on various boards and commissions. Councilman Lorenzo Velez makes a modest salary of about $8,000 a year.

If there is a recall, the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse said it would like Velez to stay on the council and work toward reforming government in the city where one in six people live in poverty and about half are foreign-born.


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Some of my comments from the comment section of the ModBee.com website:
  • Plato_Plubius wrote on 07/26/2010 01:19:11 PM:

    The funny thing is the system is working backwards. We give the government the power to make laws and enforce them. It starts at the city/county/municipality level then moves towards the state level who is supposed to protect the best interest of the counties that comprise it then it moves to the federal level. Our current situation is working top down...The top starting not with the Federal govt like you would assume but with the IMF and the U.N. with their "suggestions" and "recommendations"...These recommendations are made public but little news attention is given to them...Ahhh how the system is broken!

  • Plato_Plubius wrote on 07/26/2010 01:16:23 PM:

    This incident will be used to familiarize the public with what "Brown... his office and the state public employee pension fund were reviewing salaries in other communities around the state."
    Wage control is on the horizon...Austerity measures like Greece coming to CAlifornia this fiscal year and next for certain. It will be a prerequisite in order to receive any federal bailout money. Where is all this coming from? See the IMF and Greece to learn more.

  • Plato_Plubius wrote on 07/26/2010 01:11:17 PM:

    Regionalism taking over....Like these guys were the only guilty ones? How did their salaries get to this point? I"m sure their predecessors had something to do with it! The residents of that city are merely reaping what they have sown....which is outrageous salaries from those public officials they should have been paying close attention to. I hope this encourages more people to attend city council meetings and voice their opinions as to where their elected represenatives spend their tax dollars!



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Comment by Nikki on July 26, 2010 at 11:17pm
If California and other states nearing bankruptcy can't rid themselves of corruption, they will be vulnerable to federal takeover.
http://www.infowars.com/federal-government-working-to-remove-sovere...

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