Morning News for Thursday, December 20th, 2012
The state controller reported Monday that he has published the latest salary, pension and other compensation figures for city and county employees and elected officials across California. Lake County has some of the lowest compensation levels in California for its public officials, the average wages in 2011 were $36,929 in Lake County In Mendocino, the average salary was $48,625.
Both counties are well below the state average of $61,259.
State Controller John Chiang's Web site is www.publicpay.ca.gov .
According to the latest information, the top five salaried employees across the state in 2011 included a senior psychiatrist at Salina Valley Psychiatric Program, $800,363; a staff psychiatrist at Napa State Hospital, $770,870; an orthopedic surgeon at Kern Medical Center, $716,116; city manager for the city of Indian Wells, $677,172; core physician, Kern Medical Center, $669,708; general manager-metropolitan transit authority, San Francisco, $567,595.
Chiang created the Web site in late 2010,in response to excessively high salaries for government officials in the Southern California city of Bell.
California law-makers are planning to introduce several bills aimed at reducing gun violence, in the wake of the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school in Connecticut. the measures include regulations on the purchase of ammunition, and a bill to close a loop-hole in California’s automatic weapons ban.
Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.
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