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Bell pensions and municipal corruption: what are the options for reform?

Bell citizens are up in arms over the news that city leaders are pulling exorbitant salaries – up to $800,000 a year – and that resulting pensions for some officials could reach $600,000 a year. But such outrageous salaries for public employees aren’t illegal in California. The key to reforming city pensions, say experts, is citizen involvement – but are there legislative options, perhaps at the state level, to prevent runaway salaries for local officials?

Bell citizens are up in arms over the news that city leaders are pulling exorbitant salaries – up to $800,000 a year – and that resulting pensions for some officials could reach $600,000 a year. But such outrageous salaries for public employees aren’t illegal in California. The key to reforming city pensions, say experts, is citizen involvement – but are there legislative options, perhaps at the state level, to prevent runaway salaries for local officials?

Guest:


Marcia Fritz, President, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, a pension reform advocacy group

Jessica Levinson, Attorney and Director of Political Reform at the Center for Governmental Studies

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