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New online database shows excessive Bay Area public agency salaries

The Bay Area News Group has established an online database of salaries of government employees in counties, cities and districts. The records show that some employees are getting excessively high salaries negotiated when governments had more money. -DB Contra Costa Times August 30, 2009 By Thomas Peele A public health care district in southern Alameda County paid its chief executive $876,831 in 2008 — more than twice as much as any other local government employee

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Public employee salaries

Public employee salaries Q: I would like to know the status of public release of public employment salaries. I know about the Oakland case, and Teamsters Local 856 v. Priceless, LLC which seemed to indicate that release of salaries connected with the names of employees is prohibited. How about requests for actual salaries by position and not connected with names. Is a public agency bound by CPRA to release such information? Is the $100,000 and

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A&A: Request for councilmembers salaries not granted

Q: I requested the salaries and health benefits of City Council members. It took one month to receive and I didn’t get what I’d asked for.  I also asked for information regarding the voiding of a parking citation that they would not release. A: The California Supreme Court has held that the names and salaries of individual public employees are generally required to be made public. See International Federation of Processional Engineers v. Superior Court,

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Public official salaries and the CPRA

Public official salaries and the CPRA Q: I’d like to find information on executive salaries for public utility organizations (SMUD, LADWP, WAPA and NCPA).  Can you advise me if these are publicly available records and if so, what’s the best way to obtain them might be? A: The California Public Records Act exempts certain information from disclosure on the basis of personal privacy. (Govt. Code s. 6254(c)). Some public agencies have relied on this exemption

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A&A: How to I get city to admit to under-reporting employee compensation?

Q: The City withheld pay and benefit information that resulted in under reporting almost all of the City’s employees’ pay, including the Police Chief’s pay by $66,951.83 a year? I have posted the original request, the data provided by the City, and exchanges with the City Attorney’s Office. A: As you may know, the California Supreme Court has held that the names and salaries of individual public employees should generally be public. International Federation of

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Bell’s princely salaries result of fewer reporters on the beat

How did the city officials of Bell, CA, manage to convince the mostly low-income citizens of their municipality to fund such outrageously high salaries?  Writer Conor Friedersdorf at Forbes.com argues that the townspeople never agreed, they didn’t even know about the high salaries.  The reason? There was no watchdog reporter covering city hall. Why Every City Needs A Beat ReporterConor Friedersdorf, 07.29.10, 05:43 PM EDT …Each member of the city council was being paid six

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Transparency: Fight for more information on salaries picks up steam

AFL-CIO’s Lynn Rhinehart, Time, February 18, 2016, writes that over 50 percent of males and females taking a 2014 survey said their employers had policies prohibiting or discouraging talk about pay at work. These policies make it difficult for workers to address inequities in salaries. Rhinehart argues that the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 already protects private-sector workers who discuss pay and other issues with colleagues. The Obama administration announced last month two executive

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A&A: Using Public Records Act to find a school executives’ salaries

Q: I am a student looking to improve my understanding of executive compensation at my school and other schools in our region. When I contact the other schools, I cannot obtain hard information. The school administrations simply ignore my emails. I can usually get access to salary schedules, which are a framework for determining compensation, but it’s not a hard number,”this person made this much in this year.” What’s the best way to obtain information

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What is the value in publishing public employee salaries and pension? (video – 6:31)

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Former Southern California bank vice president claims request for public officials’ salaries led to his firing

A Riverside man claims the bank that employed him fired him for taking an interest in local politics on his own time by attending a public meeting of the City Council to ask about pay of public officials. The former bank vice president said in the meeting he had not made any accusations but said that the City Council and city manager could increase public confidence by disclosing their compensation including benefits and other perks.

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A&A: Is a Salary/Wage Review Really A “Trade Secret”?

Q: Our District Hospital contracted with a company to do a salary/wage and benefit review of hospital employees. They are meeting in closed session and discussing this report as a “trade secret.” I have requested a copy of this report under the CPRA and was refused based on the trade secret exemption. Their response was, “Said records are not subject to public disclosure as they constitute valuable trade secrets of the District which if disclosed

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Closed Session Performance Evaluations

Closed Session Performance Evaluations Q: On the City Council agenda it states under closed session: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 and 54957.6, the City Council will meet with the City Administrator, to hold performance evaluations and consider the salaries for the Director of Parks and Trees, the Director of Community Development and Public Works ….. All department heads are up for evaluation and they are wanting salary increases. All department heads are also contract

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Los Angeles County postpones release of salary information of highest-paid employees

A Los Angeles County lawyer said they are delaying the release of the names and salaries of its highest paid employees out of concern for the workers’ safety. -db Los Angeles Times September 27, 2010 By Rong-Gong Lin II Los Angeles County officials are taking steps to keep secret the names and salaries of some highly paid county employees, saying they need more time to comply with public records law to protect workers who claim

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A&A: As a retired public employee, can I access my payroll records using the CPRA?

Q:  I am a retired public employee and I’m being taken to small claims for an alleged overpayment that supposedly happened in 2008. I need to try to get copies of my payroll for 2008. If those are still around, can I access those? How would I do it? A: The California Public Records Act, Cal. Govt.. Code sections 6250 et seq., provides that all records of state and local agencies be open to the

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Employee Information and the CPRA

Employee Information and the CPRA Q: I am curious about the relation between the CPRA and the release of CA State employees’ exact department, classification, and salary information.  I am not a state worker although I work in a state agency and have two close family members who are state employees.  This week it was brought to our attention that a website (www.youradvocacy.com) hosted a list of every state employee, their dept. and title, and

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Portantino bill seeks to quietly reverse 2 pro-access Supreme Court decisions

An amendment to a bill seeks to push police salary and other basic information about officers back out of public view. The bill comes on the heels of two state Supreme Court rulings last year finding that salaries and other basic information about police officers are indeed public records. AB 1855, authored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, would declare that the salaries of police officers as well as their badge numbers and

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Palm Desert City Council closed salary session challenged as open government violation

The Palm Desert City Council approved the salary for a new city manager in closed session in the belief that was allowed under the Brown Act, but a leading open government advocate says salary discussions must be public. -DB The Desert Sun March 14, 2009 By K. Kaufmann The Palm Desert City Council may have violated the state’s open records law by approving a contract with new city manager in closed session on Jan. 22,

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COMMENTARY

Watershed CA Supreme Court decision is major win for government transparency. A stunning end to the media’s 20-year losing streak in high court access cases. By Peter Scheer America’s highest courts are justly criticized for avoiding hard issues. The judicial fetish for deciding cases on the narrowest possible grounds yields opinions so limited and unambitious in scope that they often raise more questions, and generate more legal disputes, than they resolve. Exceptions are the rare

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A&A: Can I use public records to find out why I was denied unemployment benefits?

Q: I received a Notice of Determination from Employment Development Department (EDD) stating that I had I refused a Job…and under Code 1257B will be denied U/I benefits for 10 week…” I believe that EDD was supplied with false information by a previous employer simply for relation and or harassment do to a previous administrative law appeal that I won awarding me unemployment benefits over the objections of my employer. Point being, that I’d like access

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