You're probably familiar with the story of Bell, Callifornia. That's the poor Los Angeles County town that was paying some of the highest salaries in the nation, including nearly $800,000 a year for its city manager. This leader of the community recently blew .28 after crashing into a neighbor's mailbox. He's resigned but in just a few years, his pension will grow to some $1,000,000 a year.
Four of the five city council members make $100,000 a year for part-time positions that similar communities compensate with around $400/month. They're being investigated. And the town folk -- one of six who live in poverty -- aren't pleased:
Several hundred angry residents from a modest blue-collar Los Angeles suburb marched Sunday to call for the resignation of the mayor and some City Council members in a protest sparked by the sky-high salaries of three recently departed administrators.
The residents of the city of Bell marched to Oscar's Korner Market and Carniceria, owned by Mayor Oscar Hernandez, then to his home, demanding that he reduce his own six-figure compensation or quit.
They then did the same with some members of the City Council, with many marchers wearing T-shirts that read "My city is more corrupt than your city."
Well, not mine -- I live in D.C.! But seriously, is this a positive sign that people are wising up to outrageous public employee compensation? I hope so.