Friday, July 31, 2009

Locals Wage Citywide Campaign to Halve Council Pay

Two community activists are leading an initiative campaign to cut the pay of L.A. city politicians.

The proposal by Doug Epperhart and Bob Gelfand, veteran members of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, would cut in half the salaries of the mayor, city attorney, city controller and city councilmembers. The reform measure would be a city charter amendment, anticipated to appear on the November 2010 ballot.

At $178,789, L.A. councilmembers are the highest paid legislators in the country, outearning members of the U.S. Senate and Congress. The L.A. “half-off” campaign is the cover story in the current issue of Random Lengths News. (At presstime, there were technical difficulties with the online version. But, you can view the Random Lengths video interview with Epperhart and Gelfand.)

1 comment:

IronHead433 said...

I find it very easy to listen to what Doug has to say (not that I always agree) but if he is gonna drag his buddy along for the ride (you know, the one who carries his video camera around at other Neighborhood Council meetings. Strutting around like some peacock making snide remarks.) I can't see this even making the ballot.....