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.)