2010年7月31日土曜日

ベル市長 任期無報酬

ベル市長の無報酬が決まった。
 米加州ベル市の幹部らが不当に高額の年収を得ていた問題で、市長の
責任などを追及する市民ら200人以上が、市内で抗議のデモを行った。

この問題では事務方トップの幹部職員が、オバマ米大統領の倍に当たる
年収約80万ドルを得ていたことが発覚し、同幹部ら3人が辞職に追い込
まれていた。

不正報酬
市長     Oscar Hernandez 年96,000ドル
副市長    Teresa Jacobo 年96,000ドル
元事務長(?)  Robert Rizzo   年787,637ドル
元警察署長  Charlie Beck  年457,000ドル
元都市副課長 Angela Spaccia 年376,288ドル

改正後報酬
市長と副市長は、任期内は無報酬
議員は月673ドル

Bell Cityは、市人口1/4が貧困層と言われるが、Rizzoは、高額年金積立
のため、83才までに、3000万ドルの年金が受取ることになるらしい。
昔の日銀総裁や大蔵省幹部のようだ。

一部の評論家は、米国は、入り口の条件が同じかどうかを気にするが、
経過では文句言わないと言っていたが、実際には、経過でも文句を
言う人はいるわけで、入り口の条件を気にする米国の方がもっと
ひどいと言うことになる。


Anger Remains in Bell After City Resignations The Associated Press


---Bell council members cut salaries 90%; some will forgo pay---
By Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2010
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bell-salaries-20100727,0,1970663.story

Council members agree to take $8,000 a month, and the mayor and vice mayor say they'll finish their terms without pay. Meanwhile, attorney general subpoenas documents and D.A. continues its probe.

City Council members in Bell unanimously agreed Monday to give up their controversial $96,000-a-year salaries and instead draw $673 a month - a 90% decrease.

Council members in the small, working-class city southeast of downtown Los Angeles have been under mounting pressure since the salaries for the part-time jobs were reported in The Times this month.

Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo went a step further Monday and said they will finish off their terms without pay.

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Hernandez also apologized to residents for the high salaries the city paid to administrators, a reversal from the defiant tone he struck last week.

"Since my first day as mayor, my priority has been to make Bell a city its residents can be proud to call home," he said. "I apologize that the council's past decisions with regard to the indefensible administrative salaries have failed to meet that test." Hernandez said he will not seek another stint as mayor.

A Times report revealed that the city's top officials received some of the highest municipal wages in the nation. City Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo made $787,637 a year, almost twice the salary of President Obama; Police Chief Randy Adams made $457,000, 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck; and Assistant City Manager Spaccia made $376,288, more than the top administrator for Los Angeles County.

All three resigned last week.

In agreeing to sweep back their salaries, Councilmen Luis Artiga and George Mirabal put themselves on par with Lorenzo Velez, who has been paid $673 a month since he was appointed to the council last summer. Velez said he was unaware his colleagues were making so much.

Ali Saleh, a member of the Bell Assn. to Stop The Abuse said Monday that the group welcomes the salary cut. But he added, "It's not enough. The people don't trust them anymore. They lost complete trust from the community, and for the better of the community, they should resign."

The group also demands "a full disclosure of administrative salaries, and any retainers or project contracts provided by outside consultants, followed by a forensic audit by a neutral third party."

Saleh threatened council members with a recall effort if they did not order a forensic audit of the city's books and disclose administrative salaries as well as contracts awarded to outside consultants.

Council members drove up their salaries by earning stipends for serving on various boards or commissions, all of which generally met - often very briefly - during council meetings. In their agreement Monday, council members said the $673-a-month salary will reflect their total pay.

Earlier Monday, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown had subpoenaed hundreds of documents from Bell as part of his office's investigation into the high salaries.

"How did they come to the conclusion that public officials should make that much money?" Brown said at a news conference at his Los Angeles office.

Among the documents Brown has demanded are e-mails, employment contracts, ordinances and resolutions, some going back to January 2003. Some must be turned in by Wednesday, and others by Aug. 6.

"Hundreds of thousands of public dollars were paid out under suspicious circumstances," said Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor.

The Los Angeles County district attorney began an inquiry into the council's salaries several weeks ago. Former Councilman Victor Bello, who resigned in August for undisclosed reasons, said district attorney investigators took documents from his home Monday.

Almost immediately after he left the council, Bello became the only full-time employee at the city food bank, the first person to hold the job, Rizzo said.

Documents show that Bello was being paid $96,000 a year there, roughly the same salary paid to most council members. He has continued to be paid for sitting on four city boards, even though city resolutions say commissioners must be council members.

Bello last week showed The Times the three white boxes he said the district attorney took from him. He said they included council agendas, a list that showed payments the city had made to vendors and contractors, fliers of community events and other documents.

Dave Demerjian, head of the district attorney's Public Integrity Unit, said he could not comment.

The mayor's apology was a turnaround from his comments last week when he praised Rizzo, even after the council announced that the city manager, Adams and Spaccia were resigning. Hernandez said Rizzo's salary was appropriate considering the excellent job he did.

He also sharply criticized The Times' reporting of the issue.

Over the weekend, Velez called on fellow council members to reduce their salaries to the $8,000 a year he is receiving. Jacobo, the vice mayor, has said Velez was being paid substantially less because he had been appointed to finish Bello's unexpired term and had not been elected to office.

Velez said if council members refused to cut their salaries, they should resign immediately. He also called for an independent accounting of business dealings council members have had with the city and argued that they should reveal how much they will earn from their city pensions.


---大統領の倍…幹部の高給に200人抗議デモ 米カリフォルニア州ベル市---
2010.7.26 13:58
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/100726/amr1007261400009-n1.htm

 米カリフォルニア州ベル市の幹部らが不当に高額の年収を得ていた問題で、市長の責任などを追及する市民ら200人以上が25日、市内で抗議のデモを行った。ロサンゼルス・タイムズ紙(電子版)が伝えた。
 デモ参加者はエルナンデズ市長が所有するスーパーや市長宅を訪れ、辞任を迫ったほか、市議会議員の自宅前で抗議のスローガンを叫んだ。
 この問題では事務方トップの幹部職員が、オバマ米大統領の倍に当たる年収約80万ドル(約7千万円)を得ていたことが発覚し、同幹部ら3人が辞職に追い込まれていた。
 ベル市は人口約4万人の半数をメキシコなどの移民が占めている。(共同)


---California city official quits nearly $800,000 post---
By Jim Christie
SAN FRANCISCO | Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:05pm EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66M5A420100723?type=domesticNews

(Reuters) - A local official in California earning close to $800,000 a year as the manager of a city with nearly a quarter of its population in poverty has quit following a public uproar, the mayor said on Friday.

Robert Rizzo, chief administrative officer of Bell, California, resigned along with an assistant and Bell's police chief, Mayor Oscar Hernandez said in a statement.

Rizzo's $787,637 salary was nearly twice that of U.S. President Barack Obama, a considerable expense for a city of 37,000 people operating its own food bank for impoverished residents.

Assistant city administrator Angela Spaccia's pay exceeded that of the top administrator in Los Angeles County, and Bell was paying police chief Randy Adams 50 percent more than what his counterpart earns in neighboring Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city.

Bell residents have been clamoring for answers to questions about the city's financial management since The Los Angeles Times reported the compensation of the three city employees -- along with reporting that many members of Bell's city council earn nearly $100,000 a year.

Hernandez criticized the Times' "skewed view of the facts" and praised Rizzo's service.

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is probing them and California Attorney General Jerry Brown and the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the pension giant known as Calpers, have opened a joint investigation.

Calpers has an interest in the compensation Bell provided because of the pension payments it must make.

Rizzo could amass pension payments of more than $30 million in retirement if he lives until age 83, according to an analysis by the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, a group calling for an overhaul of the state's public pension system.

Brown's office said it plans to look beyond Bell in its probe, which will coincide with his campaign as the Democratic nominee to succeed Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger is making pension reform a condition for his signature on a state budget, a challenge purely on fiscal terms because he must negotiate a spending plan that closes a $19 billion shortfall with the Democrat-led legislature.

Former eBay Inc chief executive Meg Whitman is the Republican nominee for governor and is for pension reform. It could include providing new public employees less generous benefits or even putting them into retirement accounts like the 401(k)s in the private sector.

Brown has proposed limits on public pensions and in his office's statement said the salaries at issue in Bell are "shocking and outrageous."

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