California Controller Puts City, County Workers’ Salaries Online

SACRAMENTO (AP) – The state controller has unveiled a website that lists salaries, pensions and other compensation for more than 594,000 city and county employees throughout California.

In announcing the site Monday, Controller John Chiang says it’s intended to prevent corruption by making the pay of public workers and elected officials more transparent.

The Local Government Compensation Reporting site is based on information provided by local governments under new rules Chiang announced in August as a scandal broke over huge salaries earned by officials in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell.

Eight current and former Bell officials are now facing felony charges.

Chiang says 85 percent of local governments have provided the information and those that haven’t will face fines.

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