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The City of Lynwood lies at the junction of the Long Beach and Century freeways, right next to Watts. Its 70,000 citizens earn a per capita income of $9500. Its part-time City Council makes $9600--plus lavish foreign travel, the use of credit cards to buy dinners and tickets to shows in New York, and $900 fees for attending back-to-back meetings that often last only minutes. Some of Lynnwood-s part-time officials make more than $100,000 a year, nearly four times that of the Long Beach City Council, which is six times larger. How can one of the state-s poorest cities support some of its highest paid politicians? We hear from a whistle-blower in that city, the director of Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles, and an immigration expert from the World Policy Institute.
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Lynwood City Council, elected officials

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LA Times article on Lynwood City Council members lavish perks and pay

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