Public Officials' Pay

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LA City officials are under attack for salaries much higher than their counterparts elsewhere. The LA School District, with its million students, staff of 100,000 and budget of almost 8 billion, pays its elected board members just 24,000 dollars a year. Do we get the officials we deserve for the price we pay? How does public service measure up to comparable jobs in the private sector? We ask school board member Vicki Castro, former state Senator Art Torres, a spokesman for Mayor Riordan, and others.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton