Mayor Garcetti/Democrats Running Los Angeles Lie—by Hiding Facts—From Public

This is a simple story.  The corruption leaders of Los Angeles are concerned that the people of L.A. will revolt if they found out how much money public employees are being paid.  Those responsible for the human feces on the streets, the homelessness growth of 12% a year, the unaffordable housing, the traffic gridlock on main streets and side streets—Los Angeles is a Third World country—employees paid a fortune to further destroy what is left.

“The city of Los Angeles is disclosing its full employee compensation data for the first time in at least a decade, ending a long-standing practice of releasing only averages for health and benefits packages.

The practice violated a state law requiring public agencies to report the individual cost for each employee annually to the state controller’s office. The offices of City Controller Ron Galperin and state Controller Betty Yee pressured the city to make the changes following a Southern California News Group report earlier this year.

More proof—government lies and the people pay for the corruption.  How corrupt is Los Angeles and the Democrats running it?  This is another example of totalitarians thinking the people are too dumb to get the truth.

Los Angeles finally discloses how much it actually pays for each employee’s benefits

Photo courtesy of Eric Garcetti, Flickr.

For more than a decade, the city provided only averages until the Southern California News Group called out the practice

By Jason Henry,  Pasadena Star News, 6/14/19 

The city of Los Angeles is disclosing its full employee compensation data for the first time in at least a decade, ending a long-standing practice of releasing only averages for health and benefits packages.

The practice violated a state law requiring public agencies to report the individual cost for each employee annually to the state controller’s office. The offices of City Controller Ron Galperin and state Controller Betty Yee pressured the city to make the changes following a Southern California News Group report earlier this year.

In a statement, Galperin said his goal is to make the city’s financial data as open and transparent to the public as possible.

“I’m happy to report we are now updating our salary information quarterly and have added the actual cost of health benefits and pensions for each individual employee as well,” he said. “This has been a priority of mine for some time and I’m confident it will prove more helpful and useful to anyone seeking to dig deeply into L.A.’s government spending.”

In February, a spokesman for the city’s Personnel Department said the city would not release health benefit costs for individuals because the city attorney believed those records were exempt from disclosure.

Nearly every city in California provides this information to the state controller’s public pay database and third-party databases such as Transparent California. State law requires cities to submit “pay and benefit information for every compensated employee who received a W-2.”

The differences between the averages provided in 2017 and the full compensation released in 2018 is dramatic. The median pay and benefits for full-time city employees increased by nearly $50,000 as a result, according to data provided to Transparent California.

In 2017, the city released public information listing Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “retirement and health” compensation as $12,693, the exact same figure used for 25,330 other employees. Garcetti’s benefits jumped to $97,590 in 2018 as a result of the changes in reporting.

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas’ benefits skyrocketed from $15,793 in 2017 to $168,788 — the most generous benefits package of any city employee — in 2018. As is the case almost every city, most of the top benefits packages in Los Angeles went to police and fire personnel.

Los Angeles did not disclose it was providing averages to Transparent California until last year, after nearly a decade of sending misleading pay data to the nonprofit organization. Robert Fellner, the executive director of Transparent California, said the change in reporting is a welcome development.

“They’re the biggest city, so it is nice to have them on board and providing us, and the public, with a full accounting of their single biggest expense, which is employee compensation,” Fellner said.

The state Controller’s Office notified Los Angeles it was out of compliance earlier this year. The Controller’s Office does not audit the data received from cities and was not aware of Los Angeles’ discrepancies until contacted by a reporter.

“Our team informed the City of L.A. staff that providing averages does not satisfy the requirement of our reporting instructions and they would need to report actual benefit amounts in order to be compliant,” said Taryn Kinney, Yee’s spokeswoman, in an email.

“The City of L.A.’s 2018 salary data (to be released on June 25) is in compliance and appears to provide benefit actuals.”

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