California lawmakers to receive pay hike

November 30, 2013
Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

California lawmakers are in line to receive a 5.3 percent raise on Monday. However, a dozen are refusing the pay hike in light of the down economy and the high number of unemployed Californians. [LATimes]

A citizens’ panel approved the raises that will boost most legislator’s base salaries from $90,526 to $95,291 and Governor Jerry Brown’s pay from $165,288 to $173,987.

Republicans who have chosen to deny the pay raise include Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach, Sen. Mark Wyland of Escondido, Sen. Mimi Walters from Irvine, Assemblyman Jim Patterson of Fresno, Assemblyman Eric Linder of Corona, Assemblyman Rocky J. Chavez of Oceanside, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor of Costa Mesa. Democrats include Assemblyman Ken Cooley of Rancho Cordova and state Sens. Richard Roth of Riverside and Lou Correa of Santa Ana.

Donnelly is running for governor against Brown on a platform of fiscal restraint.


Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

It is worth noting that “indicted but trial delayed” State Senator Rod Wright is NOT among the Democrats who have turned down the increase. He keeps escaping trial however the deputy D.A. in charge of his case (Huntsman, of City of Bell successful prosecutorial fame) claims he WILL force Wright to trial in early 2014.

From Wikipedia: “In September 2010, a Los Angeles County grand jury unsealed an eight-count felony indictment against state Sen. Roderick Wright accusing him of filing a false declaration of candidacy, voter fraud and perjury beginning in 2007, when he changed his voter registration to run for the Legislature.” (Wright apparently SWORE he lived in Inglewood at his apartment building while common knowledge knew he lived miles away in swanky Baldwin Hills.

Wright keeps winning delays of trial, probably so that one or more of his tenants who deny that he was “renting back a room from their unit” will disappear or move off. He’s been in the Calif Legislature since 1996 and has made HUNDREDS of anti-business and extreme liberal votes, scores of them as an indicted future FELON. Kinda makes one proud, doesn’t it? We should NOT have raised his pay.

This pay raise is an affront to all Californians, I don’t care if some citizen panel approved it for them. They are as overpaid as Lichtig.

Governor Brown still does NOT make near what local APCD head Larry Allen’s $220,000.

Let’s not forget about the highest paid city employee in SLO County Katie Litchtig. Who not only makes more $$ annually than Brown, but even more than Vice President Biden.

What’s wrong with this picture, folks? Local govt says they can’t pay less or they don’t get quality people. That’s an unproven proposition, however, since they’ve never tried. Couldn’t a lot of us do these jobs, and be happy with, say, what a state assemblyperson makes? Why should the city of SLO be competing with Santa Monica and Beverly Hills to hire Lichtig away from those places? This makes no sense. But, then, neither does anything else our city does.

Now that SLO City’s look AND culture have become so cookie-cutter SoCal, we would hate to pay any less for someone local to come along who might ruin that. Better we compete with Santa Monica and Beverly Hills to pay top $$ for city management that will NOT give SLO any local flavor or character.

Typical. Politicians raise taxes for us, then give themselves a raise.

“Citizen,” read the article please. This is NOT typical. Many hard working members refused the pay raise. THAT is the real story. Cudos to those who refused to drive our state deeper into debt. Were they only Republicans?