Yes, Go West

Princely pay for L.A. officials

Since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 Los Angeles has eliminated 1,995 jobs, cut library hours from an average of eight hours a day to five, and revised the schedule of street repaving from every 40 years to once every 120. No matter. Last week the city council approved raises for Los Angeles' 32 department heads, already the highest paid by far in the country. In Los Angeles, the police chief now gets $98,908, compared with $72,000 in New York and $83,884 in Chicago; the Los Angeles fire chief, $93,688 vs. $72,000 in New York and...

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