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Thursday, November 4, 2010

From the LA Daily News: County workers salaries have taken a hit, except those at the top and they list the top 10. My heart rate goes up to beyond cardio workout rate


These people are taking us all for chumps, dupes, fools and to defend them is to say the emperor is wearing fine gold threaded garments.
Biggest salaries in Los Angeles County
 
Here are the 10 highest paid department heads and elected officials in Los Angeles County government, in order of current salary.
 
Position
Name
2007 Salary
2010 Salary
Increase
Health services
director
Mitchell H. Katz
$306,800
$355,000
16%
Chief executive
officer
Bill Fujioka
$242,116
$338,458
40%
Public health
director
Dr. Jonathan E.
Fielding
$270,400
$309,494
14%
District attorney
Steve Cooley
$229,263
$297,859
30%
County
counsel
Andrea Sheridan
Ordin
$203,611
$295,000
45%
Sheriff
Lee Baca
$259,587
$284,183
9%
Forester &
fire warden
P. Michael Freeman
$213,582
$281,036
32%
Coroner chief
medical examiner
Dr. Lakshmanan
Sathyavagiswaran
$239,273
$276,912
16%
Alternate public
defender
Janice Y. Fukai
$194,790
$229,525
18%
Public works
director
Gail Farber
$202,540
$230,000
14%
 
Amid the worst recession in modern history, the salaries of top Los Angeles County officials have shot up 12 to 45 percent in three years and some public servants are now making more than $400,000 annually in total compensation, a Los Angeles Daily News investigation has found.
 
The analysis of a county salary database obtained through the California Public Records Act found 17,686 of the county's more than 100,000 employees make more than $100,000 annually in total pay.
 
This includes a Coroner's Office executive secretary making $113,825 and a firefighter who collected a whopping $271,498 last year…  click here to read more.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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