This got sent to me from Senator Lou Correa. He is holding a special hearing at the Rancho Santiago Community College Board Room to discuss the pay of local elected officials and transparency in local government. In the wake of the Bell scandal, Senator Correa has taken the lead in making sure local government is open to the people and that the officials continue to make the part time salary their job was originally supposed to entail. Interesting they are coming to Santa Ana, is Correa trying to sent our friends on the Santa Ana City Council a message? With recent revelations that Mayor Miguel Pulido makes over $90,000 a year for a part time job and issues regarding the culture of closed government in Santa Ana, I wonder if the Mayor or any of the City Councilmembers have the nerve to show themselves tomorrow. Read more as Lou Correa continues his crusade for the little guy!
Senate Local Government Committee and Senator Correa to hold Hearing on Official Pay and Publicâ€™s Right to Know
(Santa Ana, CA) â€“ Senate Local Government Committee members, at the request of Senator Lou Correa (Orange County), will convene a special hearing to pursue issues regarding transparency & accountability in local government and the challenges presented by the revelation in the City of Bell and elsewhere.
Senator Correa invited the committee and Chairwoman Senator Christine Kehoe to hold a hearing in Orange County to explore four important policy questions: Should state law require more compensation disclosure? What compensation should public officials disclose? Which public officials should disclosure their compensation? How should public officials disclose their compensation?
According to Senator Correa, â€œThe taxpayer is the one paying these bills, and they are entitled to a full and complete accounting of where their taxes go. Those in the public sector who seek huge hidden payouts must not be allowed to keep their actions a secret.â€ The Senator went on to thank the committee Chair for agreeing to hold the hearing in Orange County.
The topic of the hearing is “Transparency & Accountability: Pursuing the Public’s Right To Know”, and is slated for Wednesday, October 20 in the Board Chambers of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, 2323 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA.
Senator Correa author of Senate Bill 501, which sought to compel broader disclosure by local government officials. It is the Senatorâ€™s intention to reintroduce a similar measure in the upcoming legislative session.