Bell Salary Scandal Sparks Compensation Website

This combo made with booking photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows from top left, Luis Artiga, Victor Bello, George Cole, and Oscar Hernandez; from bottom left, Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, Robert Rizzo, and Peir'Angela Spaccia. The eight are charged with taking more than $5.5 million from the working-class suburb of Bell, Calif. in a scandal that triggered nationwide outrage and calls for more transparency in government.
AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
In response to the scandal over massive salaries public officials earned in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, Calif., the state controller unveiled a website Monday that lists salaries, pensions and other compensation for more than 594,000 city and county employees.

Controller John Chiang said the site is intended to prevent corruption by making the pay of public workers and elected officials more transparent.

The Local Government Compensation Reporting site is based on information provided by local governments under new rules Chiang announced in August as the Bell scandal broke.

Eight current and former Bell officials are now facing felony charges.

Chiang said 85 percent of local governments have provided the information and those that haven't will face fines.

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