However one feels about the Laguna Beach City Council, no one can say they are in it for the money. The five council members take home a pittance of $560 a month, plus expenses, for a job that is certainly more than part time.
Yet this is nearly twice the $300 that is prescribed in the California Code governing compensation for elected officials in a general law city of the size of Laguna. The reason for the increase, we're told, is a provision that permits 5% annual increases, which have been accruing for some 20 years.
While the exorbitant salaries of the City Council and top administrators of the city of Bell in Los Angeles County have piqued interest in what our elected and appointed officials collect for their duties, it is clear that most of the state's part-time politicians are not getting anything close to a "living wage" for their work.