How would you like to look up what your local officials are being paid and what their benefits are? Well you can! The California State Controller, John Chiang, lists compensation information on his state website. Currently, the website is showing figures for calendar year, 2009, but the 2010 information should be posted soon, I was told. I have a bunch of links for you.
Here is the link the Ventura County Special Districts information: http://lgcr.sco.ca.gov/EntityList.aspx?entity=SpecialDistrict&load=ByDefault&CountyName=Ventura&year=2009, along with a link for California cities, in alphabetical order: http://lgcr.sco.ca.gov/EntityList.aspx?entity=City&load=ByDefault&year=2009, and the page where you can input to look at Los Angeles County (that link would not copy correctly. Isn’t that interesting? There was a space between Los and Angeles, and the link did not work, so this is the page before it.) http://lgcr.sco.ca.gov/EntityList.aspx?entity=SpecialDistrict&load=ByCounty&year=2009