El Segundo, California

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El Segundo is a city in California. The town has 16,000 residents.

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The city has been getting pushed towards bankruptcy by the excessive and unsustainable salaries, benefits, and pensions demanded and received by its its firefighter and police officer associations, which are labor unions.

Police Captain Robert Turnbull earns $225,000 annually, $302,000 when you add in other benefits.[1] Fire Captain Christopher Thomason, president of the El Segundo Firefighters Association, had total compensation of more than $256,000 in 2009.[2] Former El Segundo Police Chief David Cummings, who retired in 2009, was the highest paid city employee in 2009. He had total 2009 compensation of nearly $600,000, including more than $425,000 total earnings, his CalPERS pension contributions and benefits cost paid by the city, and his city contract and $210,000 per year CalPERS pension income while he continued working as the El Segundo Police Chief after his retirement.

Michael D. Robbins, a former El Segundo City Councilman, started using the California Public Records act to perform detailed research and analysis of El Segundo city employee compensation starting in June 2010, before the City of Bell became a sensation in the news. Much of the results have been posted at PublicSafetyProject.org, including a detailed itemized analysis of David Cummings' 2009 total compensation.[3]

More then 78 percent of the town's 262 full-time employees will earn more than $100,000 in total compensation in the 2010-11 fiscal year. The average pay for firefighters in the town is $210,000 a year.

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