L.A. Controller Galperin Terminates José Huizar’s City Salary Payments

LOS ANGELES — Following the felony racketeering charge against Councilmember José Huizar and his suspension from the City Council, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today moved to terminate Huizar’s City salary payments. Galperin announced his action in a memo to City Clerk Holly L. Wolcott:

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Los Angeles City Council approved a Motion (Martinez – Buscaino) to suspend José Huizar from office, pursuant to City Charter Section 211, stating in part, “[i]t is unacceptable for any Council member charged with public corruption to continue to be able to exercise the powers of his or her office.”

It is also unacceptable and impermissible for an elected official now officially charged with public corruption — and suspended as a result — to continue drawing a paycheck and collect hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Accordingly, as Controller and Paymaster of the City of Los Angeles, and pursuant to Charter Section 218, I have hereby terminated salary payments to José Huizar effective Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

While I believe strongly in the principle that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the shocking information about Mr. Huizar’s misconduct is an unacceptable violation of the public trust. As such, he should not and will not continue to receive any salary payments from my office and from the Treasury of the people of Los Angeles.

The payroll section of the Controller’s Office is responsible for paying the salaries of all City employees and elected officials.

Huizar’s bi-weekly gross salary as a City Councilmember was $8,192.85, which comes out to $213,833.40 for the year.

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