UPHOLDING THE PUBLIC TRUST
Following the felony racketeering charge filed against Councilmember José Huizar and his suspension from the City Council, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin moved to terminate Huizar’s City salary payments on June 29. Controller Galperin, whose office oversees payroll for all City employees and elected officials, announced his action in a memo to City Clerk Holly L. Wolcott.
“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,” said Controller Galperin. “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.”
Huizar’s bi-weekly gross salary as a City Councilmember was $8,192.85, which comes out to $213,833.40 for the year.