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AM Alert: Pay panel weighs giving raise to Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers

Scott Somers, left, Nancy Miller, center and Thomas Dalzell, right, were among the members of The California Citizens Compensation Commission who voted for a 2 percent pay raise for state elected officials, Friday, June 20, 2014. Somers has since termed out.
Scott Somers, left, Nancy Miller, center and Thomas Dalzell, right, were among the members of The California Citizens Compensation Commission who voted for a 2 percent pay raise for state elected officials, Friday, June 20, 2014. Somers has since termed out. lsterling@sacbee.com

Do elected officials deserve another raise?

As the recessionary doldrums have receded, the California Citizens Compensation Panel has twice elected to boost the compensation of legislators and statewide elected officers. You can take a look at their current pay here to judge for yourself.

All of those six-figure salaries (rank-and-file legislators’ $97,197 just barely comes in at five figures) may have your eyebrows lifting, particularly if you know California’s state legislators enjoy the highest-in-the-nation pay. But some other factors to keep in mind: they are legally prohibited from drawing pensions; they still make less than counterparts in city and county government; and those salary figures are still below their pre-recession peak.

With their new Sacramento Kings official on board, the pay commission will be discussing all of this at Sacramento City Hall this morning.

GETTING TO 50: Gov. Jerry Brown has laid out an ambitious goal of having half of California’s electricity flow from renewable sources, an idea that has been embraced by Senate leadership and caught the attention of major utilities. What would that look like? The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop today on what would need to happen for the plan to be tenable, with commissioners Andrew McAllister and David Hochschild slated to speak. Starting at 10 a.m. at the commission’s 9th street headquarters.

BUILD IT UP: California’s construction industry group will be meeting and hearing from legislators at the Sheraton Grand today and tomorrow. Legislators expected to address the Associated General Contractors of California include Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys and Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley. Topics on the agenda include transportation funding, a subject of some debate this year, and the perennial CEQA reform.

ROLLIN’: Groups focused on California’s rivers will set up booths on the west steps of the Capitol and meet with lawmakers to discuss ensuring drought management considers the state’s waterways. Some of the advocates will arrive with a splash, paddling down the Sacramento River to a boat dock near Tower Bridge.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.

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