Critics say the city’s generosity during his terms played a significant role in boosting his popularity with public employee unions, a key ally in his campaign for governor.
By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2010
Reporting from Sacramento —
When Jerry Brown left the mayor’s office in Oakland to become California’s attorney general, perhaps nobody was sorrier to see him go than Kenny H. Lau, a soft-spoken building plans reviewer who more than doubled his annual salary with overtime seven times during Brown’s tenure, from 1999 to 2006.
In 2001, Lau’s best year, he supplemented his $76,137 base salary with $190,647 in overtime and $4,909 in other extra pay, pushing his total compensation to $271,694, city records show. He averaged $226,000 annually over the seven years.
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