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February 1, 2011 | 10:27 am

Following up on the hullaballoo in the city of Bell, where a Los Angeles Times investigation found council members and administrators receiving six-figure salaries for part-time work, State Controller John Chiang has scurried to unveil salaries of state employees. His office unveiled a new website Tuesday where anyone can look up how much, for instance, an animal control officer is paid in Calaveras County.

A quick look through the website reveals that for most people, working for the state of California is no way to get rich quick, although it may be a way to get very good teeth. An animal control officer in Calaveras County, the site reveals, was paid just $39,061 in 2009, but employer contributions to health, dental and vision plans totaled $10,446.

An automotive mechanic for Fleet Services in Fresno County — a job Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to downsize, as he proposes halving the state vehicle fleet — was paid $40,222 in 2009. The same automotive mechanic received $8,000 in employer contributions to health, dental and vision plans. The median salary for automotive mechanics in the U.S. is about $34,000.

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