June 18, 2011 2:00 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer
Government wages:

Almost $457 million in payroll for employees in 454 library, mosquito abatement, conservation, air quality and airport agencies have now been posted to the State Controller’s website, as part of the fourth and final phase in a transparency move triggered by the Bell salary scandal.

State Controller John Chiang collected and posted compensation information for city and county employees in October. He then ordered special districts across the state to report the same figures in waves, with salaries for wastewater, fire protection, animal control, cemetery and a dozen other agencies posted to sco.ca.gov over the last seven months.

New data for the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District shows 15 of the agency’s 58 workers made more than $80,000 per year in 2009, while six made more than $100,000. Another 14 listed workers are actually board members who receive just a $1,200 annual stipend.

There are 12 workers listed with the Mojave Desert Resource Conservation Project, charged with fighting against wind erosion, promoting responsible range management, water conservation and more in the Mojave Desert. However, five of those are unpaid board member positions and two staff slots were unfilled in 2009, with salaries for the remaining five ranging from just $2,485 for a project technician to $53,863 for the district coordinator.

There are no salaries or employees listed on the website for Southern California Logistics Airport Authority in Victorville beyond five unpaid board member positions. Those board members are the Victorville City Council members, who don’t receive any extra compensation for serving on the SCLAA board.

The rest of the SCLAA staff is listed on Victorville’s payroll, with an airport worker paid $40,467 in 2009 while the maintenance and fleet manager made $94,628. However, several of those workers have since been laid off or resigned, with their positions left unfilled.

Salaries for staff members at the Hesperia, Apple Valley and Adelanto public libraries are posted under the San Bernardino County Library system. Wages for the 465 countywide positions range from $164,183 for the librarian to $568 for one of the interns.

Victorville’s library positions are listed under the city’s salaries, ranging from $65,352 for the librarian to $23,895 for a library technician.

The Controller anticipates loading similar information for state employees later this month.

Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.

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