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South Gate : Council Votes Itself a Raise

August 14, 1986

City Council members Monday tentatively approved a $200-a-month raise for themselves.

The five-member council voted 3-2, with Henry Gonzalez and William DeWitt opposed, to raise the salary to $600.

Mayor John Sheehy and Councilmen Del Snavely and Herbert Cranton voted for the measure.

The ordinance will come before the council for a final vote Sept. 8.

Gonzalez said he was opposed because the council recently gave city employees only a 4% raise and the council was giving itself a 50% increase.

The council, which last had a raise in 1978, is entitled to one under a state law that allows cities with populations of more than 75,000 to raise council salaries to $600, City Atty. Bruce Boogaard said.

State law also allows a salary increase following an election, Boogaard said. Snavely and Cranton were reelected in April.

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