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L.A. Community College trustees approve salary plan

April 17, 2013|By Carla Rivera
  • Scott Svonkin, a member of the Board of Trustees at the L.A. Community College District, joins demonstrators in downtown Los Angeles during a tax protest Tuesday.
Scott Svonkin, a member of the Board of Trustees at the L.A. Community College… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

College presidents in the Los Angeles Community College District will get a lower car allowance, but a higher salary under a plan approved Wednesday by the Board of Trustees.

The action by the governing board was approved on a vote of 6 to 1, with Trustee Scott Svonkin dissenting.

Senior administrators receive a monthly car allowance of $1,530 -- the highest of any district in the state.

That allowance will be reduced to $500 monthly, effective July 1.

The difference of $1,030 will be used to increase the salaries of nine campus presidents and several other top administrators.

New salaries for presidents would range from $175,652 to $204,092, compared to the current $163,292 to $191,732.

Svonkin argued for eliminating the car allowance and not shifting money to salaries at a time when the district is dealing with significant budget cuts.

District officials acknowledged that the car allowance was high, but said that shifting the funds was appropriate because the presidents of the nine Los Angeles campuses are underpaid compared to their peers statewide.

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 carla.rivera@latimes.com

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