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Long Beach’s Robert Garcia is California’s 4th highest paid mayor

Long Beach is the state’s seventh largest city, but Mayor Robert Garcia was the second highest-paid mayor in California in 2016, according to government salary data released on Tuesday by the state Controller’s Office. Photo: Q Voice News staff photo

LONG BEACH — Long Beach is the state’s seventh largest city, but Mayor Robert Garcia was the fourth highest-paid mayor in California in 2016, according to government salary data released on Tuesday by the state Controller’s Office.

Garcia — the city’s first openly gay and first Latino mayor — was paid $143,419, with $39,941 in benefits.

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The state’s top-paid mayor was Ed Lee of San Francisco at $297,387, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was the second highest paid at $246,303. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was the third highest paid at $212,000, according to the data.

The Controller’s Office data includes 686,418 positions that generated a total of more than $44 billion in wages in 2016, in 53 counties and 470 cities that submitted their salary information.

The average compensation for municipal employees in California in 2016 was $65,125 in wages, with an additional $19,258 worth of retirement and health benefits.

Correction: This story has been updated. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was the state’s fourth highest paid mayor in 2016. 

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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