This story from Public Sector might help.
“Tales of excessive public sector pay and benefits have become so commonplace in California that it’s difficult to be shocked anymore. But if there’s any story that can shake the numbness, it’d be this one, from the Orange County Register‘s Brian Calle:
“[In] the California coastal city of Hermosa Beach … some community service staffers who collect money from parking meters and manage their operations – positions once widely known as “meter maids” – are making nearly $100,000 a year in total compensation, according to city documents.
“There are 10 parking enforcement employees for the 1.3-square-mile beach city southwest of downtown Los Angeles, and they pull down some disproportionate compensation, considering their job functions. In fact, the two highest-earning employees for fiscal year 2011-12 are estimated to have made more than $92,000 and $93,000, respectively, according to city documents provided by Patrick “Kit” Bobko, one of five council members and who also serves as mayor pro tem.”