The financial shenanigans under investigation in the city of Bell have caused a scramble to climb aboard the "transparency" train. Government agencies are tripping over themselves to show their constituencies that they have nothing to hide.
Transparency is the new black.
Local agencies could take their cue from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD), which is operating in such a transparent manner that its website even has a button labeled "Transparency."
There, you can discover that each board member receives a per diem of $221 per day of service, not to exceed six days per month. The highest paid board member for the fiscal year 2009-10 was Arlene Schafer at $15,691 in salary and $1,201 in benefits. The benefits are described as "…a small premium the CMSD pays for a board member's Social Security and Medicare costs."