(ran Beach, South editions)
After debate that salaries above $100,000 are excessive for city employees, the South Pasadena City Commission passed a resolution last week capping City Attorney Linda Hallas' salary at the current rate, $106,012.
Commissioner Dick Holmes had tried to put a lid on the salary a month ago, but his motion died for lack of second.
On Tuesday, Holmes praised Hallas and amended the resolution, which would have originally frozen Hallas' salary until 2000. The new ordinance freezes the salary indefinitely, but the commission can revisit it anytime.
"I wouldn't trade our city attorney for any other city attorney I've had experience working with," Holmes said. "I'd be very disappointed if she ever left the city."
Mayor Fred Held pointed out that Hallas does oversee city planning issues and writes grants in this city, which has fewer than 6,000 residents. Still, Held seld, "When you get to a certain figure, you have to look at the financial and fiscal responsibility we have."
_ CHRISTINA HEADRICK