Are Santa Monicans paying too much for city employees?

A resident of Santa Monica asks:

Are Santa Monica residents paying excessively for city employees? According to information found on the TransparentCalifornia.com website, the total compensation cost for Santa Monica city employees came in at $266.4 million in 2013. That breaks down to $5,610 for each household in Santa Monica, compared to $3,870 in Pasadena and $3,550 in Santa Barbara.

Read the rest at the Santa Monica Daily Press.