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City at Noon: Gail Goldberg makes $200K and doesn't know where Los Feliz is


JM, Goldberg & Bernstein with some commoners, 1.17.08

Our City's Planning jefe Gail Goldberg makes over $200K a year, according to the Daily News's City salary database.

It's a funny salary, considering how much she pleads that her hands are tied to accomplish the will of the people in so many matters, like growth, say, or Sunland Tujunga's Home Depot kerfluffle. And that she seems to have problems getting from downtown to Los Feliz without a map. And how the Weekly doesn't seem to think she can plan a cup of coffee.

Her salary means she made $500 by noon today and will make $500 more by 5 p.m. tonight. In between, she'll open doors and roll out welcome mats to as many developers and contractors as possible, in the name of "smart growth," while the City gets more congested by the day.

It's a pretty good salary for the former homemaker who only studied planning late in life and got to apprentice in San Diego thanks to a sex scandal.

If you're wondering, the other half of her song and dance team, Ken Bernstein, who manages five people, takes home $140,000 for heading up the Planning Department's Office of Historic Resources.