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Assemblywoman Julia Brownley led the lower house with 10 pay raises sought this month for members of her personal staff or for the Education Committee she chairs, records show.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez recently authorized merit increases ranging from 3.6 percent to 5 percent for employees who had not received a pay hike in three years.

Other Assembly members who led the pack in seeking salary increases for personal or committee aides were Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, seven; Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley and Wilmer Carter, D-Rialto, five apiece; and Isadore Hall, D-Compton, and Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, four apiece.

Read the full list of raises here and The Bee story here.

The raises were not automatic: Lawmakers could opt not to request them for eligible employees.

Assembly rosters show that 258 Assembly aides received salary increases this month, roughly one of every five employees. Forty-three other aides saw their pay rise because they received promotions or assumed new job duties.

Among those targeted for a raise by Brownley, D-Santa Monica, were her chief of staff, Wendy Notsinneh, whose pay rose by $4,000 per year, 3.6 percent - from $125,004 to $129,504. The second highest-paid Brownley staffer to receive a raise was Sophia Kwong Kim, a senior education committee consultant, whose salary rose from $99,324 to $103,104.

Two Brownley aides receiving pay increases are on the low end of the Capitol salary scale, earning less than $50,000 per year.


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