City employees in San Bernardino, Calif. are receiving nearly $1 million in pay raises despite the city's shaky financial situation, according to reports from the Press Enterprise newspaper.

The pay increases come because the city's charter is structured so that police and fire salaries are set annually by taking the average of 10 comparable California cities. The survey cities include Pasadena and Irvine, which have average household incomes twice that of San Bernardino, according to the report.

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