Skip to comments.Bankrupt California City Votes Pro-Union Politicians Out of Office
Posted on 02/07/2014 7:56:10 AM PST by Kaslin
The inevitable shape-of-things-to-come has finally arrived in a major California city. I am pleased to report Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino sweep old guard from power.
Residents of bankrupt San Bernardino, California on Tuesday voted to complete a rout of the city's pro-union old guard, electing business-friendly pragmatists who have pledged to try to reduce pension costs and take on vested interests.
As San Bernardino enters into a fourth month of mediation with its creditors, the biggest of which is Calpers, California's giant retirement system, voters on Tuesday elected Carey Davis as the crisis-hit city's new mayor.
Davis, a businessman and political novice, ran in part on a campaign to reduce the city's pension obligations. In an interview in November, when he became one of two mayoral candidates, he said the city had to cut spending on police and fire departments, currently more than 70 percent of the budget.
"You have to roll the pensions back," Davis said in November. Davis did not return calls on Wednesday.
Davis will play a big role in how the city approaches negotiations with its creditors. He will be part of a small team of elected officials who represent the city as the debtor in the bankruptcy.
Along with Detroit, the biggest U.S. city to seek Chapter 9 protection, San Bernardino is likely to set precedent on whether retirees or Wall Street bondholders suffer the most when a city goes broke.
Davis defeated a San Bernardino political veteran, Wendy McCammack. She ran for mayor despite having been ousted by voters from her own council seat in a recall election in November.
Also on Tuesday, another political novice, Henry Nickel, became a new council member, saying he wanted to take on special interests. Nickel's biggest challenger was Randy Wilson, a police sergeant endorsed by the police union, the only candidate for that seat who did not support pension reform efforts.
Tuesday's results follow elections in November, when the balance of power in San Bernardino's seven-member council shifted dramatically away from an old guard reluctant to take on unions and reduce pension obligations.
After Tuesday night, six of seven council members are now on record as saying they want to explore reducing San Bernardino's pensions, along with Davis, the new mayor, and a new city attorney, Gary Saenz.
Expect a Hard Line On CalPERS
This kind of broad sweep eventually had to happen. I am not sure why it took so long, but even Taxifornia is finally fed up with public unions and the damage they cause. One bankrupt city after another will go this route.
I wish them luck but the only Union more powerful then the NEA is CalPERS.
UAW isn’t even close.
May this same Voter Result sweep across the Nation.
Reworded slightly for liberals:
San Bernardino is likely to set precedent on whether retirees or evil Wall Street bondholders suffer the most when a city goes broke.
I wonder if Suze Orman is still reccomending Muni Bonds?
So little, so late.
Being that I live in California (Riverside County), hopefully this is a sign of things to come in the state.
The precedent was set when 200+ years of bankruptsy laws were ignored in order to screw GM’s bondholders and give the company to the Union.
Too late to make the fix and easy fix. Now the damage has to be repaired. The California voters chose to get into this mess.
"Why are People Fleeing Los Angeles for San Bernadino?"
I'm surprised every time I drive to Vegas or Palm Springs how much development is going on in SB. People are moving further and further out as the cost of housing continues to soar in LA -- and the quality of life continues to decrease.
“So little, so late.”
Isn’t that always the way though? But here, as Maggie Thatcher was fond of saying “ the Liberals have finally run out of other people’s money!” Government has also run out of alternatives.
The can finally got kicked to the end of the road.
I agree, but for now I hope it sweeps the state first.
They deduct from our checks for the pension plan now. My guess is that amount will keep growing because we have people retiring at 100% of their salary. There is no way we can afford to pay that many people to not work. The politicians “raided” the pension plan to pay for other programs.
But remember, this is the government and the government has an endless amount of our money.
California is in a LOT of trouble. This drought is going to destroy what’s left of any of these struggling cities.
re Calpers: ignore them
Don’t pay them any more, any thing.
The can finally got kicked to the end of the road.”
Yeah, at the end of the road, they found a wall.
“California is in a LOT of trouble. This drought is going to destroy whats left of any of these struggling cities.”
Well, it’s raining in NorCal today and will continue, heavy at times, through Sunday, so at least our landscaping will get a reprieve.
Excuse me but shouldn't you call ABCNBCCBSCNNFOX and let them in on the huge news that CalPERS has suddenly reorganized as a labor union???
Perception is everything.