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California sheriff who says $276,000 pension not enough fuels push for reform
foxnews.com ^ | 02/21/2014 | William La Jeunesse, Lee Ross

Posted on 02/21/2014 10:18:53 AM PST by massmike

Efforts to overhaul California's public pension system are getting a boost as taxpayers voice outrage over a former sheriff who asked a court for $75,000 more a year in retirement pay -- on top of his current annual pension of $276,000.

The latest battle in Ventura County is being fueled by the case of former Sheriff Robert Brooks. He retired in 2011 with a salary of $227,000. Today, he collects $50,000 a year more than that, with guaranteed cost-of-living increases. But that wasn't enough. Now he's suing for $75,000 more, claiming it’s allowed under the law.

But voters may have the final say going forward. Ventura County voters will consider an initiative in November, similar to a possible statewide measure, that would funnel all new employees into a 401k savings plan rather than a pension. It would also, like an initiative passed in San Jose, give current employees a choice -- either increase their contributions or cut future benefits.

Unions, as might be expected, oppose the measures.

An analysis by the Los Angeles Times found 84 percent of the roughly two-dozen Ventura County retirees with pensions in excess of $100,000 made more money in retirement than working.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: pensionsystem

1 posted on 02/21/2014 10:18:53 AM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

If I had nerve like that I would rule the world.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 10:20:19 AM PST by jocon307
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To: massmike

And they can’t get Cali straightened out. Hmmmmm.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 10:22:31 AM PST by FAA
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To: FAA

With San Francisco, you’re surprising CA can’t get straightened out? *snicker*


4 posted on 02/21/2014 10:23:35 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: jocon307

Obama:”At a certain point,you’ve made enough money”......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0JkyZx1LdQ


5 posted on 02/21/2014 10:24:54 AM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: wastedyears

Not like LA is any better. Just not as freaky.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 10:32:45 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: massmike

~~~on top of his current annual pension of $276,000~~~

I feel his pain. Better send me his pension, instead.

I’ll try to struggle by on it.


7 posted on 02/21/2014 10:37:58 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: massmike

From the Greatest Generation to the Greediest Generation.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 10:40:32 AM PST by lodi90
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To: massmike
84 percent of the roughly two-dozen Ventura County retirees with pensions in excess of $100,000 made more money in retirement than working.

It's like that all over California thanks to CalPERS.

9 posted on 02/21/2014 10:41:43 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: massmike

10 posted on 02/21/2014 10:47:26 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: massmike

It must be like heaven on earth to live in a state so wealthy it can pay pensioners like that.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 10:49:10 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: massmike

This is the best reason to KILL public worker pensions and put them on SS just like the rest of us.


12 posted on 02/21/2014 10:52:49 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: massmike

“84 percent of the roughly two-dozen Ventura County retirees with pensions in excess of $100,000 made more money in retirement than working.”

That is criminal! Abolish public sector unions. I’m sick of my tax dollars funding democrat Party lackeys.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 10:55:57 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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Cali govt corruption is so widespread and ingrained---nothing will root it out. Govt insiders LOVE issuing bonds b/c they get a piece of the billions taxpayers are forced to repay.......financial bombs are secretly planted in bonding contracts that pay govt insiders til the end of time...... bonding companies' financial "thank you for the business."

EXHIBIT ONE--California School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan
npr ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Richard Gonzales / FR Posted by Biser

More than 200 school districts across California are taking a second look at the high price of the debt they've taken on using risky financial arrangements. Collectively, the districts have borrowed billions in loans that defer payments for years — leaving many districts owing far more than they borrowed. (Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...

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In 2010, officials at the West Contra Costa School District, just east of San Francisco, were in a bind. The district needed $2.5 million to help secure a federally subsidized $25 million loan to build a badly needed elementary school. Charles Ramsey, president of the school board, says he needed that $2.5 million upfront, but the district didn't have it. Why would you leave $25 million on the table? You would never leave $25 million on the table.

- Charles Ramsey, school board president, West Contra Costa School District. “We'd be foolish not to take advantage of getting $25 million” when the district had to spend just $2.5 million to get it, Ramsey says. “The only way we could do it was with a [capital appreciation bond].”

Those bonds, known as CABs, are unlike typical bonds, where a school district is required to make immediate and regular payments. Instead, CABs allow districts to defer payments well into the future — by which time lots of interest has accrued.In the West Contra Costa Schools’ case, that $2.5 million bond will cost the district a whopping $34 million to repay.”

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California is in a race with Illinois to see which state can become the Greece of America. The Golden State has a new über-bureaucrat....jaw-dropping details from a Bloomberg report.....More at townhall.com

14 posted on 02/21/2014 11:04:02 AM PST by Liz
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A Labyrinth of Govt Fraud----stories like this mean astonishingly easy, massive govt fraud.

REFERENCE Govt officials find 2nd off-the-books bank account / LAT / February 17, 2011

Montebello, Cali govt officials said they discovered yet a.n.o.t.h.e.r secret off-the-books bank account that once contained nearly $1 million in city govt funds. Officials do not know why the secret account was created, why it was never recorded on the city's general ledger or what happened to the govt money that was transferred out.

One signator on the secret account was former City Manager Richard Torres. City policy generally requires the treasurer to be a signator, not the city manager. The bank holding the secret account refused to disclose to the city who the other two signators are.

Revelations about a secret Union Bank account follow news of an off-the-books account at Banco Popular discovered earlier....That account contained about $240,000 govt monies; officials also discovered records that indicated tens of thousands of govt dollars had been transferred out. They do not know to whom or why.

City govt's official banker is Bank of the West. Officials have asked for bank statements and records and are hoping to reconstruct what happened. They have also queried every member of the govt finance department to ask if they know of any other off-the-books accounts. The Union Bank account came to light when an employee spontaneously alerted the finance director. Officials found out about the Banco Popular account when the bank contacted city govt because the account had been dormant for a while.

The news about the secret accounts comes as Montebello struggles to close a deficit that could force officials to make deep service cuts and lay off employees. Criminal probes have also begun in San Bernardino agencies for possible govt fraud.

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The $822,000-per-Year Bureaucrat and the Death of California
Townhall.com | Daniel J. Mitchell / 12/12 / Posted by Kaslin

The chief bureaucrat of a low-income California city getting almost $800,000 per year. Cops in Oakland getting average compensation of $188,000. Here are some of the jaw-dropping details from a Bloomberg report.(Excerpt) Read more at finance.townhall.com ...

A California psychiatrist employed by the state was paid $822,000, a highway patrol officer collected $484,000 in pay and pension benefits and 17 employees got checks of more than $200,000 for unused vacation and leave. The best-paid staff in other states earned far less for the same work, according to the data.

....…the state’s highest-paid employees make far more than comparable workers elsewhere in almost all job and wage categories, from public safety to health care, base pay to overtime. …California has set a pattern of lax management, inefficient operations and out-of-control costs.

Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t curbed overtime expenses that lead the 12 largest states or limited payments for accumulated vacation time that allowed one employee to collect $609,000 at retirement in 2011.

…Last year, Gov Brown waived a cap on accrued leave for prison guards while granting them additional paid days off. California’s liability for the unused leave of its state workers has more than doubled in eight years, to $3.9 billion in 2011, from $1.4 billion in 2003, according to the state’s annual financial reports. …The per-worker costs of delivering services in California vastly exceed those even in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio.

Actually, Gov Brown is making things worse, having seduced voters into approving a ballot measure to dramatically increase the tax burden on the upper-income taxpayers. ....so many bureaucrats now rank as part of the top 1 percent, they’ll have to recycle some of their loot back to the political vultures in Sacramento.

The data also reveal the motives that drive individuals and businesses to leave California. One of these, of course, is work. …Taxation also appears to be a factor, especially as it contributes to the business climate and, in turn, jobs.

Most of the destination states favored by Californians have lower taxes. States that have gained the most at California’s expense are rated as having better business climates.

The data suggest that many cost drivers—taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs—are prompting businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus.

15 posted on 02/21/2014 11:09:50 AM PST by Liz
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Judge Judy was incensed about this---is sending the court TV videotape to Congress.

LATINO PARASITE "JUST HERE FOR A BETTER LIFE" Seems this tax-sucking latino worked for Cali's San Bernardino County Dept of Corrections. He told Judge Judy he worked 9 mos and got 3 mos time off to be with his "children"---one of whom was college age.

JJ asked him how he supported himself those 3 mos off----he said he collected UI.

The Cali Dept of Corrections aided and abetted the scam---they calculately "laid him off" and rehired him 3 mos later.....signing off on falsified documents.

The parasite had been doing that for nine years..... falsifying govt documents to get UI tax dollars---AKA government fraud.....w/ Dept Of Corrections officials signing off on the fraud.

Now get this----when he was "laid off" to be with his "children," he was actually traveling to be with his girlfriend---she was suing him for a $4000 loan---which was why they were in JJ's court.

16 posted on 02/21/2014 11:16:30 AM PST by Liz
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To: massmike

Bookmark


17 posted on 02/21/2014 11:18:42 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ThomasMore

Any state can ban public sector unions, even if it isn’t a RTW state.

Change the state constitution to no longer recognize collective bargaining for public employees and the unions vaporize.

They aren’t protected by the NLRB.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 11:42:35 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: massmike
He retired in 2011 with a salary of $227,000. Today, he collects $50,000 a year more than that, with guaranteed cost-of-living increases.

The cost-of-living has increased 22% since 2011? He should be ashamed of himself.
19 posted on 02/21/2014 11:45:36 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: massmike

There ought to be a website, showing these beneficiaries of bad government, their retirement pay, and current address.

The site could show the math for their neighbors, of what the working population pays to keep them in their fat cat retirements.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 11:54:59 AM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: massmike

That’s been done all over the country—not only CA.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 12:05:32 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: FAA

The 6 state solution will solve everything!(sarc)


22 posted on 02/21/2014 3:53:20 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: familyop

How bloated public pensions sank California’s bankrupt cities
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2915220/posts

they’re not alone, but every city nearing bankruptcy you can bet is run by
democrats.

Republicans are loathe to touch police or fire unions.
Even Walker in WI exempted them from his union law.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 4:04:19 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: massmike

If California were run by the Mafia, this guy’s pension would have already expired.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 9:07:25 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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