You and what army are going to make me pay?

Dec. 24, 2012

By Chris Reed

The city of San Bernardino’s defiance of CalPERS’ demands for payment will be remembered as the first in a very long line of defiant acts from local governments in California as budgets that don’t add up force local officials to make tough and often unprecedented decisions. For local officials, telling Sacramento to take a hike is a much easier call than taking on those who benefit from city compensation policies or who benefit from city services.

Given CalPERS’ central role in so many local governments’ pension nightmares, there is a perverse sense of karma at play in San Berdo’s using bankruptcy protection to avoid its overdue pension payment. The decision of a judge to side with the city in its maneuvering will absolutely prompt other cities to copy it.

But a new act of defiance is more complicated. The city of Santa Ana’s decision on Friday to stiff the state on the $56 million it owes for redevelopment funds that state grabbed in 2011 has no legal cover such as a bankruptcy filing.

Redevelopment is a farce that deserved killing. The city of Santa Ana is poorly run. So was its redevelopment agency. So it’s tough to side with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, a very interesting fellow.

But the state government has been preying on local governments for so long when times are tough that it’s impossible to root for Jerry, Darrell, John A. and Monsieur Maviglio. And given that a redevelopment refund may help the state to keep the bullet-train fiasco alive, I’ve decided to root for Santa Ana.

There is also this: An era of local governments refusing to honor contracts will underscore what a disaster California has become since union power metastasized after Gov. Pete Wilson left Sacramento in January 1999.

Meanwhile, no one tell Politico’s crack staffers. They’ve bought Jerry Brown’s spin that his tax triumph means he’s a genius. Groan. Par for the course for East Coast saps.

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  1. Tax Target
    Tax Target 24 December, 2012, 08:22

    Brown is nothing short of a playground bully… and a dumb one at that

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 24 December, 2012, 09:49

    City after city will now seek freedom from the RAGWUS pension cabal. Let them fall to their knees and cry, because the citizens of this state will not be the slaves of overpaid, over benefited, and underworked government trough feeders!! Have a Merry Christmas all!!! :)

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  3. Douglas
    Douglas 24 December, 2012, 11:03

    And yet some cities (Vallejo is surely not the only one) Are ACCELERATING the hiring of officers to beat the deadline for the new pension formulas.

    To “attract and retain” qualified personnel. “Trough feeder” is surely in the eye of the beholder.

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 December, 2012, 12:12

    And yet some cities (Vallejo is surely not the only one) Are ACCELERATING the hiring of officers to beat the deadline for the new pension formulas.

    To “attract and retain” qualified personnel. “Trough feeder” is surely in the eye of the beholder.
    ==
    Officer” is a GED job, that is all the education it takes to be hired, it is an unskilled/semi skilled ENTRY LEVEL job that is all paid and trained for at the taxpayers expense. There are literally thousands of applicants for every ONE job opening. The jobs are given/gifted to the connected few (and lawsuit hiring decrees), typical family, friends and minorities. Don’t believe me, as the Vallejo PD police chief how his SON was hied on.

    Virtually ALL gov jobs pay above market wages and benefits, Bloomberg News just proved that in a 6 part exhaustive series;
    America’s Great Payroll Giveaway: a Six-Part Series
    •Part 1: In Race to Spend More, California Leads
    •Part 2: A Bidding War for Prison Psychiatrists
    •Part 3: Pension Funds Make Managers Rich
    •Part 4: Retirement Bonanzas
    •Part 5: Top Paid Cops
    •Part 6: Poorer Schools, Richer Pay
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-11/-822-000-worker-shows-california-leads-u-s-pay-giveaway.html

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  5. Ventura Capitalist
    Ventura Capitalist 24 December, 2012, 12:46

    That 6-part on Bloomberg is long, but a MUST READ.

    Here’s a summary:

    The Great California Government Union Swindle
    http://www.openmarket.org/2012/12/20/the-great-california-government-union-swindle/

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  6. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 December, 2012, 12:49

    There might be thousands of applicants, Rex, but you can be sure that the one’s who get hired possess more than GED’s. As far as family members getting jobs–if they are qualified, who cares. Cronyism and nepotism are nothing new in the market place–it exists in all employment sectors. I don’t know of any family members of the FF and PD personnel who are employed in my city–there are some in other depts.

    I don’t think it will take an army to make SB pay its PERS payments, Chris. It will probably take one piece of paper. I doubt that CalPERS wants to go into the business of operating a city.

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 24 December, 2012, 13:02

    Of course there are more going after govt jobs! They pay more and the bennies are great. And we pay them out of our salaries when we dont get what they get. There is something very wrong with this picture.

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  8. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 December, 2012, 13:30

    We pay more for food and clothing out of our respective incomes, US citizen–everytime the overhead increases. Its all relative, so stop your whining!

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  9. Donkey
    Donkey 24 December, 2012, 13:37

    SeeSaw, have you lost your mind? The cost of the RAGWUS is distroying this state and if not checked, the nation. We are reaching the point where the governement costs more than the take home pay of the private sector tax payers. ::)

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  10. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 December, 2012, 14:56

    Donkey, my spouse’s group, ABC medical insurance premium, for secondary coverage to Medicare, is more than his private-sector pension check. And the insurance company charging the medical premiums is from the private sector too. Judging from such statistics, which sector do you think is serving its partcipants and the people getting served best? My mind is right here–I have not lost it!

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 December, 2012, 19:30

    SeeSaw says:

    There might be thousands of applicants, Rex, but you can be sure that the one’s who get hired possess more than GED’s.
    ==
    Seesaw is wrong yet again, but who’s counting 😉

    80% of ALL hires in large metro LE agencies have ONLY a GED or HS diploma at hire. 80% seesaw. If they didn’t hire so many with just a GED or HS diploma why would they even met them test????… as the application process is both time and $$$$ intensive. Don’t answer, it was just a rhetorical question to prove how ignorant you are of the hiring practices of these so called public safety jobs.

    Ask Mark Fuhrman, Google that name and educate yourself.

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  12. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 December, 2012, 19:31

    Donkey says:

    SeeSaw, have you lost your mind

    Plead the 5th seesaw, plead the 5th!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 December, 2012, 19:34

    SeeSaw says:
    As far as family members getting jobs–if they are qualified, who cares.

    Lets see, a GED and clean record, how many people qualify for the job???

    Oh about 80%-90%, so I guess thisw 80 or 90 applicsants who do NOT get hired b/c the gov cop agency us hiring only the chiefs family cares. Then again you won’t understand as youre in on the scam.

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  14. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 December, 2012, 19:54

    I have no connection to “large” metro agencies, Rex. Why don’t you get real! You need to show documentation to prove that 80% of new public safety hires have only a GED, because I don’t believe it. I know that is not true in my municipality. Why would I be in on any kind of scam? I was miscellaneous, and I had nothing to do with Human Resources or Public Safety. But, I was there 40 years and knew scores of PD and FF employees–none were relatives of others on the same force, that I am aware of. So stop accusing me of things where you have no evidence and don’t know what in the heck you are talking about.

    It doesn’t take just a clean record and a GED Rex. The applicants must also pass written and physical agility tests; submit to psychological testing; take a lie-detector test; and make it through academy, where most recruits fail. Maybe you weren’t as qualified as you thought, Rex.

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  15. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 December, 2012, 21:34

    I have no connection to “large” metro agencies, Rex. Why don’t you get real! You need to show documentation to prove that 80% of new public safety hires have only a GED, because I don’t believe it
    ==
    Those are the stats, and have been fairly consistent.

    80% covers GED or HS diploma. Large metro area LE covers 75% of the 330K cops in the state, like LAPD/SD. The physical test amounts to running a mile in less than 10 minutes (even an obese hippos coud do that) and the written test is a 9th grade reading/comprehension test. So much for your claims about the rigorous testing process.

    Why don’t you tell us how LAPD Chief Charlie Beck got FIVE family members hired at LAPD seesaw??????? The odds of thta happening without it being foxed are about 10 million to one

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  16. eatingdogfood
    eatingdogfood 26 December, 2012, 06:19

    Democrats + Unions = BANKRUPTCY !!!

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  17. Douglas
    Douglas 26 December, 2012, 07:08

    What passes for logic:

    Some (1%) government workers get a 50% increase in pension formula:

    “SB400 INCREASED PENSIONS BY FIFTY PERCENT!!!”

    Some (1%) of workers are able to retire at 50 with 90% of final pay:

    “GOVERNMENT WORKERS GET FULL RETIREMENT AT FIFTY!!!”

    Some (2%) get pensions over $100,000 a year. 

    “GOVERNMENT WORKERS GET $100,000 FOR LIFE!!!”

    For all NEW government retirees with OVER THIRTY YEARS service, the average pension is $68,000.

    “THE AVERAGE GOVERNMENT PENSION IS $68,000!!!

    The MINIMUM requirement for police academy is a GED. 

    “EIGHTY PERCENT OF POLICE OFFICERS HAVE ONLY A GED (or high school diploma)!!!!”

    ”AND ALL TEACHERS GET EIGHT TO TEN PERCENT STEP RAISES ….EVERY YEAR!!!!!”
    ………………………
    IF ONLY

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  18. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 December, 2012, 09:28

    Dougie- I KNOW you hate the truth, but I am correct. You are again taking some of my comments out of context, the $68K AVERAGE CalTURDS pension was for 30 years or more of service and retired since 2010- that is a FACT.

    Gov employees can and do “retire” at age 50 with FULL/90% benefits.

    The troughers do get their pensions, including the “$100K club”, for life.

    Eucation for a cop/FF job IS a GED.
    Teachers do get annual “step” raises for 10-15, even 20 years.

    SB400 did increase pensions by 50%.

    Hey, truth hurts buddy, but copy and paste of my comments won’t change the facts, or your scam.

    I am beginning to think you can’t handle these truths and now just want to try to spin your way out of your deceit.

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  19. Douglas
    Douglas 26 December, 2012, 09:43

    I’m beginning to think you’r illiterate, innumerate, AND illogical.

    Looks like Ted was right all along.

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  20. Guess_Who
    Guess_Who 26 December, 2012, 10:09

    Rex the Wonder Dog –

    Noticed you are from the same area as Tough Love. Imagine that.

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  21. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 December, 2012, 14:18

    I’m beginning to think you’r illiterate, innumerate, AND illogical.

    Looks like Ted was right all along.
    ==
    :)
    Teddy is another trougher like you!

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