Tag Archive for Government Pensions

Jabba the Greenhut: Wrong Again!

You know, I just love it when people who should know better jump on their keyboards with an opinion before checking ther facts. I’m scrolling through the Register’s Orange Punch Blog and I find this post by Steven Greenhut titled “Corona Protects His Own Retroactive Pension Spike” Greenhut opens by claiming that Sheriff Corona was…

Lemmings on the march

Yesterday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors took a step towards challenging the decision of the Board of Supervisors in 2001 to grant an additional 1% of salary per year of service to the pension calculation for public safety officers.  The constitutional challenge, proposed by Supervisor Moorlach, affects both Deputy Sheriff’s and District Attorney Investigators…

A Gift of Public Funds… to Rich People with Boats

So Moorlach, why wasn’t this action by you and your colleagues not unconstitutional? Folded into the Orange County Budget Resolution for 2008 was the following as item #5: Authorize Auditor-Controller to pay 2003 through 2006 Possessory Interest Tax for Dana Point Harbor boat slip licensees of approximately $850,000 from Fund 108.  This item is related…

Black Helicopters: Hovering over Red County

Psst… I think Matt Cunningham’s off his meds. Black helicopters are part of a conspiracy theory, especially prevalent among the United States militia movement, that claims that special unmarked black helicopters are used by secret agents of the New World Order, United Nations troops, and/or the Men in Black preparing to take control of the…

Moorlach’s Folly: It Just doesn’t add up.

Over at The Tin Star Blog Sergeant wrote a couple of days ago (Thursday) about Supervisor Moorlach’s invention of a “Pension Spike” for Orange County Deputy Sheriffs.  While he agrees that there was an increase in the overall pension liability he makes a good point that Moorlach’s examples are more hype to promote his plan…

Moorlach’s Folly

“A public employee’s pension constitutes an element of compensation, and a vested contractual right to pension benefits accrues upon acceptance of employment. Such a pension right may not be destroyed, once vested, without impairing a contractual obligation of the employing public entity,” (Gutierrez v. Board of Retirement, 72 Cal Rptr 2nd 837 (1998); Betts v.…

Now This is Waste and Inefficency

From the LATimes Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer June 3, 2007 O.C. shells out for new officeholders’ digs In a county known for fiscal conservatism, the $1.1-million tab includes 52-inch flat-screen TVs. Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach bought an $8,990 desk for the reception foyer of his office, and spent $10,300 on shelving in the…