Yesterday, the Board considered a proposal from Supervisor Bill Campbell to take Orange County out of the dark ages of back room political deals and insider influence trading into the 21st century world of government transparency. The proposal itself did not go nearly far enough, but it was a first step that required registration of paid lobbyists.
So here’s the $100,000 question: John Moorlach will you opt-out of the county defined benefit pension plan once you are sworn in for your new term on the Board of Supervisors?
When I wrote last week of Shawn Nelson’s pension plan selection, I did not realize that what I had learned was only the tip of an iceberg. As this iceberg has melted (probably the result of global climate change) Shawn Nelson’s true character has become apparent.
Shawn Nelson had the opportunity, as did Pat Bates and John Moorlach at the time they were elected as County Supervisors, to choose whether to opt in to the County Retirement system. Both Shawn Nelson and John Moorlach made the choice, despite their very vocal opposition to public employee pension plans, to take the very benefit they so strongly oppose.
Last week, the OC Weeklyâ€™s R. Scott Moxley wrote about the roaring debate over public employee pensions in “Death and Taxes.” While I appreciate his highlighting the contributions of myself and Dan Chmielewski to the debate with Steven Greenhut and Supervisor John Moorlach, I do have to take issue with the way he presented some of my comments, including the attribution of some statements out of context.
Earlier this week in Utah, a list of 1,300 people with their personal addresses, social security numbers and family memebers were sent out to media outlets, law enforcement agencies and other random targets. This got the state of Utah to investigate. It turns out two state employees who work in the department that issues food stamps and other social services are behind the list. You can read the story HERE.
John Seiler seems to think that State Senator Lou Correa is a communist. In a post yesterday he wrote â€œthanks to the profligacy of Lou â€œNorthâ€ Correa and others, state and local government pension funds in California are $500 billion in the red.â€ So exactly what about pensions for public employees is communist? Well nothing, but that doesnâ€™t stop Seiler from trying to make a connection where there is none so that he can use the phrase Lou â€œNorthâ€ Correa.