It’s becoming increasingly evident that The Orange County Register and some members of the far right are not actually interested in reforming pensions. They’re interested in further reducing the voices of working people and inciting anger among their base.
GOP Chairman Scott Baugh is touting the “Pension Boot Camp” as a “non-partisan” event. You see, you can do that if you want to, all you need are some good front groups with a names like California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, the California Independent Voter Network, Governing Magazine and the Pacific Research Institute.
The Peoples Inaugural celebration hosted by Orange County Employees Association and State Senator Lou Correa was a huge success yeaterday. Hundresds of people stopped by the tent on the Capitol lawn for free dogs, chips, and water. Our new Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust-Brown stopped by for a quick bite between scheduled…
On Sunday, Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) General Manager Nick Berardino responded to Supervisor John Moorlach’s op-ed regarding the looming state and local budget shortfalls and the impact of public employee pensions on that crisis. Berardino points out that OCEA members have taken the lead in reform and Moortlach’s rhetoric does more to move us backwards on the road towards futher cooperation.
Over the weekend Supervisor John Moorlach fired off a premptive Op-Ed in the Orange County Register attacking public employees and blaming their pension benefits for budget shortfalls and what the headline to his commentary describes as a “Formula for disaster.” Moorlach goes on with this misleading argument against defined benefit retirement plans.
OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino challenged County CEO Tom Mauk to a debate about executive compensation during the County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Berardino also called for Supervisors to start paying for their pensions during a discussion about whether Supervisors should move toward a defined contribution retirement plan.