On Thursday the Orange County Employee’s Retirement System (OCERS) announced that Chairwoman Patti Gorczyca resigned from the Board. Members of the Board receive a $100 per meeting stipend for their service, not much given the work involved.
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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?
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.
Pensions are not “paid by the taxpayer.” Pensions are paid by the employer, in this case public agencies, and the employees. The only interest the public has is in what compensation, including benefits, an active employee is being paid.
More than a year ago, then Board of Supervisor’s Chairman, “Chicken Little” Moorlach and his Mini-Me Mario Mainero convinced to Board of Supervisors to pursue the concept of suing the Orange County Retirement System to overturn the retroactive portion of Deputy Sheriff pension benefits negotiated and implemented in 2001. Even though the County paid forÂ several…