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.
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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.
Supervisor Bill Campbell “was surprised” to learn that his colleagues were introducing a last minute proposal for lobbyist registration. But he told his colleagues that the “devil is in the details” and after reviewing their proposal he felt it would be more appropriately named the “Citizen Registration Ordinance.”
Speaking on Wednesday to the Senate Local Government Committee, OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino denounced county and city officials who line their pockets while attacking the benefits received by public employees.