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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: Part 2

There are plenty of reasons why Supervisor Moorlach’s assumptions related to the retroactive portion of pension benefit changes for the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs are wrong.  In the first installment of Moorlach’s Folly I covered the primary point used by Mr. Moorlach to justify his proposal.  Today, I’ll cover his other two “Constitutional” reasons and…

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.…

The OCTA Strike Is OVER!!

Finally! We have some good news on the OCTA Strike. The OC Register is now reporting that a deal has been struck between OCTA and the bus drivers. The senior drivers will finally be getting a fair deal, new drivers will be getting a nice salary increase, and the riders should be able to get…