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Retirement is a long way off for 28-year-old Wallace Miles. So, the lack of a pension plan at the small Los Angeles market where he works does not bother him--yet. "I don't think too much about (a pension) at the moment," said Miles, who manages Papa's Grocery in the Crenshaw district. "Maybe down the road, I will have to have it . . . because it's going to help in the long run."
November 3, 2011
Questioning Cain Re "Harassment allegations trip up Cain," Nov. 1, and "Cain tries to explain his side," Nov. 2 It is very possible that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain truly believes he did not sexually harass any woman. Men of a certain age have no idea what sexual harassment is; their definition involves touching, groping, sexual language and suggestive gestures. They do not understand that their subtle messages, such as the admiring looks and comments about female attire or hairstyles made in places of business, can cause women to feel threatened.
October 31, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Gov. Jerry Brown would be the first to admit that rolling out a 12-point pension reform plan is the easy part. Brown has always belittled the notion of multipoint plans, dismissing them as targets for cheap shots. Of course, he's usually most adamant about that when he doesn't have a plan and is being pressured to produce one. But Brown is essentially correct. A plan without execution is merely an academic exercise. Plans are a dime a dozen. They can be found in any college faculty lounge.
June 20, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Democratic legislators read the polls. They heard the voters of San Jose and San Diego - San Jose, for crying out loud, a Democratic bastion. They understand that voters everywhere are demanding public pension reform. And they will deliver. They promise. It's just that it probably will not be before they start a monthlong recess July 3. Pencil in late August, just before they knock off for the year. You might have thought there'd be a greater sense of urgency by the majority party in the state Capitol, given that on June 5 voters in San Jose and San Diego, by landslide margins, adopted dramatic cutbacks to their city pension plans.
January 19, 2010
Public employee pensions have made it more difficult for the city of Los Angeles to weather recessions. When the economy falters, so do the investment earnings that keep the pension payments coming to former police officers, sanitation workers and other government retirees. The shortfall is filled out of the city budget, which leaves less money to pay for other municipal services. This year, city officials may ask voters to cut back on retiree benefits for newly hired city workers, creating a second tier of pensions.
July 25, 2010 | Steve Lopez
The sad reality, dear Californian, is that depending on where you live, you may be personally contributing to the insultingly fat pension of ousted Bell city administrator Robert "Ratso" Rizzo. And if the estimates of pension reform advocate Marcia Fritz of Sacramento are accurate, the 55-year-old Rizzo's bloated $787,637 salary could translate into even more than an earlier guess of $600,000 a year. "I estimate the pension will be $710,000," said Fritz, an accountant. That alone would add up to more than $14 million if Rizzo lives to 75. But Fritz says that on top of his pension and other benefits — are you ready for this, folks?
May 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
A nationwide strike to protest pension reform brought Greece to a standstill Thursday, with banks and businesses closed and tourists blocked from ancient sites or stranded on islands. About 10,000 demonstrators marched outside Parliament during the second mass strike in three weeks. Labor unions strongly oppose the Socialist government's plans to overhaul Greece's near-bankrupt pension system.
October 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Post offices and schools were closed, hundreds of flights were canceled and buses and trains were idled in Italy as millions stayed home to protest government plans to reform the pension system. The general strike was called by Italy's three largest unions, which also organized about 100 demonstrations in piazzas across the country.
After five hours of sometimes angry debate, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a watered-down pension reform plan that allows most senior county officials to continue receiving unusually high retirement benefits. The vote was a partial but disappointing victory for Supervisor Gloria Molina, who waged a two-year battle to rescind pension rules that boosted the retirement pay of senior county officials by 20% at a cost to taxpayers of more than $400 million.
January 24, 2011
This state doesn't fly Re "Boeing to lay off 900 at C-17 plant," Jan. 20 I found myself sad and angry reading the article concerning layoffs at Boeing's Long Beach factory. I remember that when I entered the Southern California aerospace industry in 1952, business was booming and jobs were plentiful. When I retired in 2005, aerospace was virtually dead in the region. The main reason for the decline relative to other states is the cost of doing business in California.
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