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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Orange County pension records show that convicted former Sheriff Michael S. Carona collected about $215,000 last year in retirement payments — and he was just one of more than 400 county pensioners who received more than $100,000 in retirement in 2009. Carona, who was convicted last year of witness tampering, remains free on bail pending appeal. But his indictment in 2007 rocked the county and forced major changes to the county's top law enforcement agency. Also on the list is former county Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron, whose investments led Orange County into bankruptcy in 1994.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
NATIONAL
August 3, 2013 | By Richard Simon
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. - Paul St. George worked 19 years as a firefighter, sometimes running into burning buildings for rescues. Once, he was injured when a wall fell on him. For his service, he counted on a promised $36,000-a-year pension. But in August 2011, this small city - with an $80-million unfunded pension, and retiree health benefit liability five times annual revenues - filed for bankruptcy. St. George's pension was slashed to $24,000. Pensions for other retired city workers also were drastically cut, even after retired firefighters and police officers pleaded, saying they had risked their lives for the city.
OPINION
October 14, 2010 | Meghan Daum
Women of California: You have been insulted. Not by the Beach Boys, who valued your bikinis over your brains. Not by Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg, whose electro-pop "California Gurls" makes some blanket assumptions about your willingness to participate in certain, uh, Jeep-based carnal activities. No, the misogynist of the hour is (allegedly) Jerry Brown. That's according to his opponent in the governor's race, Meg Whitman, who took umbrage at remarks recorded on voicemail after Brown inadvertently failed to hang up the phone when he left a message.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Tell Rall
So many Californians have left the Republican Party that GOP politicians are changing their official affiliation to "independent. " ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Put pension reform in California to the vote Let fat Americans pack it on -- but make them pay for it, too Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall . Follow Opinion L.A. on Twitter and Facebook . ...
OPINION
December 1, 2012
Re "Obama takes fight to social media," Nov. 29 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) once said that his most important job was to make Barack Obama a one-term president. He failed. Now, with the fiscal cliff ahead, perhaps he can accomplish something for the second most important thing to him: the American people. R. J. Cimiluca Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: A cop's reality Letters on letters: No room for the Nativity Letters: Pension reform without an election
OPINION
December 1, 2012
Re "AMC to wine and dine moviegoers," Business, Nov. 29 This is a dreadful idea. Servers dressed in black crossing between me and the screen? No thanks. Servers "quietly" punching in orders on electronic tablets, which most likely light up? Nuh-uh. Spending half a movie looking down in the dark trying to stab a fork into the expensive food? Please. Whatever happened to just watching the film? Dale Phillips Los Angeles ALSO: Letters on letters: No room for the Nativity Letters: Pension reform without an election Letters: More education makes better teachers
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Here's another outrage about the child abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School: If the teacher accused of spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded students is convicted and sent to prison, he'll still receive a public pension. Mark Berndt, charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct against children, is due nearly $4,000 a month. No matter the jury verdict. It's the law. Same deal for a fellow Miramonte teacher, Martin Springer, who was charged last week with three counts of lewd conduct alleging that he fondled a girl in his class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The federal government is withholding about $2 billion from transit agencies across California, including $268 million earmarked for bus, rail and street projects at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The money has been held back since December because the U.S. Department of Labor contends that a new state pension law violates the Federal Transit Act in the way it treats unionized workers of transportation agencies. Labor officials say changes in retirement benefits contained in the reform law undermine the collective bargaining rights of transit workers.
OPINION
July 1, 2012
Re "Cut aid to Egypt's generals," and "How Iran killed its future," Opinion, June 27 I was struck by the stark contradiction of these two pieces. Sarah Chayes implores the U.S. to cut aid to Egypt's military, thereby embracing the Muslim Brotherhood because it was democratically elected. Separately, Shahrzad Elghanayan discussed how Iran's newly installed fundamentalist government, immediately after the country's revolution, destroyed any future Iran had. Sure, we should support democracies.
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