Jerry Brown has rolled out his plan to address the public employee pension calamity with the full knowledge that it really doesn’t fix the problem and that the Democratic-Labor power structure he leads will never go along with it.
$100,000 she would make as mayor. Instead, the city would pay her a
pension based on her district attorney earnings, which are about
“This system, called reciprocity, allows public employees to
credit their highest pensionable earnings to different governments’
pension systems. Reciprocity would spike Dumanis’ city pension by
$43,000 a year more than if it were based on her mayoral
The total she could get: $305,000 a year.
“The analysis is conservative. It doesn’t take into account
potential judicial pay increases, any raises Dumanis could receive
as district attorney or any pension cost of living increases,” the website reports.
Dumanis insists she wouldn’t take the city pension and wants the system reformed but she opposes a June ballot measure that would impact all new city hires except cops. She wants firefighters lifeguards protected too.
“I think there’s something wrong with that system,” said
Dumanis, a Republican. “I didn’t create that system and I’m going
to fix that system.”
According to the article, Dumanis drew a distinction between pensions, saying it’s the city’s system that
is “unaffordable, unsustainable and needs reform. She defended her pension as one earned after decades of hard
work in public service. Her benefits were promised at a time when
pensions made up for government salaries that were lower than the
private sector. Partners at private law firms in the city, she
said, earn much more than she does as district attorney.”
It’s tough to be a reformer of a system that provides such unbelievable benefits to you as it does Dumanis. It isn’t any easier for Jerry Brown and the Democrats who are put into office largely with the help of money from public employee unions that get a huge return on their investment with lucrative pensions and benefits.
Sticking to new hires will not solve the pension crisis. There has to be a new deal for current public employees that ends the numerous abuses, raises the retirement age, requires sharply higher contributions.