Uh-oh: Los Angeles County retirees won’t disclose pension information – latimes.com & Brown vetoes replacement for senior care cut from budget – Bee Capitol Bureau

As I drive down the Freeway with my partner recently we’re sensitive to the big expensive toys of our emperor class of Public Employees, we see a big new shining red truck with a fireman sticker on the back of it, new rims and cherry red and we think that guy should thank us.  We’re paying for that truck.
He’s probably retired and on his way to the lake to his second house.  Maybe he’s got a double dipping job where he’s working at a different public employee job and racking up some more retirement benefits.   My partner sighs, I should have been a fireman.  We’d be rich and retired now and living the life on some other guy’s back.  We’re both proud to not be doing so.  We do value our honor. 

Now the Legislature, whose political campaigns are largely funded by the public employee unions are stripping services for the old and poor and least able to fend for themselves in order to fund the lifestyle of the lucky dogs who chose to be public servants.  Never did any of us dream that they would end up having the retirement income and lifestyle of millionaires at our expense.    The rest of us are working away, if we’re lucky to have jobs,  to foot the bill for all of them, and stay afloat ourselves.  

Well it doesn’t look too good when greed is going to put seniors out of their homes and into warehousing institutions, leave kids with no summer programs to keep them out of trouble, and is forcing closed other programs for the needy.   It’s just another picture for me to ruminate on in my head as we pass those trucks pulling boats to  cabins  owned by our contemporaries who hit the jackpot.  We jokingly laugh out loud how they should share their toys and homes with us, their friends in the private sector who are paying for all this wealth being sucked up by our new wealthy class of public servants.

Los Angeles County retirees won’t disclose pension information – latimes.com
By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2011

Los Angeles County retiree group won’t reveal pension information
Even as other counties are being ordered to disclose pension amounts, the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is standing firm against the trend.

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is refusing to disclose how much its retirees are receiving, even as other counties have agreed to make pension information public.

In the last two months, appeals courts have ordered retirement associations in Sacramento and San Diego counties to disclose the information, and agencies in other California counties are complying with requests to release information on the  pensions of retirees.
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Brown vetoes replacement for senior care cut from budget – Bee Capitol Bureau Posted at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011By Torey Van Oot  
 Bee Capitol Bureau

Gov. Jerry Brown riled advocates for the elderly and disabled on Monday with an announcement that he vetoed legislation to create a replacement program for senior care services scrapped as part of this year’s budget agreement.
Assembly Bill 96 would have allowed roughly half of the state’s 300 Adult Day Health Care centers to continue to operate under a new, federally approved program. It was approved in response to an agreement to ax the Adult Day Health Care services to cut state spending.

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Newly elected governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie, stood in front of 200 of his state’s mayors last week and told them basically that there is no more road down which to kick that proverbial can–From the WSJ’s Political Diary

“Behold! The newly elected governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie, stood in front of 200 of his state’s mayors last week and told them basically that there is no more road down which to kick that proverbial can. In his speech at the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mr. Christie began by calling the legislature’s $29 billion budget something out of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ He told the collected hizzoners that the old game of tax and spend was over. He described unhappy meetings in his treasurer’s office, where he was presented with 378 possible freezes and lapses to be used to balance the budget. He accepted 375 of them. One would think this frank talk would get a lot of media coverage, but as important as I think it to be, the only way I learned about it was from Mike Shedlock’s invaluable blog, Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis” — columnist Ron Smith writing in the Baltimore Sun. WSJ Political Diary, March 5, 2010
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CA’s Education Budget and Results & Wine Grower, 4th Generation Native of Central Valley, Expert on Clean Water Act on Water Wars: Sat, Aug 1, 2009

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This Saturday on the program Dr. Alan Bonsteel, President of California Parents for Educational Choice CPEC, joins us on the CA Budget battles and the impact on education funding, politics, policy and possibilities. CPEC is to thank for the push and progress to expose the real drop-out rates in California’s Public School System. With the fiscal disaster in Sacramento, the political and public education class are scrambling to cover up the numbers. California has the 37th worst graduation rate (68 percent).

“…And what have Golden State taxpayers gotten for nearly $70 billion spent on K-12 education and the behemoth educational bureaucracy? Test scores in reading, science, mathematics, and writing massively lag the national averages. Morgan Quitno Press ranks California 47th place in the country based on its proficiency results. And California has the 37th worst graduation rate (68 percent).” (World Magazine Aug 09 issue)

Also, Brad Goehring, born in 1965 in Lodi, is a fourth-generation San Joaquin Valley farmer. He has owned and operated Goehring Vineyards, Inc. since 1989. He is recognized nationally as a leading expert on the Clean Water Act and has been called to testify and submit written testimony to Congress, and is a Congressional Candidate for the 11th District of CA.

He joins us to talk about the radical environmentalist politics destroying the Ag industry in CA. We’ll talk about water and California’s Cap and Trade Legislation, AB32, signed into law by Gov Schwarzenegger in Sept 2006, and the impact it has had on CA’s jobs and economy.

We’ll also ask him about a recent interview he did with Debra Saunders of the SFChronicle, in which his experience with and perspective on immigration policy was trivialized and distorted. The favored bias, argued by Mark Krikorian in that piece, advocates zero tolerance for immigration of workers, and expects farmers to mechanize harvest jobs or we should instead import our food from foreign Countries–i.e. Be dependent on foreign food, just like we are on foreign oil. Not a good idea.

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