He also discussed the possibility of a future ballot measure to fix pensions state-wide, which would include public votes on pensions. His take was that politicians get re-elected with union help, in part by approving generous pension benefits. When the bill comes due, those politicians are long gone, having reaped the electoral benefits, but leaving the taxpayer holding the bag. This is why the public should get to vote on pensions. He also said that pension increases should be limited to the increases of the CPI.
Tony Krvaric was also there, it was good to shake his hand. I congratulated him on his win in the San Diego Rostra mayoral prediction contest. He described Faulconer's mayoral campaign as "flawless."
What You Should Be Reading:
- Costa Mesa city council members are involved in a fight with the police union over contract negotiations. The truth about whether the union and its legal team were behind a false report of drunk driving against a council member may come out soon when the P.I. who phoned in the complaint is deposed.
- Not Craig Gustafson, formerly of the U-T, who is now Mayor Faulconer's Press Secretary. I thought he had done a great job covering local politics at the U-T. Congratulations and sorry to see him leave reporting.
- Kathy Hamilton at CalWatchdog.com provides details that prove there is really no money for the high speed choo-choo.
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— Craig Gustafson (@gustafsoncraig) March 7, 2014