John Moorlach for Governor?

24 Apr

I should get a good book, but instead I find myself sitting on the computer in the early morning, reading about public pensions and how they are destroying the economy.

You might have seen my letter in this morning’s Enterprise Record:

Letter: CARD pensions a drain on funding

Chico Enterprise-Record
Posted:   04/24/2013 12:00:00 AM PDT

At Thursday’s Chico Area Recreation and Park District board meeting, General Manager Steve Visconti said the results from the recent survey should be available at the May 16 meeting.

Regarding the survey, board chair Ed Seagle wondered, “Do we really want to push an aquatic center? Sounds like too much …”

The conversation turned to the “side fund payoff” recently made to CalPERS to cover employee pensions — $400,000. This payment, they said, had saved them a 7 percent interest penalty on their pension premiums. But it completely drained their capital projects fund and put them over budget.

Earlier in the meeting, a staffer had requested a supplemental budget allocation for more “coverage” for neighborhood parks. Apparently parks are being vandalized during broad daylight, and they need more supervision. They’ve closed the skateboard park repeatedly. These workers are part-time, and receive no benefits for cleaning up the parks and repairing damage from vandals. Subject to rules from CalPERS, they are not allowed to work over 30 hours.

The board did not approve this request.

CARD is management top-heavy. The administrators receive full benefits and pension for supervising the part-timers who do the actual work. They pay less than 10 percent of their premiums, and want us to pay the rest. They keep using “aquatic center” as a carrot, but here the board chair admits this is unrealistic and the real purpose of a bond or assessment is to pay pension premiums.

— Juanita Sumner, Chico

I signed that letter “Chico Taxpayers Association,” but editor David Little always drops that reference from my name. I don’t know what his problem is with our group – oh yeah, we opposed a tax measure that he supported, how could I forget Measure J!

I don’t have a subscription to the ER, so I look through the green screen at the titles of the letters, and then I google them. They pop up for free in the O-ville Mercury Register, what’s with that? Why do we have to pay to read a rag like the Enterprise Record when it’s all for free in the O-ville paper, right online? They don’t seem to be thinking too straight down at the ER these days.

This morning, when I saw that headline, I forgot I’d written a letter, and I thought, “oh boy! Somebody else is writing about the CARD bullshit!” So I googled it.

Wow, did I ever get a google-full.   All these articles from all over the United States about how public pensions are ruining our economy.

In Ohio, the cops and fire only pay 10 percent, their contribution is being raised to twelve percent, but the city’s contribution is being raised to 24 percent.

In Illinois, they’re cutting education funding by a few hundred million to meet their pension payments.

Florida has the third largest retirement fund in the US, with NO EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS.

In San Jose, CalPERS demands $5.7 million to dump city council pensions. What? 

We need to dump the collective bargaining laws.  Instead, Jerry Brown signed legislation in 2011 putting more onerous burdens on local governments in bargaining salaries and benefits, giving public employee unions more advantage in the contract talks.

Meanwhile, the California Republicans fight among themselves – the Republican party is split in California – Jack Lee and his friends have formed a “Conservative Republican Party,” or something like that. They don’t like “RINO’s”, so they all filed along and voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. That doesn’t make sense to me.  It’s a  pissing match, and we’re all the losers. 

We can elect a new governor in 2014. I’m looking at John Moorlach, a Republican who currently serves on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. I’ve read about Moorlach before – he correctly predicted bankruptcy for Orange County, one of the first government entities to go bankrupt in the US and the largest bankruptcy in US history, back in 1994. Moorlach then took the job as Treasurer/Tax Collector and presided over the next 12 years of returning economic health for Orange County.  After that he  got over 70 percent of the vote for supervisor.  We need a guy like Moorlach to fix what Jerry Brown and his friends have done to our state. Apparently he’s thinking about running. At 58, he’s prime, and he’s got a lot of fiscal experience under his belt. 

But, it would be good to find out more about this guy, by digging into the records in Orange County. I’ll start working on that. 

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