OC Sheriff vs Supervisors: Public Pension Crisis & Union Politics #501
September 11, 2007One Comment
Orange County, CA. The Full Disclosure Network ® presents two half-hour cable TV programs in an on-going series covering the escalating Public Pension Crisis. These latest episodes cover the Orange County California battle over public safety employees retroactive pension benefits granted by the Board of Supervisors in 2002.
Newly elected Supervisor John Moorlach, whose candidacy was opposed by the Orange County Sheriffs Deputies union, is leading a battle to rescind the “retroactive” portion of pension benefits granted to Deputies and District Attorney’s personnel who have already retired. Defending his Deputies and opposing Moorlach is Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. Also appearing in the programs is Mario Mainero, Chief of Staff and legal advisor to Moorlach.
Here are just a few highlights and quotes from the programs:
- Supervisor John Moorlach describes state legislation sponsored by public employee unions that enabled public safety employees to receive “retroactive” pension benefits, saying it amounted to being “paid twice for services rendered.” Other Constitutional violations are cited.
- Sheriff Mike Carona explains that the legislation was intended to provide“ a benefit enhancement to aid recruiting and retention” of badly needed public safety employees. And, the Board of Supervisors knew the risk and liability before they approved the benefits.
- “Greed Has A Way Of Blinding You” Moorlach claims the reason public safety unions pushed for overly generous benefits is because the Deputies say to themselves “I deserve this” and he says “they are not thinking about the other services that will have to be cut…. “other public services for the homeless, welfare, healthcare and layoffs, people will have to stand I line” he said.
- Draconian Tactics: Sheriff Carona takes issue “with the way he (Moorlach) is going about this”. He says both he and Moorlach were opposed by the public safety union but describes Moorlach’s actions as retaliation and Draconian tactics, by also threatening to take away the Harbor Patrol duties from the Sheriff’s Department, creating a Citizens Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department and removing Department control of a Special Needs Funding Account.
- Is It the Right Thing To Do? While John Moorlach describes the move to rescind retroactive benefits as “the right thing to do”, Sheriff Carona describes John Moorlach’s actions as a: full frontal assault against the Deputies” and that it “is not good Statesmanship” saying “He should not be using his authority (as Supervisor) to take it out on them.”
- Mario Mainero, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Moolach, cites the Sections of the Constitution where the pension benefits could be considered unlawful and states that this is a “Rule of Law” issue