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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:10 am, Tue Jan 17, 2012.

A Superior Court judge recently ordered the release of all pension data for 50,000 Los Angeles County government retirees, rejecting arguments by the union that the records are confidential. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association had, for two years, resisted turning over even the names of pension recipients.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant's ruling ended a years-long battle for pension transparency in California and held that the Los Angeles Times and taxpayer advocates are entitled to know the retiree's start date, years of service at retirement, the pension formula and the gross medical benefits of Los Angeles County retirees. Scores of LACERA's 50,000 retirees receive six-figure pensions.

In the last 2 1/2 years, eight different California Superior Court judges have ruled in favor of pension transparency. It appears the advocates of openness have defeated the forces of secrecy.

David Renison


San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association

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  • Alex Kennedy posted at 5:37 pm on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Eew, Darrell and I finally agree. I feel like I should take a shower or something to wash it away.

    I think everything can benefit from transparency. In fact, if they can make a cottonesque fabric that is transparent I would be all for transparent underware.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:15 am on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1903

    I think the average taxpaying American has no idea how much government retirees are making. Staggering percentages are commonplace. I know for a fact that a retired employee of SJ Count makes in excess of $120K/yr IN RETIREMENT. Retirement for service is fine, to a point. There are thousands of retired government employees laughing all the way to the bank AND those retirements are guaranteed regardless of what the economy is doing. Laying off teachers, firemen, police and other critical workers so that these crazy retirements can be paid is plain nuts. Perhaps a little exposure will enrage the taxpayers enough to take action.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:10 am on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    great news!


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