The Bee is finally starting to ask some of the right questions. There appear to be a few retirees that may have been involved in designing, promoting and passing the changes that allow some retirees to receive outrageous benefits, including themselves. But not all retirees are the problem. There are 2,721 retirees in the StanCERA system and 2,600 of them make less than $75,000 per year, while the average retiree makes under $22,000 per year.
Also, I did say "...anyone who doesn't do it (spiking) is a fool," however I also said that spiking should never have been implemented by the county in the first place. Furthermore, management can spike over 315 hours of vacation time, while most of the rank and file are limited to 80 hours of vacation time. Management also gets an additional 40 hours per year of management leave above their vacation. Are these fair and equitable treatments?
Who, why and how were these things implemented? It all starts with the Board of Supervisors and county management.
DENNIS J. NASRAWI