“Just as county leaders begin labor negotiations, there’s talk about the potential of seeking pension ballot measures like those seen earlier this month in San Jose and San Diego,” according to the labor-funded Voice of OC.
Apparently John Moorlach, the chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, has asked County Counsel Nick Chrisos to brief supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting about the terms of the measures in both cities as well as the legal challenges already arising from labor groups.
Moorlach and the other Supervisors have until July 31 to place a pension-related measure on the November General Election ballot. That is of course exactly what they should do!
The County of Orange is currently carrying a $4 billion pension debt load! If we rely on negotiations with labor, including OCEA Chief Nick Berardino, do you really think we will whitlle away at that figure? Not by much!
Of course Berardino and his cronies are focusing on the Supervisors’ pensions. That is a red herring. The voters will need to focus on the real problem – a $4 billion pension bill that we the taxpayers are going to get stuck paying while county workers retire early with fat pensions.
The voters in San Jose and San Diego, blue cities both, voted for pension reform on June 5. Give the voters in Orange County a pension reform ballot measure to vote for and I assure you it will pass!