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September 21, 201i The Julian News 13 California Commentary ... [I , Reform Public Pensions Or Perish lM0 "by Carl DeMaio and Jon Coupal Could you imagine retiring at employees, are taking action. CABINS. LAND . . 50 years old, collecting more Petitions are circulating and II HOMES. RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS in retirement than you ever did signatures are being gathered to while working? place a revolutionary measure ) - That scenario is a reality in the City of San Diego -- and many other cities throughout California -- but only for a few privileged public employees who enjoy unbelievable, and unsustainable, pension benefits. Unfortunately, the ramifications of gold-plated pensions are proving disastrous for the taxpayers who are left holding the bill. As San Diego faces more than 10% unemployment, higher than the national average, inflation continues to drive the cost of living higher. Taxes and fees continue to increase while local infrastructLrre deteriorates to the point where San Diego is now ranked in the top-10 for worst road conditions in the country. Services are constantly being cut back. Libraries and fire stations have been closed, and even beach bonfire pits, those quintessential symbols of the carefree Southern California lifestyle, were nearly torn out this summer for a lack of funding. So where is all the money going? Last year the City's annual pension payment was $154 million -- a huge sum of money and a whopping 42% of the City's entire payroll. But it gets much worse over the next 15 years: By 2025 the city's pension payment will approach $500 million dollars per year and consume over 50% of payroll. You read that right, by 2025 taxpayers will be paying more each year for retired workers than those actually doing the work of the city. Common sense tells you that this system cannot possibly sustain itself. Calls for reform were shot down for years. We were told that pension payments were untouchable and taxpayers would just have to deal with the consequences. We were told that pension reform wasn't leg aLand, that the best we could hope for were minor changes to the plan for future employees, resulting in almost no immediate decrease to pension liabilities. We were told there was no hope. But there is hope. on. next year's primary election ballot to close the current pension system and shift all new employees into 401(k)-style retirement plans. The measure, which has been thoroughly vetted by a legal team and supported by San Diego's mayor and a coalition of reform-minded local leaders, is the first pension reform plan of its kind. For existing employees, the initiative requires everyone to pay their fair share of the cost of pension benefits. Like a buyout program, it also allows city employees who may be vested in the old pension system to voluntarily transfer to a defined contribution plan. This move will result in more take-home pay for city employees while saving taxpayers money. Perhaps most importantly, this plan will cap pensionable pay -- the amount of compensation used to calculate lifelong pension payouts. This greatly reduces city pension liabilities and prevents pension spiking where employees add bonuses, specialty pays and other sweeteners to base salaries before pension calculations. But pension reform is not just about saving taxpayer money and fixing the city's financial problems. It is about restoring fairness between city employees and taxpayers; taxpayers who don't get to experience a guaranteed pension payment every month beginning at age 50 or 55. Those kinds of benefits are unsustainable and they're unjustifiable. San Diegans have gotten the message and they're taking up the fight themselves, utilizing the initiative process to push these reforms through at the ballot box. As the skyrocketing costs of pe0sions continue to deteriorate local and state governrfieht, it is time for Californians everywhere to make their voices heard and demand real and lasting pension reform. Carl DeMaio is, a San Diego City councilman. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers I[I Panoramc V ew Home on 8,1acres 2 garages, 2,756 sq.ft. 6 bdrm/3 bath, remodeled. REDUCED TO $549,000 Julian Estates - 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq. ft., 4.42 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. Rustic 2 Bd / 1 Bath Home in Kentwood II with separate guest cabin on naturally landscaped .28 acre lot. Close to Julian and easy access. REDUCED TO $135,000 This CuyamacaLake view custom home in on 4+ acres 3 br, 2ba, 3 car garage, guest suite, 1330 sf bonus room and many custom -features ,3 Bdrm/2 Bath on 1.36 acres in lovely Pine Hills. Detached office/art studio. Garage, Handicapped Accessible. 4 Redwood Decks. 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A T ,- , , , DAg "IlL " at all there could be a huge = %IE FIRST THaT V/~ " ....... wave of good flowing .ght from ~,, \~ f lll my own school or community. I " know as teenagers we can be demanding, selfish and even "~- ~ " ~ ~"-- lazy at times. However, I also ......... .......................................know that we have a lot of energy and a lot of great ideas and passion for a positive change. I would like to say thank you to the Julian Women's Club for paying for my registration fee to attend HOBY. was a great experience and definitely life changing. ACROSS 1 Cage component 4 More, to Manuel 7 Actress Spelling 8 Island south of Sicily 10 November birthstone 11 Under the weather 13 Binary array 16 Marry 1 7 Poet James Whitcomb by Linda Thistle 1 7 8 7 4 1 3 6 6 1 9 1 6 7 4 8 9 9 7 3 9 7 4 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * Moderate ** Challenging * * * HOO BOY! 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. I It was Hungarian psychiatrist Thomas Stephen Szasz who made Foods for Healthy I the following sage observation: "If you talk to God, you are praying, If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia." The world's most popular fruit is the banana. In the United States, people consume more bananas than apples and oranges put together. Thomas Jefferson. was an inventor as well as a statesman, but he refused to take out patents on-any of his ideas. He believed that inventions should benefit all of humanity, not just himself. According to those who study such things, the average American believes the ideal age -- that is, .the best year of his or her life -- is 32. 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