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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Uh-oh: Los Angeles County retirees won't disclose pension information - latimes.com & Brown vetoes replacement for senior care cut from budget - Bee Capitol Bureau

As I drive down the Freeway with my partner recently we're sensitive to the big expensive toys of our emperor class of Public Employees, we see a big new shining red truck with a fireman sticker on the back of it, new rims and cherry red and we think that guy should thank us.  We're paying for that truck.
He's probably retired and on his way to the lake to his second house.  Maybe he's got a double dipping job where he's working at a different public employee job and racking up some more retirement benefits.   My partner sighs, I should have been a fireman.  We'd be rich and retired now and living the life on some other guy's back.  We're both proud to not be doing so.  We do value our honor. 

Now the Legislature, whose political campaigns are largely funded by the public employee unions are stripping services for the old and poor and least able to fend for themselves in order to fund the lifestyle of the lucky dogs who chose to be public servants.  Never did any of us dream that they would end up having the retirement income and lifestyle of millionaires at our expense.    The rest of us are working away, if we're lucky to have jobs,  to foot the bill for all of them, and stay afloat ourselves.  

Well it doesn't look too good when greed is going to put seniors out of their homes and into warehousing institutions, leave kids with no summer programs to keep them out of trouble, and is forcing closed other programs for the needy.   It's just another picture for me to ruminate on in my head as we pass those trucks pulling boats to  cabins  owned by our contemporaries who hit the jackpot.  We jokingly laugh out loud how they should share their toys and homes with us, their friends in the private sector who are paying for all this wealth being sucked up by our new wealthy class of public servants.

Los Angeles County retirees won't disclose pension information - latimes.com
By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2011
Los Angeles County retiree group won't reveal pension information
Even as other counties are being ordered to disclose pension amounts, the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is standing firm against the trend.

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is refusing to disclose how much its retirees are receiving, even as other counties have agreed to make pension information public.

In the last two months, appeals courts have ordered retirement associations in Sacramento and San Diego counties to disclose the information, and agencies in other California counties are complying with requests to release information on the  pensions of retirees.
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Brown vetoes replacement for senior care cut from budget - Bee Capitol Bureau Posted at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011By Torey Van Oot  
 Bee Capitol Bureau
Gov. Jerry Brown riled advocates for the elderly and disabled on Monday with an announcement that he vetoed legislation to create a replacement program for senior care services scrapped as part of this year's budget agreement.
Assembly Bill 96 would have allowed roughly half of the state's 300 Adult Day Health Care centers to continue to operate under a new, federally approved program. It was approved in response to an agreement to ax the Adult Day Health Care services to cut state spending.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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