You would think that in light of the fact that cities in Ventura County are hard-hit by the Bell scandal the public employees would give a guy a break for mentioning pension reform.
Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy was lambasted Tuesday for his proposal to submit future public pension increases (except COLA adjustments) to the voters. Not only did the proposal fail to even get seconded, Foy was subjected to a hail of criticism.
A public employee union attorney said the bill was poorly written and that Foy was derelict in his duty if he couldn't make decisions on his own. A senior county planner echoed that sentiment, saying that Foy abdicated his responsibilities as an elected official.
Just so that I understand correctly: seeking the voters' input is an abdication of an official's responsibility? Keeping the voters in mind IS their responsibility!
Another public employee said that Foy's proposal does nothing to address the "real" problems in Ventura County, as if the supervisor hallucinated that the pension fund costs the county $2.5 billion.
Supervisor Steve Bennett was kind enough to make a PowerPoint presentation highlighting all the reasons why Foy's proposal is unworkable.
Of course, the public beatdown of Supervisor Foy is the exact reason why we have out of control pensions in the first place--people are intimidated from even bringing it up. A simple 4-1 vote would have sufficed, but instead Foy had to be punished first.
Meanwhile, the county, state, and the country are pushed even closer to fiscal disaster.