If you draw a California pension your name and amount should be public records. 50 year old Goleta water manager receives full pension at 50, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

I already have the main contradictions in regards to the SBCERS Pension. I will expose false present values using past reports, I am just waiting for the opportune time to expose there corruption! As for foreclosures in Santa Barbara:

http://sbcassessor.com/ClerkRecorder/Browse.aspx
I searched             Notice of Defaults                           Notice of Trustee Sales and                   Trustee Transfers.
2716 Records Avg 208 a month            2587 Records  Avg.199 a month           1387  Records  Avg 107 a month
Wow but why do we have anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 Real Estate documents filed in this County a year. That averages out to more than 1 document per parcel that is awful high. What local news paper is posting all the opportunities for Real Estate investors.

The above data covers 11/01/09 through today!


Why does Santa Barbara Media fail to uncover anything in regards to the SBCERS pension fund and similar abuse’s other CA. County’s are trying to expose?
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:17:53 -0700

Below is some local pension data I find disturbing.
PERS Safety, 3% @ 50; the City contributes 100%. The City does not participate in Social Security. Now below Michael Alvarado is drawing a retirement from the Goleta Water department. Since he and I are close in age how is a water manager drawing a pension at 50 years of age? Is the water company now considered a safety position equal to the extended benefits of Law Enforcement? It is another clear abuse of our pension system that cost us Law Enforcement protection? I am just asking as a concerned citizen can we say Bell Ca.

http://www.californiapensionreform.com/database.asp?vttable=calpers

Name Monthly Annual Employer
ALVARADO, MICHAEL $8,583.13 $102,997.56 GOLETA WTR DIST
WALSH, KEVIN $10,956.40 $131,476.80 GOLETA WTR DIST
KENT, JOAN $15,995.00 $191,940.00 SANTA BARBARA

Joan Kent retired as Assistant City Administrator and some how she receives almost 100% of her top salary for a position she only held 9 years.
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santabarbara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&ClassSpecID=71962
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Class Title: Assistant City Administrator
Class Code: 01029
Salary: $76.08 – $92.48 Hourly
$6,086.37 – $7,398.03 Biweekly
$13,187.14 – $16,029.07 Monthly
$158,245.68 – $192,348.84 Annually

Do our Santa Barbara Police force receive these kinds of benefits 1600 to spend on benefits and 539..00 car allowance a MONTH?
Benefits

THE ANNUAL SALARY is within an established range, based on qualifications and experience. INCREASES, through the top of the salary range, are tied to job performance. Employees receive annual performance reviews.

THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS may vary:

Note: Part-time employees receive pro-rated benefits, e.g., 50%, 60%, etc.

  • The City is a member of the Coastal Housing Partnership, which offers home loan assistance and rental reductions.
  • 9/80: Standard Citywide 9/80 work schedule with closures on alternate Fridays.
  • Flexwork/Telecommuting is available.
  • Vacation is accrued at 160 hours / year, increasing with City service.
  • Management Leave (40 hours) is provided each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).
  • Personal Leave (32 hours) is provided each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).
  • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 96 hours / year. Also, after 5 years accrue 16 hours / year up to 240 hours max in non-replenishable bank.
  • Holidays: 10 holidays (80 hours) are observed / year.
  • Car allowance is provided at $539 / month.
  • Retirement: PERS Miscellaneous, 2.7% @ 55; City employees contribute 6.673% of salary (pre-tax) towards their retirement. PERS Safety, 3% @ 50; the City contributes 100%. The City does not participate in Social Security.
  • Insurance including medical, dental and vision benefits is available under a group plan. Cafeteria 125 Plan: The City will contribute $1,602 / month. The employee distributes this money toward the various cafeteria plan options.
  • Life Insurance: City-paid term life insurance (1 x annual salary) is provided.
  • Employee Assistance Program: A City-paid EAP is available for employees and members of their household.
  • Long-term Disability Insurance is provided.
  • Short-term Disability Insurance is available.
  • Deferred Compensation Savings Plans (457) are available to employees through a deferred compensation program.
  • Uniform allowance will be provided by the City to those employees required to wear a uniform.
  • Police Chief eligible for Advanced POST pay $656/month.
  • Employee must pay an amount equal to 1.45% of salary toward Medicare. An equal amount is paid by the City.
  • Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Sonoma County SCERA pension. Should our Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors release SBCERS Pension Fund Records? We have the right to review the names and pension payments to prevent further pension fund abuse!

    Why has our Santa Barbara or all County and State media not taken a similar course of action. With regards to investigating the SBCERS Pension and other State and County funds for possible additional corruption?

    Press Democrat sues for release of pension records

    By BRETT WILKISON
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
    The Press Democrat has sued the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association in an effort to to force the disclosure of public pension records.
    The move follows numerous public records requests by the newspaper seeking the names and pension payments made to Sonoma County government retirees.
    SCERA officials have denied those requests, saying a state law governing county-run pension systems, including Sonoma County’s, requires that such information not be disclosed.
    But the California Supreme Court and state Attorney General have in the past overruled similar claims about the confidentiality of government salaries, concluding that the public has the right to such information, attorneys for The Press Democrat wrote in a lawsuit filed Friday.
    Judges in four California counties also have concluded recently that such pension information should be made public.
    “Nevertheless, SCERA insists on keeping the public in the dark about the identities of retired Sonoma County employees who collect large pensions funded by taxpayers,” the lawsuit states.
    Catherine Barnett, executive editor of The Press Democrat, said Friday the information sought serves an important public objective.
    “There is only one way to make informed choices as politicians grapple with the growing discontent over the disparity between public and private pensions. And that is to know the dollars and cents of these pension amounts,” she said.
    SCERA officials said Friday that they needed more time to review the lawsuit before offering any detailed comments.
    “The Board has carefully reviewed the previous requests by The Press Democrat and believes there are serious legal issues regarding the release of confidential information about retirees,” said Jerry Allen, chairman of SCERA’s board of trustees.
    Taxpayer anger over the skyrocketing cost of public pensions has fueled the standoff between media organizations and pension overhaul advocates on one side and public pension systems on the other over the release of records.
    In the wake of the recent court decisions, four county-run pension systems in the state, including Marin County, have voluntarily disclosed their records.
    Holdouts include Sacramento County, where pension officials have appealed a court ruling that would have forced them to turn over records. SCERA joined in that appeal in August after declining another of The Press Democrat’s public records requests.
    A group of former county workers who receive benefits from SCERA, the Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees, has not taken an official position on whether pension records should be made public.
    Carol Bauer, the group’s president, said she suspected many of the members would prefer not to have their names and pension payments published.
    “We think that SCERA has some right to anonymity,” she said.
    SCERA oversees retirement benefits for nearly 8,000 current and former local government employees, most of them connected with the county.

    http://www.watchsonomacounty.com/2010/10/county/press-democrat-sues-for-release-of-pension-records/

    County pension board refuses to release names

    Posted by Ted Appel in County on August 19th, 2010 tags: , , ,
    By BRETT WILKISON
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
    Sonoma County pension officials will continue to withhold the names and pension amounts of its top-earning retirees pending the appeal of a recent court decision that ordered such information be made public.
    The board of the county’s retirement association also decided Thursday to join in support of Sacramento County’s retirement system, which last week filed the appeal in the court case.
    The moves follow a recent request by The Press Democrat that the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association, or SCERA, release the pension information.
    In their regular meeting Thursday, board members gave direction to Gary Bei, the association’s administrator, to reject that request, at least until the courts clarify legal questions surrounding the issue.
    A law governing 20 county-run pension systems in California, including Sonoma County’s, requires that the names and pension amounts of retirees not be disclosed, SCERA officials say.
    But judges in four California counties, including the recent Sacramento case, have concluded that the pension information should be made public.
    “The advice that we’ve gotten from counsel is that none of the court rulings that have come out have decided this,” said Gerald Allen, the board chair, explaining SCERA’s stance. “As of this moment, our policy appears to be legally the right one.”
    SCERA has rebuffed previous public information requests from pension overhaul advocates and The Press Democrat that sought names and figures on the system’s top-earning retirees.
    In 2009, there were 55 retirees receiving more than $100,000 annually in retirement benefits, according to SCERA records. Those retirees represent about 1.6 percent of the association’s roughly 3,500 retired workers. For new retirees, the average pension is $40,000 a year, while for all retirees it is about $25,000 a year.
    The association has attempted to make other financial and investment information easily accessible to the public in annual and quarterly reports, newsletters and on its website, said Bei, SCERA’s administrator.
    “We operate the retirement system in a very transparent manner,” he said during the meeting Thursday.
    But board members, in voting to join Sacramento County’s pension system in its effort to overturn the court decision, also conceded that they’re hoping for a different definition from the courts for what constitutes “transparent.”
    “It would be cheaper to write the letter (in support of Sacramento County) than to go through our own lawsuit – if it gives us the results we want,” said board member Sharon Stockham.

    http://www.watchsonomacounty.com/2010/08/county/county-pension-board-refuses-to-release-names/

    From: sbcgj@sbcgj.org
    To: sb_magic@hotmail.com
    Subject: RE: Finally a understandable email showing my research and concerns with the abuse of the SBCERS Pension and alleged value
    Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:52:53 -0700
    Mr. Mendoza,
    The Grand Jury has received your complaint dated September 24, 2010. The Grand Jury’s review of this matter does not mean that it will necessarily conduct a full investigation of your complaint.
    You may not receive any further communication from the Grand Jury. By law, the Grand Jury cannot communicate the results of investigations to you personally. Reports are available to the general public when published, generally at the conclusion of the Grand Jury’s term in June.
    Your complaint will be kept on file, and your identity will remain confidential, as well as any information you may have supplied.
    Sincerely, Rich, Corresponding Secretary
    I wonder how much pension is drawn by persons who have taken advantage of the  County’s early retirement offers these last 3 years? Lets start with Dan Perlin and go from there.
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    About magicinsantabarbara

    Our Santa Barbara Criminal and Civil Superior Courts often abuse’s us with illegal and unjust judgments and convictions. So I investigate, law enforcement, judge’s, elected officials and our California Public Pensions trying to expose the corruption we are being forced to accept. We must always respect and support those who practice the law in an even and ethical manner and demand it from those who do not. Here you can find data for SBCERS, VECRA, LACERA .pensions as well as others.
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