The Public Union Pension Fight in California

In the heart of conservative Orange County, California, Costa Mesa City Council member Jim Righeimer ran for the council warning of the government worker salary and pension time bomb that was going to hurt taxpayers in the future. Mr. Righeimer pointed out that the police chief received $298,000 a year in total compensation. The deputy fire chief had retired with a pension of more than $182,000 a year. His reform message carried the day but the city worker’s union is out for blood.

The New York Times profiles the fight. It’s worth the read.