Stockton’s federal bankruptcy judge showed Save Our Sonoma Roads the door yesterday.
The Sonoma group had filed a “friend of the court” brief saying Stockton should have cut public employee pensions. They did so not out of concern for Stockton but for Sonoma, where those pesky pensions are eating so much tax money government has none for road repair.
This was not exactly a case of kicking Stockton when it was down; it was more like being hospitalized and having a stranger visit your sickbed not to lift your spirits but to complain about their gout.
Rejecting the group’s standing, Judge Christopher Klein also sent a clear signal where he stands on Stockton’s decision not to take on CalPERs. “What can be done with pensions is very much a political question,” he said.