The Gravy Train …

San Diego, earlier this month.

… is rolling through San Diego.

Fed-up San Diego voters approved a salary freeze in 2012 as a way to halt the ginormous growth of public employee pensions. But city administrators found a loophole and approved more than $4 million in pay raises for managers.

All of which increase the city’s pension debt, of course. Exactly what voters did not want. But hey, democracy, pffffllllt.

Former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who helped author the freeze measure, cried foul: “This is a back door to get out of some of the pension reforms we wrote into Proposition B and that the voters strongly approved.”

Citizens of California are living in an in-between time. We’ve learned that pensions are destroying municipalities, but public employees have not been brought to heel. The refusal to relinquish peretual self-enrichment for the good of the municipality will make the next recession a complete calamity. When revenue drops, cities and other municipalities will shrivel to pension funding mechanisms shorn of services to the public.



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