A scandal involving highly paid public “servants’ is sweeping through the California public pensions system. The LA Times reports:
Former City Administrator Robert Rizzo is now set to receive $50,000 per year. Before, he had been poised to get $650,000 a year from CalPERS and more than $1 million annually overall when a second pension from the city was included. The pension of his assistant, Angela Spaccia, was slashed from a projected $250,000 to $43,000.
Vernon’s former city administrator receives the highest pension of any public official in California, $500,000, even though he was convicted of public corruption.
Rizzo, Spaccia and six other former Bell officials were charged last year in a wide-ranging public corruption case that alleged that they schemed to illegally increase their salaries and benefits. They paid themselves lavishly while illegally taxing residents, levying arbitrary fees on businesses and aggressively impounding cars.
California is ungovernable in its present form; that is no excuse for stealing taxpayer money. Shame and disgrace all round.