Calpers, Wall Street Fight over Scraps in Bankrupt California Cities
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  • Federale

    The major problem with Stockton’s arguement is that recruiting new police officers is quite easy in California. There are plenty of young men who want to be police officers and meet the physical, mental and moral qualifications. The issue is that the State has made the training of police officers more expensive with the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements beyond any level connected to police officer performance. Usually for any recruiting effort the number of applications for each open position is thousands to one. Police officer unions have lobbied for higher training standards to help restrict the number of officers who graduate academies and encourage washouts in field training programs. It makes them harder to replace and their demands for ever growing retirement benefits hard to resist.
    It would be cheaper for Stockton to lower wages and benefits and accept the cost of hiring more officers.
    In any event, each year the community colleges of California graduate hundreds of mostly young men who put themselves through a community college based POST certified acadmeny at their own cost and without a job offer. Many are not hired because they are white males. Most departements open discriminate based on race and sex against white males. White males who would work for lower wages just the entry level opportunity in a lesser prestige and lower paid small department like Stockton PD.
    In any event, most job jumping by police officers in California is limited to various local areas. Few jump from departments to another very far away.
    In the San Francisco Bay area, most of what are called lateral hires, from one currently serving police officer with a POST certificate in one agency to another, are from larger departments to smaller ones in more affluent suburbs. Small affluent suburbs like Los Altos cherry pick officers from Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. Officers gain by less demanding work and in a more pleasant city. Cities gain highly trained and experienced officers. In the Stockton area, few officers would leave, as other local departments suffer many of the same problems of Stockton, collapse in housing prices, high unemployment, etc. Few Stockton officers have many options. Most would stay in any event as relocating to cities that are hiring, like Oakland and San Francisco would be expensive and the cost of living much higher.

  • ojfl

    These situations are a lose-lose for all. The problem is that the taxpayer will always take it in the chin. Calpers does not seem to stand to lose at all, even if these cities indeed go bankrupt and try to force a haircut on Calpers, the ultimate problem is the underfunding of Calpers will always come from the taxpayer, city or state.

  • bigfire

    Calpers sounds like the gangsters from the movie Goodfellas. Your business bad, ‘uck you pay me…

  • Federale

    It is the same case with firefighters. Many applicants for each position and most white male applicants have already completed a community college based academy at their own expense, as well as EMT training. They love firefighting work and will take any such job regardless of pay and benefits. Cutting wages and benefits for firefighters is a no-brainer. In any event, fewer firefighters die in the line of duty now than decades ago, which was the rationale for high pay and benefits.
    The real problem is that affirmative action interferes with the market mechanism for firefighter pay and benefits.

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