Pensions, OccupyOakland & SF mayor on ‘TWINC’

Last night on KQED’s “This Week in Northern California,” we talked about Gov. Jerry Brown’s public pension reform plan; the Occupy Oakland situation; and San Francisco’s mayoral race.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Jean Quan should not be in charge of a meat market.

    She changes her mind as often as she changes her underwear.

    Thanks to her and the useful idiots on the Oakland City Council the inmates are now in charge of the asylum.

    It’s Freakfest 2011!

  • John W

    Since Josh referenced Jerry Brown’s pension proposal, what’s everybody think? I was pleasantly surprised. My concerns are that (1) it will get watered down and (2) no proposed changes for public safety, whose costs make up a major share of local government budgets.

  • Elwood

    It’s my understanding that pension reform would have to be approved by both the legislature and a vote of the people.

    Jerry has about as much chance of getting pension reform through the dimmiecrat controlled legislature (a wholly owned subsidiary of the public employee unions) as a snow ball in a slow pitch game in hell.

  • Rick K.

    The 3% at 50 pension scheme for public safety workers needs to be abolished. Rank-and-file firefighters, police officers, prison guards, etc. should not be given pensions of $100,000+ per year for life beginning at age 50. All other public services are decimated and there are calls for tax increases in order to support these “lottery winners” and their lavish lifestyles. It’s disgusting that these “entitled” “public servants” are able to buy homes in Alamo and Orinda and beach houses while most hard-working private citizens are forced to live off of Social Security and meager 401(k)’s in retirement. This is all window dressing, just like San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Proposition C, created only because Jeff Adachi had the courage to put Proposition D on the ballot and place the pension reform issue on the political agenda there. Jerry Brown does not want any real pension reform. Nor do his the public-employee union controlled Democrats in the Legislature.

  • John W

    Re: #3

    That’s a depressing assessment. I think Brown is sincere but knows he has an uphill battle. The problem with getting it done independent of the governor or legislature via a ballot measure is that there is no definable group that has both the self-interest and deep pockets to make it happen. Prop. 13, love it or hate it, had broad popular support. But it was deep-pocketed, self-interested commercial property interests who made it happen. Unions have both the interest and deep pockets to protect the status quo. There’s no counter-party to that. Where are the Koch Brothers when we need them?