Comparing Pension Reform in Pacific Grove vs. Bakersfield

By John Moore
05/21/2014
Editor’s note: Several times this year we have published in-depth investigative reports written by John Moore, a citizen activist living in Pacific Grove. This recent letter from Moore was addressed to the local newspapers serving Pacific Grove. Moore is unhappy with the coverage these newspapers have given the city of Pacific Grove’s pension crisis. The...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove pension reform

The Fall of Pacific Grove – The Cover-Up by the City After the Hidden Actuarial Report Surfaced in 2009

By John Moore
02/18/2014
Part 7 of 7: How the City and Unions Covered Up the Illegal Pension Enhancements In 2009, through a series of public records requests, I discovered a document entitled “Contract Amendment Cost Analysis.” It was the document mandated by State Government Code Section 7507 (for the 2002 pension increase for the safety unions), which said:...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove financial stress, Pacific Grove pension reform, Public sector unions and Pacific Grove

The Fall of Pacific Grove – Privately Owned Real Property are the Only Assets to Pay for Pensions

By John Moore
02/11/2014
Part 6 of 7: Unions Will Seek Court Imposed Tax Increases Instead of Reform In a corporate bankruptcy, the judge can close down the business, sell the assets, and determine which creditors get paid. But in a municipal bankruptcy (MBK), a judge cannot force a city out of business. The city should come out of...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove financial stress, Pacific Grove pension reform, Public sector unions and Pacific Grove

The Fall of Pacific Grove – Anti-Pension Reform Mayor Claims to Favor Reed Pension Reform

By John Moore
02/03/2014
Part 5 of 7: A New Reform Initiative is Proposed Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose is a genuine pension reform advocate. He has been working on a state-wide pension reform initiative for the last year. On Oct. 15th, the proposed initiative was filed with the state attorney general. Pacific Grove’s Mayor, a dyed-in-the-wool anti-pension...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove financial stress, Pacific Grove pension reform, Public sector unions and Pacific Grove

The Fall of Pacific Grove – Outsourcing of Safety Services Causes Increased Pension Deficits

By John Moore
01/28/2014
Part 4 of 7: How the Unions Control the City’s “Pension Subcommittee” In Pacific Grove (Pacific Grove), the employee unions rule. They have the full support of the city manager, the city attorney, and the council majority. True “collective bargaining” is a myth. The Pacific Grove Charter established a strong city manager form of city...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove financial stress, Pacific Grove pension reform, Public sector unions and Pacific Grove

The Fall of Pacific Grove – CalPERS Begins Calling Deficits "Side Funds," Raises Annual Contributions

By John Moore
01/21/2014
Part 3 of 7: By 2005 Pension Costs Were Crippling the City In 1999, CalPERS represented to the state legislature that a 50% increase in pension benefits for safety unions would not result in increased costs. It based its opinion on its investment prowess. But by 2002, the tech bubble broke, and CalPERS began suffering...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove financial stress, Pacific Grove pension reform, Public sector unions and Pacific Grove

The Fall of Pacific Grove – How City Thwarted Reform, and CalPERS Squandered Surpluses

By John Moore
01/14/2014
Part 2 of 7: City Attorney Kept Sponsors of Initiative from Participating in Defense of Initiative Part 2 of 7:  In 1927, the City of Pacific Grove adopted a charter that reflects the principles of “home rule” and provides for local control of municipal affairs (California Constitution, Article XI, Section 3). That is why evidence...

TAGS: CalPERS and Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove bankruptcy, Pacific Grove financial stress, Pacific Grove pension reform, Public sector unions and Pacific Grove