Vincent Farnsworth 6:31 p.m., Dec. 4
"Rolls Out, Rolls Out, Oh How the Money Rolls Out...."
Whether or not you know the old bawdy song that begins with "Rolls In, Rolls In...." you will understand how the money belonging to residents of San Diego rolls OUT to retired city workers on pensions. I have just received a list of those getting pension money from the City. I have done some corroboration: how much is going to people who got in trouble in the pension scandal.
Consider the people who were charged in state and federal courts with violations of various laws. They got off. But they also got fat pensions. Among those getting off was Lawrence Grissom, who is getting $9,806.29 a month. Others who beat the rap: Loraine Chapin $9.799.68 a month, and Ronald Saathoff, a union head, $8,049.30. Patricia Frazier, whom Kroll Inc. said "acted with wrong intent": $14,238.56 a month. Former auditor Ed Ryan, also charged with acting with wrong intent: $10,416.73 a month. Former City Attorney Casey Gwinn, charged with negligence by Kroll: $8,155.95.
Others of note: Jack McGrory, former city manager, $7,766.26 a month. He left the City and joined the Price clan, climbing in the ranks. On May 31 of last year, he resigned as executive vice president and board member of PriceSmart. Former Police Chief Bill Kolender: $7,981.18 a month, plus whatever he gets as sheriff and also a state employee. Mayor Sanders, former police chief, $7,837.00. Bruce Herring, former deputy city manager who handled the Chargers giveaway: $13,538.52. The City picked up the tab for Herring on two probes into his role in bond disclosures.
The top 1,000 retirees are hauling in at least $5,487.88 a month. The top 500 are hauling in at least $6,593.90 a month.
KUSI-TV and former City Attorney Mike Aguirre expect to have more information tomorrow (Thurs., Aug. 26).