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Earlier this month, the California State Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement failed to approve a proposal to cut off pension benefits to any public employee convicted of a felony arising out of his or her professional duties. Two Republicans backed the bill; three Democrats did not vote. If one Democrat would have voted for it, the committee would have approved the bill, according to MapLight, a public interest group that tracks special interest money. The groups that opposed the bill (police and firefighters unions and associations, state and local government employee unions, teachers unions, etc.) gave $91,850 on average to the Democrats on the committee, more than six times the $14,338 these groups gave on average to the committee Republicans, according to MapLight.

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realnews May 16, 2011 @ 9:04 p.m.

Both sides guilty. Is this really news?

Consider the case of Bonnie Dumanis running for mayor, http://www.familylawcourts.com/District_Attorneys.html

and the city Council's "Oversight" of the police department - considering the City Council Didn't react several years ago when informed Chief Lansdowne backed officers who refused to provide services when called, if someone recorded the exchange. Watch the portion of Chief Lansdowne's conference that didn't make local news. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormDTM...

It's not just a problem in San Diego. See, below thugs wearing badges, http://www.familylawcourts.com/Bad_Cop.html

and of course, we can't forget the kids. http://www.familylawcourts.com/Bad_Cop_2.html

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Don Bauder May 17, 2011 @ 6:25 a.m.

Maybe People vs. Bothwell is worth looking into. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 17, 2011 @ 6:22 a.m.

Response to post of realnews at 9:04 p.m., May 16. Yes, corruption reigns. And it doesn't hurt politicians running for office -- may even help them. Chief Lansdowne's cops are out of control and the mayor, a former chief, supports Lansdowne, who has done Hizzoner some big and dubious favors. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh May 17, 2011 @ 7:48 p.m.

This would seem to be such an obvious reform and loophole closure that nobody could oppose it. Yet it fails. Why do those unions want to keep such an abusive door open? Well, it's the same reason that those unions keep complaining about public safety and education when they are really protecting their own salaries. If they REALLY cared, the unions would offer to help stretch the dollars in tough times. It is a rare union that will do that sort of thing ever, even when it might save a bunch or all of its members jobs.

So, whose side are the public employee unions on? Yours and theirs? Or theirs alone? (Don't think too hard.) They're in it all for themselves, and they take care of the worst among them. As in felons and others who have abused the public trust. Don't be surprised; this was all totally predictable.

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Don Bauder May 17, 2011 @ 9:41 p.m.

There are a lot of greedy, self-absorbed union members in the public sector. But in the amount of money they steal, they can't come close to topping the greedy scoundrels in the private sector, at the heads of corporations and particularly on Wall Street. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 19, 2011 @ 9:38 p.m.

But in the amount of money they steal, they can't come close to topping the greedy scoundrels in the private sector, at the heads of corporations and particularly on Wall Street

Two wrongs don't ever make a right. How many on Wall Street are pulling down the mutli-million/billion comp packages?? Not that many, although the damage is extensive.

Now, how many public employees are their in CA? Nationwide??

The largest campaign donations in this state come from the CTA-there are 330K teachers in CA alone. Over 300K cops in CA alone. Those are big numbers. Public employees might not be pulling down the mutli million salaries of a hedge fund manager, but they do more damage on the state and local level-collectively- than Wall Street does.

Wall Street is a threat on the national level, but at the local and state level public unions are destroying the poor and middle class with regressive taxes.

Democratic legislators need to figure out if they are there to do what they once did, stand up for the poor and middle class, or get pulled around by the nose by public unions.

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Don Bauder May 22, 2011 @ 3:53 p.m.

You'd be surprised how many Wall Streeters are pulling down huge bucks. It's not just at the top. Traders can bring in $100 million in a year. Sure, the average stockbroker out in the hinterlands isn't bringing home the big loot (although some of them rake in plenty), but the general pay on Wall Street is outrageous. Just look at pay levels at Goldman Sachs. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister May 19, 2011 @ 9:18 p.m.

It is not which "side" one is on, it is, as MLK would say, "the content of their character" which should count, but doesn't.

Fred, SP, and some other Worthy Gentlemen/Ladies should draft a petition/legislation that removes the liability protection from public employees.

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Don Bauder May 22, 2011 @ 3:55 p.m.

And after they draft the legislation, watch how fast it is buried by the politicians who, after all, are public employees enjoying enormous benefits. Best, Don Bauder

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