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Mayor Jerry Sanders today (Dec. 5) said that the City will disclose information on the more than $8 million of payments to 102 retired employees in violation of Internal Revenue Service rules. The disclosure will be made in an attachment to filings. "There is no doubt that [San Diego City Employees' Retirement System] illegally paid out benefits in excess of [IRS] limits" said the mayor, noting that the system was managed by people who are now gone. The issue has been pushed by Councilmember Donna Frye and City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Despite his admissions, Sanders accused them of political motivation. Said Frye, "They admit that in order to make sure it is properly disclosed, they will attach a memo. And they admit SDCERS was wrong." She uncovered and revealed the matter in the spring. "This administration has made it next to impossible to get information easily. I have spent since April trying to get the basic information. I have a legal obligation to make sure financial issues are disclosed in documents, and I take that responsibility seriously. The public has a right to know."

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Don Bauder Dec. 6, 2007 @ 8:06 a.m.

Response to post #1: Sanders's statement was dressed up in nonsense. It was a confession of wrongdoing pointing the finger at the reformers -- typical of this dishonest mayor. As to San Diego judges: a book could be written on this topic. And might be. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Dec. 6, 2007 @ 4:06 a.m.

Yes, Frye and Aguirre are right about "The public has a right to know." And the response from corrupt politicians when they are exposed is always something like "Sanders accused them of political motivation." Unfortunately far too many of our judges are corrupt, they protect their own interests and priveleges by siding with the powers that be like Sanders and Moores far too often. So the public never finds out about how corrupt government and corporate leaders are until it is too late, if ever. And the corruption continues while the public feels helpless, and Frye and Aguirre continue to be demonized by the corrupt establishment, and public safety is threatened even further.

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Anon92107 Dec. 6, 2007 @ 10:13 a.m.

We are still paying a totally unacceptable price for the consequences of the decade of corruption by the Greer court where all the judges looked the other way while corrupt lawyers and judges ran free. The Greer court spawned their own kind Judge Murphy to become a most corrupt Mayor in San Diego history, and now Sanders is being granted impunity by the court for his business as usual corruption that never ends. 24 dead from firestorms over four years is just part of the price. And The Reader readers are paying an outrageous price.

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Don Bauder Dec. 6, 2007 @ 10:22 a.m.

Response to post #3: Hopefully, the San Diego judiciary -- both Superior Court and U.S. District Court -- will be the subject of interesting probes. Best, Don Bauder

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