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Benicia Pensions: What City Retirees Are Receiving

A CalPERS pension list shows what former school employees are collecting.

There are 145 people who are retired from the City of Benicia and are collecting pensions, according to a retirement compensation list posted by the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers. 

Many of them are receiving more than $100,000 a year and a select few are receiving over $150,000 a year in pension payments.

 

Name

Final Monthly
Salary

Initial Monthly
Pension

Jim Erickson
City Manager

$18,160

$19,990

Gary Gantt
Fire Department

$13,695

$16,213

Otto Giuliani
City Manager

$12,371

$14,548

Steve Mortensen
Police Department

$12,830

$$14,060

Dan Schiada
Public Works

$14,003

$13,543

Ken Davena
Police Department

$12,916

$13,234

Pete Fiori
Fire Department

$12,356

$12,129

Tim Winfield
Fire Department

$12,211

$11,929

Mike Alvarez
Parks Director

$13,969

$11,092

Dennis Gard
Police Department

$11,805

$10,681

There are 12 retirees who receive less than $500 a month, including former Mayors Jerry Hayes and Marilyn O’Rourke.

The CalPERS list was unveiled as the state Legislature  approved a pension reform bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week.

Among other reforms, the legislation raises the retirement age for most new employees from 55 to 67 to receive full benefits. It also eliminates so-called "double dipping" and caps the pensions of highly paid retired workers.

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Concerned Citizen September 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Unbelievable ... and people wonder why we're in debt. How can we pay people, regardless of the job they performed during their career, as much or more than they made while they were working ... or for that matter anywhere near the amount they made while working? And yet we still need to hire a new person for their former job. Doesn't anyone think this is madness?
Gerard September 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
The employees pay into CalPers their entire careers, CalPers than takes the money and invests it than pays it out...why are more people willing to risk their retirement in a 401k and not demanding the security of pensions?
JB Davis (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I think there are a lot of people who would love to know how to get companies to offer pensions instead of 401k plans. What's your suggestion?
Annonomous September 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM
The issue is NOW being "argued" by the NFL refs union. The NFL wants new refs to receive a defined contribution (ie 401K) as opposed to a defined benefit (pension). The DC puts the risk on the employee as opposed to the DB where the risk is "owned" by the employer. Most public employees entered the system to serve the public and were usually paid quite less than their private sector contemporaries. Look at the tech field. The "Dot Commers" were given huge packages (in compensation and stock options) as opposed to the public sector employees in that arena. Now that the economy is not (presently) blooming (how do we say WARS) and the Federal Govt. has cut funding to city and county govts. and schools to spend on these wars. It will level out as did all of our economic spells of the past. The terror events of 911 have changed to face of the world. Good shall overcome evil. This poor economy will come to pass. We all need to live within our means. Do NOT blame employees for their packages as they did NOT force government to sign these contracts!
Robert Livesay September 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Put your money for your own personal use. 401K's are very good. Yes they do have ups and downs. At they same time a pension, is it at the exspense of profits. The Democrat/Liberal/Socialis do not like profits. So what do you do? I say 401k"s that puts the burden on the worker and not the company.
Concerned Citizen September 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Employees may pay into CalPers their whole career but read this article about Chicago teachers (yes, those who just came off their strike). They have supposedly been paying 9% into their retirement fund but in reality they've only paid 2%! The numbers just don't add up - something's gotta be done. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/business/teachers-pension-a-big-issue-for-chicago.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&nl=afternoonupdate&emc=edit_au_20120919
Robert Livesay September 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
change the system
margus September 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Complete madness. I've been paying taxes since I was 18 in the private sector which no longer has pensions. This is certainly evidence that joining the government IS the path to prosperity. My guess is what we are seeing is just the beginning of the end of the madness with Gov. Jerry Brown's pension reform bill. Probably Phase 1.
rob pearson October 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
People People People: You sat back and allowed this system to become the disaster it now is. I just moved to California two years ago and i could see then the train wreck. I am just amazed how citizens can be so happy with their little status quot worlds and never see the light coming down the tracks. Maybe the state needs to get a bailout loan from China? It seems to be ok for the Federal Folks. Rob Pearson

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