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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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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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