In the meantime, another fun story of Golden State political dysfunction:
Los Angeles Councilman Bernard Parks, City Hall's budget committee chief who is warning that soaring payroll and pension costs threaten the city's financial stability, receives $22,000 a month in city retirement benefits, in addition to his $178,789 a year salary, records and interviews show.
A former Los Angeles Police Department chief who served 38 years on the force, Parks operates in a sensitive political role, heading the key council panel that has grappled with a recession-driven $530-million budget shortfall.
While collecting one of the city's biggest pensions—about $265,000 per year—plus a hefty city salary, he has overseen a contentious debate about which services and jobs to cut.
"I don't discuss my salary or my pension and I earn both of them," Parks said in a brief phone conversation.
Jon Entine scared us all about the impending pension nightmare back in February.