This would be funny if it weren't so sad. The San Mateo Mercury Times somehow found an administrative assistant in the SJ school district's special ed department to write an OpEd claiming "Californians have had enough of pension reform". The piece is so lightweight I thought my paper was going to float up to the ceiling as I read it. First, the author--one Donna D'Arcy claims
Legislators may have lost their appetite for using pensions as a scapegoat for budget woes.
That's funny on its face since it isn't apparent legislators outside of the locals in San Jose and San Diego have done ANYTHING about pension reform except to watch the tidal wave of cash that crushed Prop 32. You can read up on the problem here, here and here. D'Arcy goes on to claim
Critics also were quieted by the California Public Employees Retirement System's announcement that its investments earned 13.3 percent in 2012. Over the long-term, that number is even bigger, showing that California's pension system is strong.
That last bit about "that number is even bigger" begs a footnote. Really? Where is she getting that and what selective bit of data is she hiding behind? The suffocating future pension liabilities are well-documented.
But the most egregious part is the idea that Californians have had enough of reform. D'Arcy should go look at the polls and the few elections that aren't swayed by forced union dues money. She can also take a look at the Seventh Circuit Court ruling last Friday that reaffirmed the reforms in Wisconsin. The article would be funny--if it weren't so sad.