SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego city employees reaping more than $100,000 in retirement pay increased 71 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, a city councilman said Tuesday.
"Taxpayers should be outraged" by the increase, which is "offensive" when the city is reducing services and working families are struggling to make ends meet, Councilman Carl DeMaio said.
DeMaio said city payments into the San Diego City Employees Retirement System were "unsustainable" and too great to be offset by spending cuts to services or tax increases.
The Top 25 retirement salaries ranged from $174,200 for an ex-police captain to $304,000 for a retired assistant city attorney. Ten former city employees got more than $211,000 last year. Retired firefighters accounted for 10 of the 25 highest pensions. Five retired police officers were among the top 25.
The names of the retired public employees in the report DeMaio were kept secret. He said his problem was with the system, not retirees.
"The longer we wait, the more individuals are going to retire and receive these payments," DeMaio said. "The sooner you act, the quicker you'll see these payouts return to sustainable levels."
According to DeMaio, the city needs to compute pensions based on an employee's base salary and guard against losses in a deferred retirement plan used by many older employees. The program, known as DROP, will eventually cost the city about $150 million the way it is set up, according to a consultant's report.
Search volunteers on Thursday went door-to-door in Scripps Ranch hoping to turn up any clues that may lead them to a man who went missing one week ago.
Extreme heat came to the deserts again Thursday, but temperatures in the rest of inland San Diego County were somewhat lower than they had been for the past few days.
Starting Thursday, Uber users in San Diego will be charged a fee if they keep their driver waiting more than two minutes.
The CBS News 8 Crimefighters are helping authorities in a manhunt looking for Terrance Christopher Stahovich. If you have information call CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-TIPS. A reward is being offered for his arrest and remember you can make a tip and still remain anonymous.
The San Diego Zoo said Thursday that its collection of African penguins has begun moving to the Africa Rocks exhibit, which is scheduled to open to the public in phases beginning next week.
A Chula Vista man faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to trying to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine while employed as a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Residents are concerned at a local dog park after at least one dog got sick and died after spending time there.
The San Diego Follies is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a show called the "Best of the Best."
A Lincoln Park resident was wounded outside his home Thursday in a shooting carried out by an unidentified assailant, San Diego police reported.
The "Black Knights'' of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 and the "Blue Hawks'' of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 returned home to Naval Air Station North Island Thursday following a six-month deployment.