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.
Temperatures are going to remain in the warm range across San Diego County, but the sizzling temperatures experienced Wednesday and Thursday will not be present.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.