State senator tries again to crack down on “double-dipping”
December 28, 2010
The California State Senate will once again try to crack down on so-called “double-dipping” by public employees after an earlier attempt was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [San Jose Mercury News]
Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) intends to introduce new legislation early next month in response to a public outcry over the perceived abuses of the state-funded pension systems.
Simitian’s bill would require “retirees” who are drawing a pension to wait six months before returning to work for the same organization. The senator introduced a similar bill in the 2009-10 session that passed both houses of the Legislature. His bill was ultimately vetoed by Schwarzenegger after being linked with a more controversial pension-reform bill the governor said did not go far enough to overhaul the system.
The public debate was recently sparked anew by reports that the Santa Clara County fire chief, Kenneth Waldvogel, 57, was retiring at the end of December–only to come back in January, taking home his $236,691 annual salary as a consultant, along with a $200,000 yearly state pension.
Waldvogel informed county officials of his plans six weeks ago. Rather than immediately promote from within, the county will conduct a job search, keeping Waldvogel in his consulting position for up to six months.