Two California public pension cases in court
January 19, 2011
Two important public pension cases winding their way through the court system could have an impact on San Luis Obispo County. [PacificLegalFoundation]
Wednesday, the second district court of appeals in Los Angeles heard arguments in the County of Orange versus Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs’ case. The case focuses on a retroactive pay hike awarded to favored county employees.
The lawsuit contends that the pay hike was in violation of the California Constitution which prohibits local governments from incurring debt without voter approval.
It also noted that employees receiving extra benefits for no additional work, while requiring taxpayers to cover the financial burden, might be voided by California courts as unconscionable.
In the second case, a retirement agency is fighting a media requests for an accounting of who is receiving Sacramento County pension benefits along with how much they are receiving. Briefing of the case was recently completed at the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento.
The plaintiffs are arguing that taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent.