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Morning Report: A Congressman’s Pension

Morning Report: A Congressman’s Pension

Morning Report: A Congressman’s Pension

Monday, October 31, 2011

How to Handle Pensions Central to Mayor’s Race

In June, we explained how District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis was set to receive a
of public service in San Diego County.

The exercise provided a window into how public pensions work. And it outlined a
key challenge for Dumanis as she argues that people who follow her into a similar
public service career don’t deserve a pension guaranteed by their employer at all.

as he races for the Mayor’s Office as well. It will be at least $82,000. Like Dumanis,
Filner’s long career in several different government agencies – from San Diego State
to the city and Congress – makes his payout complicated. And like many former city
politicians, he benefited from a retroactive benefit boost in 2002, which was the

Unlike Dumanis, Filner is not calling for an end to public pensions for most new
city employees. But he has also promised major pension reforms that will spare
the city hundreds of millions of dollars on its pension burden. He said that plan

* After months of avoiding public debates with other candidates, saying she would
wait until the official filing deadline in March, Dumanis told the Union Tribune
The paper said her campaign has been “anything but smooth.” Reporter Craig Gustafson
said expectations of her candidacy have been high and cited our series about how
to drive that point home.

* One more point: Dumanis will be Andrew Donohue’s guest this week on VOSD Radio
you want her to answer. Here are our interviews with the other major candidates:

Why We’re Following This Police Misconduct Case

We’ve been providing a lot of details about the trial for former San Diego police
officer Anthony Arevalos. But it’s not his case in particular that fascinates us.
As Keegan Kyle explains, we’re learning more and more about internal oversight at
What did police leadership know about him and when? Why was he allowed to continue
patrolling and potentially harassing, threatening or bribing women he stopped?

Here’s Kyle:

the case, their past decisions and the supervision of officers. Police have also
a case that has raised the most serious concerns about lagging internal oversight
a misconduct scandal that rattled the department earlier this year.

What’s Behind the Ticket Prices?

Roxana Popescu, who months ago brought you this much-praised Behind the Scene series
has a new project starting today. It’s about ticket prices for local performances.

LivingSocial, Daily Deals, Google Offers and the legions of Groupon imitators make
it easier than ever to fill auditoriums. But for how long, and at what cost?
In my next post, there are two things I want to understand: How do these institutions
set ticket prices to begin with? And when someone is paying $2, or $20, or $200
for a ticket, how much of a performance or exhibit’s costs does that fee cover?”

about the economics of local arts.

between San Diego and New York opera houses.

The Salton Sea Mucking with San Diego Dreams

Last week, we pointed a story in the New York Times about farmers in the Imperial
from urban areas like San Diego, thirsting for their water rights. Today, the Los
Angeles Times proclaims that the historic water deal that makes this possible, the
At the heart of the trouble is the beleaguered Salton Sea. If it recedes because
farmers use less water, it could become an environmental disaster. Property owners
around the sea also need assurance about where the water’s edge will be.

In short, saving the Salton Sea was a key part of the deal that allows San Diego
to buy Imperial Valley water. And saving it required the Legislature to come up
with potentially billions of dollars. That was much more plausible to imagine in
2003, apparently, than it is now.

Economics Links

It’s not so optimistic. In case you missed this last week, our Rich Toscano’s graph
though.

Solar Turbines vs. Housing Deal

between a proposed housing development for the corner of Pacific Highway and Hawthorne.
It’s 100 feet away from Solar Turbines, a company with thousands of employees. The
company fears having residents so near may spur air pollution regulators to handcuff
its flexibility and growth.

I asked the Mayor’s Office last week if he had taken a position on the project.
He had not.

Perhaps the big wigs at Solar Turbines will occupy his office until he does.

I’m Scott Lewis, the CEO at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me directly at
HEADLINES
The Democratic congressman is eligible to receive pensions from three government
agencies and could see a big boost if he becomes mayor.
A look at the details about internal oversight at the San Diego Police Department
that have come out through the criminal trial of former officer Anthony Arevalos.
Introducing a series exploring the art and challenge of ticket sales in the age
of discount sites like Groupon.
Friday night brought arrests, marches and a lot of tension to the San Diego Civic
Center.

Blogs and Topics

If someone was nice enough to forward this Morning Report to you, please know you

Monday, October 31, 2011 
HEADLINESFilner’s Pension: $82,000, At LeastThe Democratic congressman is eligible to receive pensions from three government agencies and could see a big boost if he becomes mayor. What We’ve Learned from Misconduct TrialA look at the details about internal oversight at the San Diego Police Department that have come out through the criminal trial of former officer Anthony Arevalos. Will Call: A View from the Cheap(er) SeatsIntroducing a series exploring the art and challenge of ticket sales in the age of discount sites like Groupon. Photos: Occupy SD Clashes with PoliceFriday night brought arrests, marches and a lot of tension to the San Diego Civic Center.     

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