How To Get Rich While Napping
Start by getting a job with the city of San Diego. Danielle Cervantes, Lily Leung, and Jeff McDonald write for the SD Union-Trib:
They are the poster children of San Diego's broken pension system, 20 people who worked for the city in one capacity or another and now collect more money for not working than most people earn in a year. Or two.
From their point of view -- the ones who agreed to interviews -- they are retired professionals enjoying their sunset years following a career spent in service of others.
They travel, they hike, they visit with grandchildren. They had nothing to do with the fateful city decisions in 1996 and 2002 to sweeten retirement benefits, they point out.
But for many residents and taxpayers, the idea of writing $12,000 checks to former city workers every month for the rest of their lives is untenable.
...One -- former Deputy City Attorney Sim Von Kalinowski -- is now a Superior Court judge in North County. Von Kalinowski, who at $144,099 per year gets the 13th-highest pension in the city, earns $178,800 a year as a judge. Add the two together, and his income is $322,899.
The judge was among those who declined interviews; a spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate because the pensions have been before the court.
Or, because it doesn't look good to go on TV sniggering with glee at the money you're bloodsucking out of the rest of us.