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Union City Pensions: What Retirees Are Receiving

CalPERS pension list shows what former city and school employees are collecting

Nearly 500 retired school and city employees in Union City are collecting pensions, dozens of them receiving more than $100,000 a year.

The retirement compensation is part of a list posted by the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers.

The CalPERS list was unveiled as the state Legislature last week approved a pension reform bill that is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

Among other reforms, the legislation raises the retirement age for most new employees from 55 to 67 to receive full benefits. It also eliminates so-called "double dipping" and caps the pensions of highly paid retired workers.

In the New Haven Unified School District, there are 331 retirees listed who are receiving CalPERS pensions.

At the top is retired former superintendent Susan Speakman, who was earning about $16,100 a month when she retired after working 40 years for the state. Speakman collects about $12,700 a month in pension, or more than $152,000 a year.

Next is David Pava, also a former superintendent and deputy superintendent who retired after 34 years. He was earning $18,400 a month at the end of his career. He now collects nearly $13,000 a month in pension.

There is one other retiree — former teacher and administrator Jim O’Laughlin — listed who also collects more than $10,000 a month.

At the bottom of the list, there are 33 retirees listed who receive less than $1,000 a month.

Some employees are collecting CalPERS pension from more than one agency. Teachers also don't receive Social Security benefits.

The City of Union City has 159 retirees on the list.

The retiree collecting the most each year is former police chief Randal Ulibarri. He was paid about $19,140 a month when he retired after working 31 years for the government. He now collects slightly more than that in pension, receiving $19,600 a month, or about $235,200 a year.

Right behind is former Economic and Community Development director Mark Leonard, who receives about $18,500 a month. Leonard was being paid $17,400 a month when he retired after 36 years in local government.

There are also 11 other retirees listed who are collecting at least $10,000 a month, or $120,000 a year.

On the flip side, there are 32 retirees listed who receive less than $1,000 a month.

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Zolla September 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Well, not you know where your state taxes are going.
Edward September 11, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Is that all they get for a lifes work, that, in the private sector as a CEO of 40 years they would get $50,000.00 to $80,000 per month in compensation from stock options and capital gains on their 401Ks and pensions. 7 years of University credits and all you get is less than $250,000 per year? And look at all those who taught our children not getting Social Security and being asked to take half of their curent $1000 per month Pensions. To get that, you must have 40 full time Pay quarters. So substitutes could have worked 20 years to get a $ 1000.00 pension and if they had worked 20 years under the private sector social security alone would be $800.00 plus a pension of $2000.00 per month.
Dan Arnhem September 11, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Edward, one can only imagine what grades you got in math. Your post displays a near total lack of understanding of how the pension system works or what happens to teachers Social Security for their non-teaching years. One hardly knows where to start with you jumble of numbers. Know this for starters. If a teacher were to work from age 25 to age 65 in California, they would get a 100% pension for the rest of their life. The average teacher salary in California is over $68,000 and the years on which their pension is based is higher than that, because it comes at the end of their career when they are at the highest pay. So easily over $75,000 on average. The average teacher who retired in 2011, only put in 25.5 years of service out of a working life of 40 or more years being of working age. For the other working age years, they would have paid into and be eligible for Social Security, although if collecting a teachers pension a portion of their social security is reduced. The maximum reduction on about $1,100 is $300. Still leaving with about $800 per month or about $10,000 per year. Not forgetting that $10,000 per year is in addition to their average pension of $49,000 per year from STRS. Giving them a pension of $59,000 per year. You only get the crazy numbers reported here if you worked a tiny number of years and hence you get a tiny pension. What do you expect? A full pension after 7 years?
Tim September 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
In the private sector, that CEO's pension isn't paid for with my tax dollars you fool. The bottom line is that these pensions are substantially higher than the average private sector employee. 99.99% of us in the private sector are NOT rich CEOs yet we're the ones funding these out of control pensions. The tides are turning on the opinions of these public sector union bennies.... Chris Christie elected governor for his stance on the teachers union. Same with Walker in Wisconsin... both dark blue states. Next up, we see Obama's old crony Rahm Emanuel in Chicago holding firm on the out of control Chicago teachers union. Sorry Edward, but the gravy train is coming to an end. It's only a matter of time for CA's public employees.
Zolla September 12, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Edward, if you would have taken the time to look at the list (on the list) you would have noticed the first retiree is receiving $44,128.00 a month. And yes, thats or tax dollars paying this. The State of California pay out 100's of Million dallars per yr for these out of control pensions. And then everyone cry's because the school are being under funded.

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