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Pension Reform Hits Murrieta City Hall

Employees of the city of Murrieta have agreed to pay all of their share of retirement contributions. Previously, the city paid all employee contributions.

Employees of the city of Murrieta will immediately begin paying more of their pension costs following city council approval Tuesday of labor agreements.

Members of the Murrieta General Employees Association agreed to pay 6.5 percent of their California Public Employees' Retirement System beginning Sept. 9. By June 2013, they will pay all of the 8 percent employee share.

There was no council discussion on the matter Tuesday, although city of Murrieta Human Resources Director Jeffrey Price said council members were briefed on the negotiations that began in April as current agreements neared expiration.

The city in May as it announced .

As part of the agreement approved Tuesday, the city will restore a 5-percent cut in pay that has been in effect since June 2010, according to Price.

MGEA is made up of 108 employees such as office specialists, development services technicians and public works maintenance workers, Price told Patch. The association is not affiliated with any union, he said.

There are a total of 285 employees of the city of Murrieta, according to Price.

MGEA ratified the agreement Aug. 15.

The agreement also calls for pension reform for all new hires: a two-tier retirement plan will apply to new employees that will pay out at a rate of 2 percent at age 60, versus the rate for current general employees of 2.7 percent at 55.

A similar agreement in July.

MGEA also agreed to pay 50 percent of any increases in the lowest medical insurance rates offered through the city. Previously, the city had agreed to pay all increases, Price said.

The agreement with MGEA is expected to save $324,548 in the current fiscal year and $484,211 in 2013-2014.

A representative of MGEA did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Wednesday.

An agreement with the Murrieta Supervisors Association, which represents positions such as the principal librarian and public works engineer, changed their CALPERS employee contribution from 0 percent to 7 percent.

An identical agreement was adopted for the Management & Confidential Employees Compensation Plan, which covers positions such as department heads, the senior accountant and the city manager, Price said.

However, there was no immediate plan to re-open City Hall on Fridays, Price said. The city enacted a four-day work week when employees took the 5 percent pay cut in 2010. Price said the city saves money in energy by City Hall being closed on Fridays.

Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
In tough times, both American workers and employers can find a way to compromise and sacrifice. NOW, lets watch for Murrieta residents to step up. Their sacrifice doesn't have to be in lost pension, actual hourly pay or hours. Their sacrifice can be as little as a couple of hundred a year to enjoy the benefits of living in this great city. BUT.....we have a Resident who is running for Council that thinks the sacrifice of a $75 a year business license is too much of a hardship on businesses. Business has to step up too and sacrifice. I believe small things like business licenses should be doubled to help with the sacrifice faced by everyone.....not just a few.
Susan Marsh September 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Sam, what exactly does the a business get for $75 per year; besides the right to do business in the city?
The Republican September 06, 2012 at 03:39 PM
What a joke ! This is just a panacea. There are so many underfunded public employee pensions in California and the problem can be traced back to the early 2000's when the state started the domino of over promising by raising pensions 50% from 2% a year credited to 3% a year. At the time a roaring stock market supposedly justified it. However as time has passed that additional 1% has created at the state level a 500 billion underfunded pension monster. Jerry Brown's announcement last week just scratched te problem. This is a problem that cannot be fixed with higher taxes in a state that already has the highest taxes in the nation. My Dad retired when public employee pensions accumulated at 2%. He lives extremely well. The 1% increase never should have happened. Public employee pensioners already had very comfortable retirement packages prior to the increase that will cripple our state and local governments. We should not pay a dime more in taxes. The problem is one of over promising and that is where the correction must be made.
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
It's very sad to watch the jealousy and anger, losers like the Republican have for people who have negotiated into their employment; pensions and benefits that enhance the lives of employees across this state and every state, Because Republican is a job jumper, with absolutely no hope of a career. he thinks everyone is taking advantage of the system, but he doesn't qualify for, because of lack of education.. Thank God for our public employees and the job they do. I believe they have the right to negotiate whats best for them. Our state gives away millions and millions in tax breaks to the rich, to the corporations, to the lawyers. We need to reward the ones who are bearing the brunt of the sacrifice. The unemployed, the deadbeat Dads like Republican will always look at the educated people who serve all of us with desire to have what they have. Republican, go back to school when you finish you court assigned anger management class and learn. At the end of the day, possibly you could qualify for dog catcher, instead of spending time researching other people's lives your jealous of.....or maybe not. He describes "living extremely well" as having a very small home in a retirement area of Menifee with rocks for a year instead of grass???
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It would be OK to adjust pensions, cut pay and some benefits, work hours in times of need. But public employees should not be the only ones sacrificing. FREE GIVEAWAYS TO CORPORATIONS MUST BE SLASHED. Eliminating the “elective” tax loophole, which benefits out-of-state corporations, would increase revenue by $1 billion per year. Assembly Speaker John Perez currently has a proposal to use that revenue to lower college tuition through his Middle Class Scholarship bill. Adopting an oil severance tax would produce $2 billion a year. Big oil companies are making record profits and raising gas prices on Californians while avoiding taxes. California is the only state in the country, and the only place in the world, that fails to tax oil production. A change-of-ownership loophole allows big corporations to avoid paying property taxes based on current value, draining the state and local governments of $2 billion a year and putting other businesses at a competitive disadvantage. A maze of other loopholes and tax dodges are costing the state $2 billion a year, including the failed enterprise zone tax credits which subsidizes the elimination of good-paying jobs by giving businesses an incentive to move to different locations and hire replacement workers, often at lower wages.
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Elizabeth Warren, gave the speech of her life last night, defending the middle class. Her argument is mine......why should the middle class, who list our public employees as members should not be the only ones sacrificing. "People feel like the system is rigged against them," Warren said. "And here's the painful part: they're right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs -- the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs -- still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. "Anyone here have a problem with that?"
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Its hard to understand, how anyone could spend so much time during the day on a computer, writing posts, on his companies time and at their expense. Lets see where to start........Bill Clinton was the deficit clock.......in the eight years prior to his eight years of surplus, the Republican administration quadrupled the debt, and then in the eight years following his surplus, they blew the surplus and DOUBLED IT.......Republicans left President Obama with a situation that Bill Clinton admitted NO PRESIDENT EVER, could have fixed in 3-1/2 years. Clinton did NOT LIE, like Romney and Ryan did. He came out and blew up conservatism and its ideology of hate, discrimination and prejudice and economic failure. America is still at war,,,,,,,,,,remember boots on the ground??? Conservatives didn't even mention the war or our veterans in their speeches. HYPOCRITES. It's wonderful you have changed your life in four years Republican, however, I don't see any adjustment in your child support. Child support is paid by a cross section on the Father's current pay and the time he spends with the children. Your child support for your two children is STILL @ $132 a month. I'm sure with your new $100K per year job and stock options, you have called the DA and increased it. Now, you know stock options are WORTHLESS, unless the company sells them in exchange for real stock in a buying company. I have a drawer full of worthless stock options.
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
One LAST personal point....i hope your Dad has an amazing retirement. Any person that has worked their life and sacrificed and earned a better and nice life in retirement. Again, Roy, I don't care who you know, where you go or don't go. I care that you have and are stalking people and trying to force people from posting their honest opinion on blogs, like you admitted to do to me and Dennis Mitchell. You have threatened both Murrieta residents Steve Flynn and Randon Lane.....with exposing information about them.......you have a major problem.....its demented.
The Republican September 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Let's look at some commonly known statistics and see if there is a relationship between higher taxes, handouts, and wealth flight. California has 12% of the U.S. population and 34% of the welfare cases with ALL races involved. We have added 10 million new people in the last 15 years and added only150,000 additional taxpayers during the same period. 40% of L.A. County works under the table for cash. In the last seven years over 4 million mid to high income Californians have moved out of our state to states with a more business friendly climates. Businesses that can leave this state have and the flight of businesses to other states continues. Do we need higher fees and taxes to deal with these trends or do we need to change fundamentally so these trends reverse? We have been paying higher taxes and fees while all these "trends" accelerated. The connection is obvious and the solution is more so. Over 40 years of Democrat rule has made California Greece West. we are the poster child of Democrat failure. Our new stae motto should be ...Trains to nowhere or Tax and spend deficits R US
Ryan September 06, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Susan, I agree. What does my $75 net me? At least the State of California flat out tells me my $800/yr franchise tax fee is for the PRIVILEGE of doing business in this state. As for Sam and The Rep, geez, it's like watching one of the Grump Old Men movies all over again! "Like a Mackerel!" Oh well, I'm sure one of them will tell me where to go here shortly.
Zack September 06, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Republican and Sam....why don't you exchange emails or phone numbers so you can argue endlessly somewhere else?...you guys sound like petty little boys with zero social skills...
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Ryan- its an administrative fee, to do a background check, from a physical meeting to running credit and criminal background. It is goof business practice to guard what businesses are allowed in Murrieta. Pay the $75, it makes me the resident feel better. We have a huge election coming in a few days and I feel we have to keep lies and misleading comments as well as hatred, discrimination and prejudice from being posted and not challenged.
Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Ryan- its an administrative fee, to do a background check, from a physical meeting to running credit and criminal background. It is good business practice to guard what businesses are allowed in Murrieta. Pay the $75, it makes me the resident feel better. We have a huge election coming in a few days and I feel we have to keep lies and misleading comments as well as hatred, discrimination and prejudice from being posted and not challenged.
Elizabeth Young September 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Sam B. you have hit the nail on the head about the jealousy, most people would rather bring others down instead of building themselves up.
BIGTOM September 07, 2012 at 01:08 AM
i am with you zack,repulican and sam have to much free time and are way to negitive
Sam Bradstreet September 07, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Hey Tom, just for you and Zack, I'll continue to post whatever I want. You can choose to read it or pass it over. Either way, I don't care about Republican and just want hime to leave me and my family alone. I don't care where he works or if he has an iphone 5........LOL. I have three iPHONE 4S's and one iphone 4 that has water damage Roy....LOL..
Ryan September 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sam, have you ever rec'd a biz license from Murrieta? I have. It was none of that. It was, "Fill this paper out, leave a check for $x." I believe the form actually delineated what businesses needed more scrutiny than others, no human interaction involved. The only time a human was needed was to pickup the paper and cash the check. All this for a business that grossed <$10k annually. It was a home based biz that had zero impact to the neighborhood, had no increase in need for fire, police, or EMS protection (already covered by my property taxes), and provided zero benefit to myself or the business other than a fancy slip of paper that I needed to then frame and post in a conspicuous place. No, the biz license process is a straight up way to squeeze biz owners for just a lil more. It's a little better here in Murrieta than in Vista, but that's what it amounts to. For any of the other businesses that they don't want here, permits are typically required and there are other means to get those businesses out of the city.

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