Roughly speaking I’ve been a union man most of my life, and generally I support their aims, but the recent spate of public pension allowances have lost the unions’ sense of perspective. The city of Los Angeles currently has 600 retirees collecting more than $100,000 a year public pensions, and that doesn’t even include the Department of Water and Power, which consistently has higher-paid employees than City Hall. Have we lost it?
Now let’s hear it for Gov. Schwarzenegger. He is expected to improve a plan in the coming weeks that would revamp public retiree health benefits and pension formulas for new employees, saving the state an estimated $93 billion by 2040. I definitely support his apparent attempt to bring the public pensions under control, although his attempt to cut benefits for poor people recently I do not support.
‘Lights, camera... oh, wait a second...’
I want to thank the Burbank City Council for its approval of our revised film permit ordinance Tuesday evening. There are many additional exemptions that I’m very pleased with, as well as the expanded hand-held devices definition that allows stabilizers like steadicams, reflectors and the like to be used without a permit.