Sunday, May 29, 2011

Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors pay 7 million dollars for a Golden handshake incentive given to employees who ALREADY qualified for retirement was that really necessary?

7 million dollars for a Golden handshake incentive given to employees who ALREADY qualified for retirement was that really necessary? Here I am a man ahead of his time questioning the logistics of such a move while the crowd just stood around and nodded O.K. Yet it was just today that it hit me what was really going n back in August of 2009.On one hand you had the County Board of Supervisors offering what than District Attorney candidate Josh Lynn labeled a Golden Parachute deal to Senior County Employees. Than on the other hand the The same Board of Supervisors were making 15 year decisions at the exact same time to deal with the future deficit that move help create including the 2011 Santa Barbara County Budget.

Item 6E Staff Report re SBCERS Investment Losses.pdf This report deals with the SBCAG dealing with having to choose from one of four alternatives on how to deal with future Santa Barbara County obligations to the SBCERS pension fund. These obligations can be as much as 1 BILLION dollars in future unfunded liability depending on what accounting interpretation you read.

Board_Letter_Memorandum_of_Understanding[1].pdf  This letter written at the exact same time  frame deals in a very loose fashion with the cost of the Golden Handshake to the Santa Barbara District Attorneys office and the "Magic" savings it provides the County.

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you can go to my other blog where I have parked both this  files on line for your review @ this file shows the exact cost of the above move made over two years ago, these cost have never been made public until I shared them.

“The County of Santa Barbara granted a Retirement Incentive Program that offered two years’ additional service credit (commonly referred to as Golden Handshakes) to 119 employees over the age of sixty or in Deputy District Attorney classifications and who retired by specified dates. The total cost of $6,854,011, as determined by Milliman, the System’s actuary, was paid by the County to SBCERS.”

All I can ask is that you simply look at the two attached files, the date on them and the material in them you too can see they were working in opposite direction. 

A few month back one of my supporters had asked that I removed them from my email list. I explained that my work on the budget as well as the corruption was just as important in there County as it was mine. They have stayed with me and we are getting closer to helping each other in all County's. Money or lack of is why all of our special interest (education, mental health, drug abuse) are under funded by our elected county officials. Lets hold them accountable and see what happens. Below is an old posting in which I challenge the District Attorneys office on several matters including why there felony records which seem fictional at best. I also have questions on several budget matters including Josh Lynn labeling the County early retirement offer a "GOLDEN PARACHUTE".


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Larry "Magic" Mendoza 

Which brings up the retire/rehire issue like with Santa Barbara District Attorney Senior prosecutor Vicki Johnson. This highly unethical move that continues to violate the peoples trust does not surprise me from Vicki.  You she I can call her by her first name since she filed a felony charge against me for what was nothing more than an alleged disturbing the piece call. Vicki it does not pay to try an abuse me just ask your colleges Mary Barron and Greg Boller, shame shame shame people. I'm kicking your ass and there is NOTHING LEGAL YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. Now maybe you can get me beaten again and rushed to the hospital which should be easier this time around. You see I have been off work and trying to get what ever is going on with my health diagnosed now for 9 months. Well i will save that for another posting but I'm here for you guys.

DA’s Office Set to Lose Decades of Experience

Big Shoes to Fill

Thursday, October 15, 2009

it will be losing decades of experience when five senior deputy district attorneys step down.
The office’s two longest tenants, Gerald Franklin and Darryl Perlin, have both decided to retire, Including Vicki Johnson

Google retire/rehire and you will see many States are having issues with this abusive practice.

Santa Barbara District Attorney Candidate Josh Lynn Just does not understand Accountability and never presents true Facts.

Now it has come to my Attention Josh Lynn needs to be very careful because a S.L.A.P.P. Action may be in his future. If he continues on his current and only path of consistently misrepresenting Data, first he should be fired but we should control what he is allowed to say. A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition! Now I have already shown that the past data forwarded to the California Judicial Council in no way reflects the actual happenings in Santa Barbara. So in an updated Data report there were over 4000 felonies filed in Santa Barbara last year and get this we go from zero, zip, nada to over 1000 felonies reduced to misdemeanors. Now mind you that was a two year “Alleged” trend of no Felonies reduced as reported by our Santa Barbara District Attorneys office to the California Judicial Council. Now if you believe the steroid numbers Mr. Lynn is constantly throwing out in public. Of the 14,000 misdemeanor and felony charges in our county a total of 80 had some type of misused “Gang Enhancement” so what is that .0000001 and that is his main focus, cheap press. Do you know how to beat Josh Lynn in a election for our District Attorney? Let him speak in public and defeat himself.
“Lynn said the most significant issue facing the office was the budget, and indicated he believed upcoming budget news looked good, partly because he “dedicated a good portion of the last eight months of [his] life” to the budget. Lynn took a swipe at the board of supervisor’s majority — members of which are supporting Dudley — when they cut funding to the DA’s office during Stanley’s time at the helm “apparently because the DA wasn’t herself there” while giving funding to the Public Defender’s office, which traditionally dukes it out with the DA for funding.”
Does Mr. Lynn really want to use the term Golden parachute that was allowed under his watch and cost his office money for Prosecutors?
“When the “golden parachute” retirement offers were made to senior deputies in my office, many long-time deputies retired and were not replaced. This caused the increase in caseloads and the inability to give serious cases the attention they must have to keep our quality of life here. My opponent simply says let’s give more cases to our deputies rather than ask for a restoration of safety resources; this is both dangerous and lacks leadership showing she is aware of her political debt. I will make certain our resources are restored and, as the only one running who understands our complicated budget process, I will do so right away. The future looks bright indeed through the hard work on the budget this year for next year’s cycle. I was a part of that team and I am proud to say we made great strides toward restoration and bettering public safety.”
The next portion below is taken from a Board of Supervisors letter dated August @25th 2009
1,032,621.00 two year savings for the early out offered the District Attorneys office.
I am sorry was there ever really going to be a savings from the Golden Parachute retirement party Mr. Lynn gave?
As for the quote at the top of the page were Mr. Lynn pats himself on the back in regards to his participation with the District Attorneys budget please read the update just recently presented to our Board of Supervisors!
The department experienced eleven retirements including nine who were part of the retirement incentive program with an estimated cost of $1.1 million. Positions are being held vacant to absorb much of the cost of the retirement and the department is diligently controlling expenditures. While the department will absorb nearly half of the costs it is unable to cover the full cost of the retirements. As such, the department estimates using $509,000 from the salary and benefit designation.
Now lt us review the 2008/2009 discrepancies when I compared the Audit that the California State Controller was presented VS. the budget viewed by the public.
The data below was taken from the Proposed Budget State Controllers Schedule 2009/2010 in regards to the Santa Barbara District Attorneys Office;
Salaries and Employee Benefits 16,010,356 16,935,214 16,932,807 15,911,327 15,911,327
Intrafund Expenditure Transfers (-) (255,666) (114,385) (255,666) (37,702) (37,702)
Total 021 Financing Uses 17,921,718 18,752,017 18,622,872 17,423,876 17,423,876
Department Summary
Salaries & Benefits Sub-Total 14,775,323 15,623,425 15,947,891 16,349,198
Operating Sub-Total 16,378,509 17,574,497 17,925,019 18,139,032
Less: Intra-County Revenues (940,838) (1,267,524) (1,272,818) (1,275,666)
Operating Total 15,437,671 16,306,973 16,652,201 16,863,366
Intrafund indifference of over 1.2 Million dollars to the minus. Now how does that happen and can a public department legally run in the red? Please remember the statements in regards to current budget deficits does not reflect the additional funds the county already supplied the pension fund.

Mr Lynn Joyce Dudley has tried her best to keep a professional look to your office please follow her lead. There are 131 total staff to your department Mr. Budget man and 121 are full time. In a time of financial crisis can we really afford anymore of your math?
“Dudley quickly took him to task, disagreeing about numbers Lynn presented to the crowd. Dudley claimed the budget was over by $800,000 (“could be $900,000,” she said)) and staffed with 121 people, while Lynn said there was no such deficit and mentioned a staffing level of 200. “It’s important for the DA and the administration to get their facts straight,” Dudley concluded. She also said Lynn has, in fact, very little to do with the budget, and his trying to take responsibility for it was “sad.”
Joyce Dudley I hope that the people see you for the find character and professionalism you display and elect you the next Santa Barbara District Attorney.
To a Better Tomorrow Today!

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