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Dublin Pensions: What Retirees Are Receiving

List unveiled as state legislators approve a pension reform plan

About five dozen retired city and school employees in Dublin are now collecting pensions.

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.

The Dublin Unified School District has 160 retirees listed.

At the top of list is retired superintendent John Sugiyama, who worked for 35 years in the district.

He earned $14,500 a month when he stepped down. He's now receiving almost $9,500 a month in pension, or about 114,000 a year.

Next is retired assistant superintendent Donna Uyemoto, who worked in the district for 34 years. She is receiving $9,000 a month after retiring while earning $12,300 a month.

Right behind is another retired assistant superintendent, Sandra Hare, who worked in the district for 36 years. She was earning $11,300 a month when she retired and is now receiving $8,800 a month in pension.

There are 11 retirees listed who take in less than $1,000 a month in pension. About a third receive less than $3,000 a month.

The city of Dublin has 34 retirees named on the list.

At the top is Lee Thompson, a retired public works director who worked for the city for 25 years. He was earning $11,300 a month when he stepped down. He now collects $7,600 a month in pension, about 90,000 a year.

Next is Maria Macias, a retired community services officer who worked for the city for 33 years. She was earning $6,700 a month and now collects $6,300 in pension a month.

Eleven of the retirees listed collect less than $1,000 a month in retirement pay.

The city's top administrator is supportive of the Legislature's action to reform the pension system.

“The city managers of Alameda and Contra Costa counties have been working together over the past few years on the issue of pension reform because long-term fiscal sustainability is our upmost concern," said Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo. "We have consistently said that the most effective reform must be statewide and the governor’s pension reforms meet the spirit of these discussions.”

timothy September 07, 2012 at 06:14 PM
For REAL pension reform, there needs to be a ballot initiative where a CAP is placed on monthly pension payments. No impact to anyone set to receive $3000 or less per month, don't mess them up, but cap it at $3000 a month. if they are retired they already have so many other benefits that they are breaking taxpayers backs! This must stop, they are NOT to be treated like royalty any longer. Otherwise, California is DOOMED as there would eventually not be enough to pay the pensions even if the state used 100% of the budget on just pension payments!!! Really! Look it up yourself, this is a crisis.
timothy September 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Besides these pension costs, look at it this way.....no employer out there pays such pensions, and those few that do don't pay that much. A typical employer has ZERO pension plans, and expect their employees to contribute into their own 401K plan. Why do these workers get this freebie? It makes no sense. Even the garbage companies and water/sewer "adminstrations" act like they are royalty. This must stop. Why does the public support this when they themselves get nothing even close to this??
Steve September 08, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Freebies, really! I am a law enforcement officer with 15 plus years on the job. How many of you out there have worked more Christmas holidays than you've been home to celebrate? How many of you have missed your kids' birthday parties? How many of you have gone to your kids' soccer games with no sleep because you work midnights? How many of you save 16 percent of your salary towards retirement (my share that I have ALWAYS paid, even when cities and counties celebrated pension "holidays" when the stock market was booming? The simple fact is, that when the economy was booming it was hard to find people willing to do what we have to do and sacrifice why we do. I am in complete agreement with sensible pension reform, as are the vast majority of civil servants. This discussion needs to be sensible, and the ability of localities to attract excellent candidates for positions (who are willing to make the sacrifices necessary) is dependent upon fair compensation. Haters (most of whom are grossly misinformed) serve no purpose in solving this issue.
Chris Heston January 14, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Timothy, what are you talking about and where are you getting your information? Cap all public employee salaries at $36,000 a year? Huh? Private jobs don't offer pensions? Huh? How are there google employees retired at 45 years old? Their pensions are just called different things, like stock options. And, most DO contribute to a 401K plan. What other benefits are you referring to with public service retirements? Every retired officer I know gets a retirement check and no other benefits whatsoever. All their medical, dental, vision, and everything else has to be paid for by their retirement check - which is based on their base salary. This formula has been in place for decades, and there were no issues before. Suddenly, when times are rough, you expect to step in and take everything away? Good luck finding quality replacements. And, as I've asked many times before, if public employment is so lucrative, why aren't you employed by one??

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