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Pensions: What Public Employees are Getting

Newspaper database details pension range for Walnut Creek retirees in CalPERS system; it's a context for the pension reform bill that awaits the governor's signature.

Some 226 retired employees of the city of Walnut Creek and 105 from the Walnut Creek School District are drawing pensions from the California Public Employees Retirement System.

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.

On the CalPERS database of current retirees, atop the Walnut Creek city employees list is a former police chief, Thomas G. Soberanes, who worked for the city for more than 33 years. He retired with an initial monthly pension of $19,057.35 a month, which comes to $228,688.20 a year.

At the other end of the pension list are 17 city retirees whose 2011 gross pension came to less than $5,000.

Atop the list for the Walnut Creek School District is a retired administrator with almost 42 years of service to both WCSD and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, June Krug. She retired with an initial monthly pension of $7,215.74, which comes to $86,588.88 a year.

At the other end of the pension list are seven school district retirees with 2011 gross pensions of less than $10,000.

CT- West September 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Former Chief of Police ( Walnut Creek ) worth $228,000 a year pension ? I think that is gross.
phyllis genzoli September 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
June Krug deserves every penny. She worked tirelessly as an educator and administrator and continues to support her community through countless hours of volunteer work.

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