Everyone is beating up on public safety and the hard-earned compensation they receive upon retirement. I agree that some individuals receive inflated compensation, but please do not beat up on those of us that have earned our due and are just getting by on that. Instead let's look at the city and county officials who have allowed the double dipping to happen.
Going one step further, I have a question for the city of Modesto officials. When times were good and PERS said don't pay us, pocket the money in a rainy day account so you can pay when times are lean, what did you do with the millions of dollars you should have set aside? I am guessing it was not saved.
To the citizens of Modesto: I hope you are enjoying the fountains the city built with this money and the increases in your utility bills to keep them running.