Willie Brown has been open and blunt about the Legislature's role in California's poor condition. Here's his latest his column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Scroll down as there are multiple topic in his column.
"As reforms go, the pension deal that Sacramento lawmakers reached last week is just a start to correct the mistakes that former lawmakers, including me, have made over the years.
"But for all the talk about how the changes were needed to make the governor's tax plan [Proposition 30] more palatable to voters this fall, the fact is that lawmakers bucked the unions for one reason and one reason only: They want to keep their jobs.
"The unions are really bent out of shape because they weren't allowed in the room during the negotiations, as they usually are. But why should they be in the room?
"The world is changing. Years ago it was the likes of Southern Pacific and other big businesses calling the shots in Sacramento, and we were all highly critical of them.
"These days it's labor. That's not the portrayal union leaders like to see in the media, but it's the truth.
"Real reform would be barring labor leaders from sitting on state pension boards. The boards ought to be made up of money managers who are concerned with how much cash is going in and out of the fund. There is no justification for any trustee on a pension board being more interested in spreading benefits than paying for them."
See also ...
- BLOG: Even Liberal Democrat Willie Brown Sees the Problem!http://soquelbythecreek.blogspot.com/2010/03/even-liberal-democrat-willie-brown-sees.html
- San Francisco Chronicle: Jerry Brown won't challenge teachers unionhttp://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/williesworld/article/Jerry-Brown-won-t-challenge-teachers-union-2528743.php
- Los Angeles Times: California Teachers Assn. a powerful force in Sacramento: The union, backed by an army of 325,000 teachers and a war chest as sizable as those of the major political parties, can make or break all sorts of deals.