» Steve Eide
Buried in the
report released yesterday by the State Budget Crisis Task Force is a terrific
chart prepared by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The
chart neatly explains why governments should pre-fund retiree health care
benefits and also why they don’t.
These are troubling times for the supporters of council-manager government, among whom I count myself. The Rogue’s Gallery of recently distressed, bankrupt and/or scandal-plagued cities seems to include just as many council-manager cities as strong mayor cities.
Vallejo, Bell, Stockton and San Bernadino are all council-manager cities. (Note the remark about “terrible governance” in this Reuters blog post about San Bernardino. Ouch!) San Diego was a council-manager city during its “Enron-by-the-sea” moment in the earlier part of the last decade. In recent years, city managers have been implicated in some egregious cases of pension-spiking, such as in Vernon and Elk Grove, CA (via Steve Greenhut’s Plunder!).