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Maurice Duenas

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Jun 19, 2012
 

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I have lost ALL respect for city council member Laureen Turner, who I admit I did support in the campaign. Unlike Stu Gary, who you could NEVER trust as far as you could throw, Laureen seemed to be the real deal, genuine and caring, with character, morals and integrity beyond reproach.

When Laureen Turner was running for a Livermore City Council seat she pointed out the high cost maintaining an employee: salary and benefits, and that she would 'have none of that'. Yet, when she was a the part-time director for LARPD, she has by far the largest compensation package of anyone of the other directors. In fact, for 2011, her medical compensation ($12,866) was almost FOUR TIMES her salary ($3,475). By comparison, Wilson's and Faltings med package was ~$6,600; Hutchinson $500 and Goodman had no reported medical compensation. How about that? A part time director making bank in medical benefits, as good as any fulltime employee would expect to receive.

For the one month after the November 2011 election that she was on the city council, she recieved $1,960 in salary and $789 in medical plan compenstation. At that rate, for 2012 she will receive almost $9,500 in medical benefits for what continues to amount to a part time job. So much for making things better. She too has jumped on the gravy train of taxpayer supported benefits. She appears to be the new Kamena.
No more Kamena

Livermore, CA

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Jun 19, 2012
 

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It sure sounds like she is milking the system for all that it is worth, and that she has not been upfront about her benefit compensation package at both the park district and the city council. That God that the Mercury News and Times are willing to post all this public information, otherwise we would be none the wiser.

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Jun 19, 2012
 

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What possible rationale can there be to provide these types of elected officialls health benefits paid by the taxpayers when they are only working a few hours per week?

This is abusive.
it gets worse

Livermore, CA

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Jun 19, 2012
 
But wait! there is more. According to the Mercury news salary site, she also gets a PENSION contribution by the city of livermore to the tune of $354 a month, plus an additional $90 cash payment
I voted for her

Livermore, CA

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Jun 20, 2012
 

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I voted for her for the reasons noted above and now I am wondering if I made the right choice?
Livermore

Livermore, CA

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Jun 20, 2012
 
wow, this is a relevation!
Legal Livermore Resident

Livermore, CA

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Jun 21, 2012
 

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Tell me this is not so! I to had high hopes for her and felt that she would be above and beyond the regular political crowds but it seems that she is nothing better than any of them. I wonder if she will have the gumshioun to give a public statement on this?
DojoRat

Livermore, CA

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Jun 21, 2012
 
Mr Duenas,

I'm curious, did you e-mail Ms. Turner this question? I've found her and Mayor Marchand (surprisingly enough) to always respond to questions that I've e-mailed them. Sadly, I can't say the same for the rest of the council.

I noticed you posted this on her patch blog as well, so if anyone wants to see her response, you can read it there.
Legal Livermore Resident

Livermore, CA

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Jun 21, 2012
 
I saw that too at http://livermore.patch.com/blog_posts/staycat... but I have to say that posting it there was not necessarily the best option that Mr. Duenas could have taken. His comments and her response to this very important issue are buried and hidden within the confines of an article having to do with stay at home vacations in Livermore. Perhaps Patch should be pressured to do an expose on the current benefits that our city council people are getting.

Lets not forget Stu Gary, who gets a $160,000 a year public paid (yes, us taxpapers pay him $160,000 for being a retired fireman)pension in addition to any benefits he may also receive from the city counil stint he is doing.
PitBull6

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Jun 21, 2012
 
it gets worse wrote:
But wait! there is more. According to the Mercury news salary site, she also gets a PENSION contribution by the city of livermore to the tune of $354 a month, plus an additional $90 cash payment
Can you provide a link to the Salary Website? Thanx
Maurice Duenas

Livermore, CA

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Jun 21, 2012
 
Livermorian

Livermore, CA

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Jun 22, 2012
 

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Wow, that is a revealing site. Did you see how the LPD is the highest paid of all in the city, but very plainly missing is data on the LPFD, ie, their pay and benefit packages. Why is that? Have they refused to provide the data? So much for transparency and will of the people versus the unions.
Livermorian

Livermore, CA

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That is a very revealing site and shows tht the LPD is grossly overpaid in terms of both salary and in particular the outrageous benefit package they get. Grossly missing is data of the LPFD. Why is that? The need of the people to see this data is important. Is LPFD hiding something they don't want us to see?
Steve

Livermore, CA

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Jun 23, 2012
 
You have to look at the City of Pleasanton for firefighter salary information. The firefighters make more money on average than their police counterparts.

Most of the LPD people at the top of the salary list are there because of overtime. Overtime doesn't count towards retirement benefits in any way.
The police are working more overtime because there are 20 fewer cops than there were in the past. Still cheaper to pay overtime than higher a salaried person with full benefits.
Maurice Duenas

Livermore, CA

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Jun 23, 2012
 
so far this year the city of livermore and pleasanton have REFUSED to divulge the pay and benefits of the combined city fire department, but you can go to http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area/... and look up the entity of livermore-pleasanton fire department. No doubt, the pay and benefits are only higher this year. I have had the independent news publish some of my findings in the past, and its an outrage what we pay both short and long term. especilly when you look at the columns that deal with "employer contribution to pension" and the "employee contribution to pension paid by the employer".
Mike

Livermore, CA

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Jun 23, 2012
 
This is the site for retirees, specifically the heavy hitters over 100k per year. Just select the city to see who makes what.

http://www.fixpensionsfirst.com/calpers-datab...
PitBull6

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Jun 24, 2012
 

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Thanx for the links---most of these retirement numbers are absolutely obscene i.e. Monica Potter 189K retirement for LIFE for her position as Dir. of Finance. Did Chef Potter cook the books???

The present salary structure is going to bankrupt
Livergulch.....
Concerned citizen

Livermore, CA

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Jun 25, 2012
 

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Concerned citizen

11:45 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2012

3 percent receive over 100,000? That's way too many. I want to take care of the elderly, but these pension plans are ridiculous.
Laureen Turner

Livermore, CA

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In the future, I will write a blog on the benefits of your city council as it is a topic we will be soon debating. For now, please know that the taking of medical benefits was a very difficult decision for me. Yes at LARPD, my benefits were higher than my colleagues. That is due to having an uninsured child in college who I needed to take care of. The other directors either have no children at home or are covered by their employer sponsored health care plans. As your city council member, I made a significant change to my work schedule. I went to a part time status at the hospital - cutting my salary in half and I lost my medical benefits. I did this so that I would have the time to devote to being an adequate city council member. Yes the job is "part time" but the responsibility is 24 hours a day. This is a position I take seriously. Unfortunately, I have a heart condition and my husband a history of cancer thus adequate health insurance is very important to us. Without it, I would never have been able to run for office as I would have had to retain full-time employment with said insurance coverage. I thank you for your work in informing the public. It is my hope that time will prove my dedication to the community of Livermore.

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Being the the city council position is a part time job why is it possible to draw benefits from here but not from your part time job as a nurse?

Are you saying you made a conscious decision to get benefits from the public sector that you can't get in the private sector? Isn't that what pension reform is all about?

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