Orange County Sheriffs Hit the Streets in Protest

Orange County Sheriffs strike the streets in protest

Deputies earn courtroom rulings later that day

By Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 8:oo PM PST

Orange County Sheriffs Deputies are angry that they’ve labored for nearly a year with no a deal. So they strike the streets  marching with their indications in a silent protest whilst they exit the Corridor of Administration in Santa Ana California next a conference of the Orange County Board of Supervisors who command there future.

Earlier nowadays an Los Angeles Top-quality courtroom judge dominated in the sheriff’s favor by issuing a perhaps fatal blow to the county of Orange in its very long-standing lawsuit in search of to rescind generous retirement gains granted to deputy sheriffs in 2001.

The lawsuit has drawn the focus of legislation enforcement unions throughout the nation simply because a ruling in favor of the county could unravel pension gains granted to legislation enforcement officers nationwide.

Choose Helen Bendix, in a tentative ruling late Tuesday, granted the Orange County sheriff’s deputies’ motion for dismissal. A ultimate hearing is scheduled for Friday. If Bendix’s imagining stays unchanged, it could spell the conclude of the county’s legal problem, which has currently value taxpayers a lot more than $one.five million in expenses.

County Supervisor John Moorlach led the demand on the situation, persuading other supervisors to sue in January 2008.

Recognized as “3 at 50,” the reward was adopted by county supervisors in 2001 and lets deputies to retire early whilst also granting them elevated gains. An actuarial analyze concludes that the reward adds $187 million to the county’s unfunded pension liability, now hovering higher than the $2 billion mark.

The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs has argued since the lawsuit was initiated that it was meritless and was making hundreds of thousands in legal bills for taxpayers. They have claimed that numerous legislation companies instructed supervisors their strategy was a very long shot and criticized the county for continuing with the lawsuit.

Orange County supervisors have argued that the reward violates the condition constitution’s restrictions on debts – simply because of the obligation incurred – and simply because the 3 at 50 reward was granted retroactively.

Still in this tentative ruling, Choose Helen Bendix came down on the facet of the deputies by rejecting each of the county’s arguments, granting two individual AOCDS motions for dismissal.