Well, dear readers, it looks like Inside Riverside isn't the only media outlet that has serious problems with John Benoit's bait-and-switch from the California State Senate to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
In it's "Roses and Raspberries" editorial column today, The Californian let Senator Benoit have it with both barrells.
You can read the entire column in The Californian here.
Good for The Californian! We thought we were the only ones that weren't afraid to say the truth in our news reporting.
But The Californian did leave out one very important fact about Senator/Supervisor-designee John Benoit's new job perks. Besides no longer constrained by term limits, once Benoit is on the Board of Supervisors, he will be back into the Cal-PERS retirement system. This will not only bump his retirement pay, but by getting in as an "miscellaneous employee" (that's how the County classifies elected officials) Benoit will no long have a cap on his retirement either.
Instead of being limited to making only 90% of his highest year's salary as a retired CHP officer, Benoit will now be able to make more than 100% of the highest year's salary as a County Supervisor when all is said and done. No wonder Benoit took the job!
Benoit will also be cashing in in the short term. When you add his $143,000 annual salary to his $98,600 retirement, this so-called public servant will be grossing $241,600 a year. It's amazing that this typical Republican hypocrite can even keep a straight face while he cashes in on the very system he attacks.
Oh, and don't forget, a big part of Benoit's retirement is tax free because of the questionable disability he said happened to him on the job.
To stem this tide of criticism look for John Benoit's first official action on the Board to be taking a 10% pay cut so he will be on par with all other elected officials who did so earlier in the year.
But maybe not. John Benoit is a after all a self-serving political whore. Maybe he won't take a pay cut. After all, he thinks he's better than everyone else. He probably thinks he deserves it.