The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 5, 2008
Orange County voters demand voice in public pensions

A whopping 78 percent of Orange County voters were approving Measure J, which makes county public employee and elected retirement contracts contingent on approval at the ballot box. You can read the Orange County Register story by clicking here.

Is this the leading edge of a wave of public pension changes that could sweep statewide?

We'll see. Keep your eye on the political fortunes of Orange County Board of Supes Chairman John Moorlach, the driving force behind Measure J. Some SoCal pundits think he'll move up the political ladder and take his pension reform message with him. William Lobdell of OC Metro Business Magazine suggested in this piece that Moorlach run for governor.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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