The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 9, 2010
Crane vs. Low: See the Davids battle over pensions

A few months ago, The Bee ran this story about a spat over public pensions that got personal between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's economic adviser David Crane and California School Employees Association lobbyist David Low. The two went at each other during a CalPERS forum Jan. 29 in Sacramento that was intended as a reasoned discussion of pension fund costs.

Crane, who amassed a fortune in global investments, has been the administration's point man in its effort to trim pension benefits for new hires. Low has been an outspoken opponent of the idea.

We knew that CalPERS had recorded the daylong forum and asked for the footage a while ago, but we didn't know the video was available. On Thursday, we ran across this page on CalPERS' Web site with links to video of the Sacramento forum and a similar forum Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

Clicking the viewer below will start the 72-minute segment that included the David-vs.-David debate. Crane's remarks start at the 30-minute mark. Low's comments start at about the 45-minute mark. He takes a shot at Crane's income during the 49th minute. Things get heated at the end of minute 54 when Crane responds to the Low blow.

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