Green Party says governor really only half right in surprise decision to drop plan to privatize public employee pension system
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS ADVISORY
For immediate release: Thursday, April 7, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO (April 7, 2005) – The Green Party of California – commenting on
Gov. Schwarzenegger's surprise announcement Thursday to drop a plan to
privatize California's public employee pension system – said the governor
is really only half right.
"Our local police and firefighters were very concerned, and correctly so,
about the Governor's ill-conceived privatization of their pensions," said
Santa Monica City Council Member Kevin McKeown.
Many, including the Attorney General and the police and fire chiefs and
survivors of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty,
have cautioned the governor that the suggested initiative ballot language
could result in employees losing death and disability payments
"Now if only we can convince the Governor that our teachers and nurses are
local heroes, like our public safety officers, and their jobs deserve
protection, too," added McKeown, a Green Party of California spokesperson.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437