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Phil Matier: Brown Hasn’t Ended Double-Dipping By Appointees

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SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – Several officials Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed to state boards and commissions simultaneously collect a salary and a public pension, despite the governor’s campaign promise to end so-called double dipping.

Those political appointees are exempt from a California law that prohibits state employees from collecting a public pension if they are drawing a full-time state salary.

“Jerry Brown said during his run for governor that he was going to put an end to this, or at least put curbs on it. He hasn’t,” said KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier.

The Los Angeles Times documents several instances where commissioners appointed by Brown continue to collect pensions from a previous government job while earning six-figure salaries for their current post.

Notably, Ann Ravel, receives a combined income of more than $300,000 a year for her work as chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Members of the parole and unemployment boards also collect both pensions and salaries.

Matier said the not uncommon practice of appointing retired city or county government employees to part-time jobs on state boards has become more controversial because of the push for pension reform.

A spokesman for Brown defended the governor’s appointments, saying the retired government workers were the best qualified for the positions because of their experience in the public sector.

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