A new column by Joe Mathews is certainly worth sharing. I noticed that it has been published in other newspapers, so I will send it to the Marin Independent Journal to see if they will run it. It answers many questions people have about the current situation and how we got here. I'll also send it to Rollie Katz, executive director of MAPE, as a follow up to his recent Marin Voice.
people are still confused by the term "California Rule". This column
clearly explains when, where and how it came to be. It was a court
ruling that became a law, and has subsequently caused California - and
other states that have adopted its use - to amass trillions in unfunded
pension debt. It threatens the future of cities, counties, schools and
all government agencies. It "necessitates" rate hikes such as the one
now being proposed - again - by the Marin Municipal Water District,
although they will undoubtedly deny that.
With five more cases to be heard by the State Supreme Court, we can only hope that the justices will have the courage to follow the Appeals Court opinion in MAPE versus MCERA: