California is in extreme economic stress, but you would not know it from the continuing retirement packages given to local officials. Despite past scandals involving grotesque pensions in California and other states, Alameda County supervisors continue to award themselves breathtaking benefits as in the case of retired County Administrator Susan Muranishi who will receive $423,664 a year for the rest of her life.
Muranishi’s package begins with $301,000 base salary. Then she is entitled to an over $24,000 “equity pay” amount that guarantees that she will receive at least 10 percent more than anyone else in the county.
She then adds roughly $54,000 a year in return for “longevity” of service of over 30 years. Then she adds an annual performance bonus of $24,000 plus another $9000 a year for serving on an ad hoc committee overseeing the sale of excess land. Then she is entitled to an $8,292-a-year car allowance. This all adds up to roughly $425,000 for the rest of her life and she is only 63 years old.
Under the country rules, Muranishi’s pension will equal the dollar total of her entire yearly package — $413,000.
It is an outrage that Administrators have used their offices to acquire such benefits. It is the very definition of self-serving corruption and yet none of the supervisors seemed to feel the need to respond to press inquiries.