During the Feb. 2 Glendale City Council candidates forum at Oakmont Country Club, none of the candidates addressed the major problems with Glendale's pension system. At one time pensions were sustainable (2% at age 50 in 1973) for safety officers. This was before past city councils made too many concessions to the unions. For example, they agreed to change the retirement formula from 2.5% to 3% at age 50 for each year of service. It should have applied only to future years of service, not past service already earned. It didn't.
As a result, a safety officer with 20 years of service on June 30, 2001, instead of being credited for 50%, (20 years at 2.5%), received 60% at 3% per year. This 10% increase represented a 20% increase in their pensions for service prior to June 30, 2001. Although the current council changed the formula to 3% at age 55, on Jan. 1, 2011, it only applied to new hires.