At Politifest in 2012, I asked Scott Peters about the biggest blemish on his political career. The city of San Diego had gone through years of tumult over its employee pensions. In particular, in 1996 and 2002, the city decided to grant better retirement benefits at the same time it decided to shortchange the fund that was supposed to pay them.
Peters had been part of that second choice. I asked him how we could trust that he wouldn’t do something like that again in Congress.
“First of all, the city had 30 years of bad habits. Not funding its pension, borrowing against the pension. Unfortunately, as you pointed out, I did continue those habits in the early part of my term. I have to tell you, we realized that we had a problem, we recognized it and we took action to solve it,” he said.
Video of our full discussion is here.
Peters has been dealing with questions like this for quite some time and they will only get more intense as he fights to stay in the House seat he won that year.
Here’s a reader’s guide on Peters.
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Nothing new here, just vote for him, shut up, and then move along folks. Your betters know what's good for you.
Scott Peters was one of the worst persons on our city council. He was rude and destructive as the council president. If people went one word over their three minute speaking allowance he would rudely cut their mike off. Worst of all he tried to do away with non-agenda public comment....a complete slap in the face to all of our military who have fought through the years to preserve among other things our freedom of speech. It's time to dump him and let him go back to living off his wife's wealth rather than we taxpayers.
@Richard Ross Agreed. As Council President, during City Council hearings, Peters was mean to many Homeless and La Jolla seal advocates.
Scott Peters has the ideal position (imo) on campaign finance reform. But I do not see any concrete steps he's taken to make changes.
@Jim Jones No politicians can afford to turn down money - be it from unions, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Wall Street, or other multinationals. If we can make it so that no politicians are financially dependent on third parties then we might actually see politicians work for us instead of for them.
So the city had 30 years of bad habits, he admits he “continued those habits” (great diversion, worthy of a career politician), but then he claims “...we realized the problem, we recognized it and we took action to solve it....”
I guess that absolves him, at least in his own mind, from what he almost admits was a grievous mistake, but just what were the actions that Peters took to solve the pension problem? My memory needs refreshing on that one.
The city will be hamstrung till 2025 because of the pension mess. Huge opportunity cost providing those golden parachutes. But hey. We got a ball park out of the deal.
The Man is unworthy of public office IMHO.