CalSTRS ‘$100K club’ has nearly doubled over past five years, membership now stands at over 13,500

The number of retired educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has nearly doubled since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

The 13,527 CalSTRS retirees who collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The data shows 7 pensioners collecting regular, ongoing pensions of over $300,000 a year:

  1. William Habermehl, Orange County Office of Education: $369,831.
  2. Richard Bray, Tustin Unified School District: $326,882.
  3. Edward Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District: $324,287.
  4. Virgina Shattuck, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District: $320,592.
  5. James Fleming, Capistrano Unified School District: $315,707.
  6. James Smith, Evergreen Elementary: $301,995.
  7. Donna Perez, Alhambra Unified School District: $300,110.

The below table displays the top 15 employers with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

Final Employer

# of $100K+ pensions

% Increase from 2012

LAUSD

1370

63%

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

293

97%

GARDEN GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

178

114%

LONG BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

158

105%

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

142

129%

SADDLEBACK VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

141

127%

FREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

140

97%

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

136

139%

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT

130

69%

COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

129

70%

LOS RIOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

118

79%

EAST SIDE UNION HIGH

114

87%

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

103

129%

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

99

32%

MONTEBELLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

99

154%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here. An analysis of the data by region can be found by clicking on the links below:

With the addition of 2017 pension payout data from CalPERS and CalSTRS, TransparentCalifornia.com now has over 20 million public pay and pension records available online, in an easy-to-access and fully searchable format.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

New CalSTRS data: Bay Area’s ‘$100K club’ up 83% over past five years

The number of retired Bay Area educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has increased dramatically since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

Last year, 2,551 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in the Bay Area collected pensions of $100,000 or more — an 83 percent increase from 2012.

The top 3 Bay Area CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. James Smith, Evergreen Elementary: $301,995.
  2. Marilyn Miller, Hillsborough City Elementary: $298,646.
  3. Johanna Vandermolen, Campbell Union Elementary: $296,410.

Statewide, 13,527 CalSTRS retirees collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year, which marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The below chart displays the 10 Bay Area agencies with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

Fremont Unified School District

140

97%

East Side Union High

114

87%

San Jose Unified School District

69

53%

San Francisco Unified School District

68

119%

New Haven Unified School District

64

94%

City College Of San Francisco

63

117%

Palo Alto Unified School District

63

66%

Cupertino Union

57

50%

Contra Costa Community College District

51

82%

Pleasanton Unified School District

46

64%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

New CalSTRS data: Orange County’s ‘$100K club’ up 97% over past five years

The number of retired Orange County educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has nearly doubled since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

Last year, 1,989 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in Orange County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — a 97 percent increase from 2012.

Remarkably, the three largest CalSTRS pensions statewide all went to Orange County retirees:

  1. William Habermehl, Orange County Office of Education: $369,831.
  2. Richard Bray, Tustin Unified School District: $326,882.
  3. Edward Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District: $324,287.

Statewide, 13,527 CalSTRS retirees collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year, which marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The below chart displays the Orange County school districts with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

Garden Grove Unified School District

178

114%

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

141

127%

Santa Ana Unified School District

136

139%

Coast Community College District

129

70%

Capistrano Unified School District

103

129%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

 

New CalSTRS data: Inland Empire’s ‘$100K club’ up 95% over past five years

The number of retired Inland Empire educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has nearly doubled since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

Last year, 1,077 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in either Riverside or San Bernardino County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — a 95 percent increase from 2012.

The top 5 Inland Empire CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. Donald Averill, San Bernardino Community College: $270,667.
  2. Herbert Fischer, San Bernardino County Office of Education: $254,427.
  3. Sharon Mcgehee, Desert Sands Unified: $242,324.
  4. Susan Rainey, Riverside Unified: $242,209.
  5. Garrett Rutheford, Desert Sands Unified: $231,652.

Statewide, 13,527 CalSTRS retirees collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year, which marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The below chart displays the Inland Empire school districts with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

Corona-Norco Unified School District

95

94%

Riverside Unified School District

62

100%

Chaffey Joint Union High

58

76%

San Bernardino City Unified School District

57

68%

Ontario-Montclair Elementary

47

88%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

New CalSTRS data: LA’s ‘$100K club’ up 82% over past five years

The number of retired Los Angeles educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has increased dramatically since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

Last year, 3,850 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in Los Angeles County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — an 82 percent increase from 2012.

The top 3 Los Angeles CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. Virginia Shattuck, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified: $320,592.
  2. Donna Perez, Alhambra Unified: $300,110.
  3. James Kossler, Pasadena Area Community College: $299,432.

Statewide, 13,527 CalSTRS retirees collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year, which marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The below chart displays the 10 agencies in Los Angeles County with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

Los Angeles Unified School District

1370

63%

Los Angeles Community College District

293

97%

Long Beach Unified School District

158

105%

Los Angeles County Superintendent

130

69%

Montebello Unified School District

99

154%

Alhambra Unified School District

76

138%

Pomona Unified School District

63

70%

Arcadia Unified School District

60

100%

Mt. San Antonio Community College District

60

62%

Santa Monica Community College District

59

97%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

New CalSTRS data: San Diego’s ‘$100K club’ up 90% over past five years

The number of retired San Diego County educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has nearly doubled since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

Last year, 858 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in San Diego County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — a 90 percent increase from 2012.

The top 3 San Diego County CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. Rudy Castruita, San Diego County Office of Education: $288,945.
  2. Larry Perondi, Oceanside Unified: $278,015.
  3. Kenneth Noonan, Oceanside Unified: $274,248.

Statewide, 13,527 CalSTRS retirees collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year, which marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The below chart displays the 10 San Diego County school districts with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

San Diego Unified School District

142

129%

Sweetwater Union High

84

62%

San Diego Community College District

60

107%

Palomar Community College District

48

100%

San Diego County Office Of Education

47

68%

Miracosta Community College District

41

17%

Poway Unified School District

40

167%

Grossmont Union High

39

56%

San Dieguito Union High

37

118%

Southwestern Community College District

35

75%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

New 2017 pension data released: CalPERS payouts approach $21 billion, up 43% over past 5 years

Today, TransparentCalifornia.com — California’s largest public pay database — released pension payout data for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2017. The data show total pension payouts of $20.63 billion — a 43 percent increase from the amount reported in 2012.

In just the past fiscal year alone, CalPERS began paying out pensions to 25,472 new retirees, at a total cost of more than $1 billion annually. The top 5 largest pensions among those who began drawing a CalPERS pension in the past fiscal year went to:

  1. Former Gardena City Manager Mitchell Lansdell: $258,992.
  2. Former San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi: $225,283.
  3. Former Clovis City Manager Robert Woolley: $221,604.
  4. Former Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner: $216,388.
  5. Former Santa Clara County Undersheriff John Hirokawa: $215,810.

When broken down by last employer, the dataset reveals 40 agencies or state departments with at least 100 CalPERS recipients drawing pensions of $100,000 or more. The top 10 agencies or state departments with the greatest number of $100,000 or more pension recipients are shown below:

Last Employer

# of $100K+ CalPERS Pensions

Department Of California Highway Patrol

1217

County Of Santa Clara

920

Department Of Corrections

613

City Of Oakland

549

Department Of Forestry And Fire Protection

521

County Of Riverside

499

City Of Long Beach

374

City Of Santa Ana

285

City Of Anaheim

283

Department Of Justice

279

To view the entire CalPERS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

CalSTRS data not forthcoming

Update: The CalSTRS data was provided shortly after this piece was published.

2017 data for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) has yet to be provided to Transparent California in a useable format, despite the data already having been compiled and in CalSTRS possession for at least the past 25 days.

CalSTRS has twice mailed badly damaged, unusable CDs which purportedly contain the requested information. The system has refused to deliver the information via alternative means.

“CalSTRS is plainly required to make this information available in an electronic format under the law,” according to Transparent California Executive Director Robert Fellner. “Sending copies of broken, unusable CDs is not in compliance with the mandates of California’s Public Records Law. Even more bizarre is CalSTRS refusal to deliver the requested information in any one of the less-costly alternative methods suggested by Transparent California. We hope CalSTRS finds a way to comply with their obligations under the state’s public records law and provide the requested information in a useable format, just as more than 2,500 other California governments have been able to do.”

Los Angeles County

New 2017 calendar year data for the Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association (LACERA) is now available on TransparentCalifornia.com.

In just the past two years, LACERA began paying out pensions of $100,000 or more to 839 new retirees — or more than 15 percent of the total new pension recipients over that same time period.

The three largest payments among those recent members went to:

  1. Former Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Richard Barrantes: $309,142.
  2. Former Chief Physician Meenal Patel: $276,005. 
  3. Former Sheriff’s Department Chief David Fender: $271,957.

The overall top pension remains former Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Chief Physician Charles Mehringer, who earned $411,443 last year.

The data also reveal a significant difference in the average full-career pension by member type, as shown in the chart below:

Average 2017 full-career LACERA pension, by member type

Non-safety

Sheriff

Fire

$68,318

$107,893

$122,845

To view the entire LACERA dataset, please click here.

San Diego City

The just-released 2017 pension payout data for the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) reveals an average pension of $85,670 for full-career retirees.

The three largest payments went to:

  1. Former Deputy City Attorney Diane Silva-Martinez: $893,731.
  2. Former Fire Captain Bradley Cronk: $871,599.
  3. Former Assistant Police Chief Sarah Creighton: $854,225.

To view the entire SDCERS dataset, please click here.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with the new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan, free-market think tank. The website is used by millions of Californians each year, including elected officials and lawmakers, government employees and their unions, government agencies themselves, university researchers, the media, and concerned citizens alike. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.