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99 ways to boost pensions in California -- at public cost
99 ways to boost pensions in California -- at public cost

Directing traffic is part of a police officer's job, and in the city of Fountain Valley, keeping cars moving comes with a $145 monthly bonus — and a bigger pension. Fountain Valley officers can also pump up their pensions by working with police dogs or mentoring schoolchildren. Those who stay in shape get as much as $195 more each month. All these perks boost officers' salaries and add thousands of dollars to taxpayer-funded pensions for years to come. The California Public Employees' Retirement System made these higher pensions possible. The nation's biggest public pension fund voted in August to adopt a list of 99 bonuses, ensuring that newly hired...

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