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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is the co-author of the Essential California  newsletter and a general assignment reporter in the California section. Before coming to The Times in February 2017, Oreskes covered foreign policy at Politico in Washington, D.C.  He graduated from Northwestern University, and looks forward to seeing the Wildcats play in the Rose Bowl sometime soon.
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Essential California: Some L.A. pensions are so huge they exceed IRS limits, costing millions extra

Dozens of retired Los Angeles employees are collecting such generous retirement pay that they exceed pension fund limits set by the Internal Revenue Service, saddling taxpayers with additional costs, a Times data analysis has found.

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Essential California: How an expensive Big Sur wedding led to a new app

When tech billionaire Sean Parker chose a wedding venue in violation of the California Coastal Act, the state settled on a far more creative form of restitution: a mobile app.

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