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By From page A5 | April 23, 2014

EDITOR:

I noticed a significant misquote in your coverage of the Candidates’ Forum at the Tea Party of El Dorado Hills regarding my views on public pensions. Knowing that your publication represents the finest standards of journalism and seeks to promote the public good through the most comprehensive and objective reporting possible, I am writing to help your readership obtain the actual commentary from that evening. Thanks for publishing it for clarity. For the record, I do not wish to “reel in” public pensions as has been reported.

It is fortunate that the forum was recorded so that the citizens of El Dorado County are able to discern my message from that evening. I encourage review of that conversation at youtube.com/watch?v=f_u-GA4X2o0, specifically the discussion beginning at the 2:00 mark and continuing to the 3:00 mark. Careful reviewers will note that I was speaking about reeling in spending ideas and expectations and not about “reeling in public pensions.”

It is no secret that our county has an unfunded pension liability.

Public pensions represent a contract with the retired employees who earned them. I did not suggest that the existing pensions change in any way. The county has taken steps to reduce its pension liability by decreasing the pension expectations for newer county hires. That action directly supports my assertions about reeling in both expectations and future costs.

Thank you.

MIKE OWEN
Cameron Park

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