I must confess at the outset of this piece that I am one of those Costa Mesa taxpayer activists. I'm one of a growing list of residents who are looking deeper at how our city spends money, peeling the layers away from the onion and not liking what we see!
I read with interest retired Officer Clay Epperson's recent community commentary ("Council should listen to interim chief's opinion," June 17) regarding the police restructuring plan and his pointed criticism of our elected officials for trying to balance our budget and prioritize our spending.
Here are some facts that Epperson neglected. He retired in 2009 at the youthful age of 50. He receives a $146,000 a year lifetime pension from taxpayers, with at least a 2% annual increase for life and a lifetime of free medical benefits. He is listed as No. 4 on the California Pension Reform watchdog list for Costa Mesa for these extravagant benefits.