From the Reporter
Congressman’s Pension Payout
Congressman Bob Filner’s pension will reach $82,000 annually assuming he retires after his current congressional term. If he’s successful in his bid for mayor and serves eight years, he’s eligible to receive a total pension worth almost $120,000 a year.
Why It Matters
As pensions remain the central issue in San Diego politics and Filner develops a reform plan, his own pension provides another example of the complexities and idiosyncrasies of government retirement systems.
The Perks
Filner’s retirement benefits feature many of the perks targeted by reformers. He retired from one job at age 50. He received a retroactive benefit increase for his time as a City Councilman. And if he becomes mayor, he can use that salary to boost his city payout far beyond what he earned previously.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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