Over $20 billion in pension benefits were paid out to California retirees last year, with 22,826 retirees earning pensions of over $100,000, according to California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) data.
The CalPERS data, released on the TransparentCalifornia.com website, shows a 63 percent increase in retirees getting pensions worth $100,000 or more.
According to the data, the top 3 CalPERS pensions went to:
1. Former Solano County administrator Michael Johnson: $390,485
2. Former Los Angeles County Sanitation District GM Stephen Maguin: $345,417
3. Former UCLA professor Joaquin Fuster: $345,180
The top 3 CalPERS pension earners in San Diego County were:
1. Former SDSU special consultant Robert C. Detweiler: $208,720
2. Former UC San Diego employee Louise B. Keeling: $196,172
3. Former SDSU administrator Ethan A. Singer: $192,452
Santa Clara County had the most retirees earning pensions of $100,000 or more from CalPERS in 2016 with 861.
According to TransparentCalifornia, state residents will spend over $30 billion on pension costs in the coming year.