Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
The outrage generated by the bloated salaries and pensions for top officials in the city of Bell has been amplified throughout the state, and for good reason it is resonating in our fair city. One of the "Gang of Three" in Bell, Randy Adams, will be asking Glendale to contribute to his bloated pension, now estimated to be $411,000 per year for the rest of his life.
I'd be curious to know what Adams — former police chief of Glendale — was thinking when he maneuvered to position himself for this unwarranted payout. Was he thinking, "I deserve this," or was he thinking, "I can get away with this"? Did he believe that no one would take notice? Did he consider the financial straits of a nation, a state, of cities and of millions of people struggling to survive in a depressed economy?