Two OC Supervisors Demand Cut to Bustamante’s Pension

Two Orange County supervisors on Monday called on pension officials to cut part of former county executive Carlos Bustamante’s pension after he pled guilty to three felonies related to his work at the county, including attempted sexual battery by restraint, stalking, and grand theft by false pretense.

In a letter to Orange County Employees’ Retirement System officials, supervisors Todd Spitzer and Andrew Do asked that Bustamante’s pension be retroactively reduced to the day his admitted felony conduct occurred, between July 2009 and October 2011.

“The public is sick and tired of people like Bustamante and Former Sheriff Carona being convicted of felony conduct while in office and then riding off into the sunset with their full taxpayer paid for pensions,” Spitzer said in a news release.

“The law is based on a sound public policy to protect taxpayers and prevent felons from being able to continue to accrue benefits while they commit crimes,” said Do.

Click here to read the supervisors’ letter to pension officials.

Nick Gerda covers county government for Voice of OC. You can contact him at ngerda@voiceofoc.org.