EDITOR: Here is one little point that nobody has picked up on the police and fire pension deal in Santa Rosa. The city is going to give them an 8 percent raise to cover a 9 percent outlay. What has not been mentioned is that the increase in pay to help cover pension contributions will also increase the wages to be factored into their retirement benefits.

These guys will be making around $100,000 a year with this increase, which, given a 90 percent pension as early as age 50, gives them about $720 more a month raise to their pension.

The city sure sold us out and continued the good old boy back room deals.



Know Your Rights

California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:

— Soliciting clients at an accident scene, at a hospital, or on the way to a hospital.

— Soliciting clients who, due to their physical, emotional or mental state, may not be able to have reasonable judgment about the hiring of an attorney .

— Seeking clients by mail unless the letter and envelope are clearly labeled as an advertisement.

— Promising a particular outcome from legal representation.

In the wake of the fires, there is also the risk of victims being approached by people posing as attorneys. Consumers should determine if they are legitimate and licensed to provide legal services. Before hiring an attorney, look up their name or State Bar number on the State Bar website — www.calbar.ca.gov — to check the status of their license to practice law and whether they have any record of discipline.

Source: State Bar of California