Is it worth $1.20 a day for eight months to protect the prosecutor – who convicted scores of violent criminals, including a man who killed his grandmother – from becoming an easy target when those criminals are released and seeking revenge?
You’d spend more on a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop than San Diego County Employees Retirement Association has spent per day defending a lawsuit. Over two years, the bill has come to $101,929.
Besides that retired prosecutor, we’re trying to protect from financial exploitation an elderly woman who spent 38 years of her life helping others. She buried the thousands of people who die unclaimed each year in San Diego County and tried to locate their families. Then there is the 91-year-old former sheriff’s deputy who spent 34 years protecting and serving – isn’t it worth $1.20 a day to keep him safe and secure?
If a government agency could have taken action to protect these constituents and didn’t, there would be public outcry. Through its legal appeal, the retirement association is striving to protect some of society’s most vulnerable individuals – the elderly and disabled – from these and other threats by keeping their names confidential.