More than 700 former city and school employees in the San Ramon Valley are now receiving pensions through the California Public Employees' Retirement System, some collecting more than $100,000 a year.
The retirement compensation is part of a list posted by the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers.
The CalPERS list was unveiled as the state Legislature last week approved a pension reform bill that is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Among other reforms, the legislation raises the retirement age for most new employees from 55 to 67 to receive full benefits. It also eliminates so-called "double dipping" and caps the pensions of highly paid retired workers.
At the top of the list is former superintendent Robert Kessler, who worked in the district for 34 years. Kessler, who retired in 2008 after 13 years as superintendent, was earning more than $18,000 a month when he retired. He now collects almost $13,000 a month in pension, or about $150,000 a year.
Second on the list is Roberta Silverstein, the district's former assistant superintendent. She was earning $15,000 a month when she retired after 31 years with the district. She now collects $11,300 a month in pension.
At least 50 former employees receive pensions of less than $1,000 a month. More than 100 others collect pensions between $1,000 and $2,000 a month.
Teachers also don't receive Social Security benefits.
At the top is retired Engineering Services Director Joye Fukuda. She worked for more than 23 years for the city. The survey lists her final salary at $16,800 a month. Her initial monthly pension is almost $14,000 a month, which works out to more than $160,000 a year.
Next on the list is Mary Athan, the widow of Byron Athan, who died in 2009 at age 91 after working for the city for 26 years as city attorney and city manager. He also served on the City Council. His widow is listed as receiving $11,600 in monthly pension.
Phillip Agostini, a retired senior transportation engineer, is listed as receiving $9,800 a month in pension after working for the city for 35 years.
Also on the list is former city manager He was earning $26,000 a month when he retired. He collected a monthly pension of $7,300 after putting in almost 27 years. That pension amount may change in the future. Moniz retired in mid-2011 and the amounts in the list were based on last year's payments.
More than 20 of the 60 retirees listed collect less than $1,000 a month in pension.
Greg Rogers, San Ramon's city manager, noted the city contributed money to the CalPERS system while the retired employees work, but they no longer put money in for that worker once they retire.
He said San Ramon is able to manage its costs because, among other things, it doesn't allow so-called "spiking" where unused vacation and other items can be used to inflate a pension.
Rogers does think the pension reform legislation approved last week is a good start to fixing the system.
"Reforms need to be made," said Rogers. "We need to go furthur."
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is not on the list because they do not participate in the CalPERS program. The district in 2010 after being criticized for having three retired high-ranking officials who each are receiving more than $250,000 a year in pensions.
There was also no information on retired employees from the city of Danville because that town also is not part of CalPERS.