I admit I like numbers so here's an interesting coincidence about the two largest CA state pensions.
You know that $100,000 "Club" - the web site that lists all those with CA state pensions over $100K/year? Here:http://www.californiapensionreform.com/database.asp?vttable=calpers
Looking at CalPERS, it turns out that if you take the average of the 2nd highest pension = $300K (the highest of $500K is an "outlier" so we can ignore it for this calculation) and the lowest = $100K you get $200K. If you multiply that by the 9,111 retirees you get over $1.8 Billion. The coincidence is that $1.8 Billion is only slightly less than the amount the legislature had to add to CalPERS from the general fund (over and above the state's usual contribution).
Looking at CalSTRS and doing the same calculation you get $1 Billion. Which is almost as much as the amount that CA had to take out of the general fund to add to CalSTRS this year. (Over and above the 'normal' state contribution).http://www.californiapensionreform.com/database.asp?vttable=calstrs
Source: Cal dept. of finance as cited in http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/billion-113624-calpers-pension.html
This coincidence is only for this year (sort of like last year's date of 11/11/11). Next year the contribution to CalPERS will rise to $3.15B so no more coincidences for a while.
The "general fund" is where money for schools and support of the poor and disabled come from. For example, the state funding for the CA Community College system is roughly equal to that $3.15B going to CalPERS next year. Maybe we'll just shut down the CC system to pay for the pensions for CalPERS $100K+ retirees (including the guy retiring on $500K).
This is a government wealth transfer program - but from the "have nots" to the "haves". FDR must be spinning in his grave.