Wednesday, August 11, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) has refused a local newspapers request to release a list of its pensioner’s who receive payments of $90,000 or more per year.

Is anyone really surprised? After all it is San Bernardino County right?

The Press-Enterprise has filed a lawsuit in San Bernardino County Superior Court to force the release of the data. Even though several of the twenty counties covered by the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (commonly known as the 37′ Act counties) have already been forced to do so.

One of the most recent forced to disclose? Orange County.

Now SBCERA insists it doesn’t have to either. One would think the pension fund would have chosen disclosure over fighting, especially with all the taxpayer heat being generated by public pay and pension issues.

No doubt Ruth Stringer, San Bernardino County’s lead attorney, weighed in on this decision.

Wait until taxpayers get a dose of her pension and termination leave cashout amounts.

San Bernardino County’s six-figure club is undoubtedly a substantial lot that will likely raise many eyebrows when the information is ultimately made public.

Believe me. The information is sure to provide news fodder for weeks.

Once again we have San Bernardino County transparency at its finest.