By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2011

A Los Angeles judge Tuesday ordered the release of all pension data for 50,000 Los Angeles County government retirees, rejecting arguments by union and retirement system attorneys that the records are confidential.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled that the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. must produce several variables that are used to calculate an employee’s pension, including years of service at retirement, additional service credits purchased by an employee and the pension formula.

Chalfant also largely denied a request by lawyers for two unions representing sheriff’s deputies to keep the names of former undercover officers secret. The union lawyers argued that revealing those names could put the retired officers at risk of retaliation from drug cartels and gang members that they targeted on the job.

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