Thu, Mar 17, 2011 -- 8:33 AM

Public Employee Benefits Poll ... Church Facing Eviction

Poll Shows Shift in Attitudes About Public Employee Benefits
A new Field Poll shows that two-fifths of voters feel the pension benefits of state and local government workers, are too generous. About a third of respondents feel the benefits are just about right, and roughly one in ten say they're not generous enough. Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo says that's a big change from a similar poll taken in 2009. Back then, two-fifths of voters found the pension benefits acceptable. DiCamillo says California voters also narrowly oppose restricting collective bargaining rights for public sector employees. That splits along party lines, with Democrats strongly opposed and Republicans strongly supportive.

Members Camp Out at Richmond Church to Fend Off Eviction
In Richmond, members of the the Bible Way Apostolic Church are waking up in the church today. Bible Way claims it fell victim to a mortgage scam. Members are trying to work out something with the Southern California bank that holds the loan. Claire Haas with the Alliance of Californians for Communty Empowerment says an eviction will hurt the neighborhood. The Contra Costa Times reached out to the bank, which declined to comment. Sheriff's deputies have reportedly not come to Bible Way to enforce the eviction order.

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