I know the money issues in CA draw out very clear reactions but this article does a fairly good job of highlighting everything that has contributed to the cause. Here is the best quote from the article:
Here is a link to the article: Police Chief’s $204,000 Pension Shows How Cities Crashed“We didn’t have very many people looking out for the taxpayers when these deals were negotiated,” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, 63, said in a telephone interview.
Regardless of what happened in the past, the fix is going to be really painful. Hopefully California doesn't end up like Detroit.