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If Jerry Brown wants a satellite, these state scientists want a raise: Gov. Jerry Brown gave California scientists a big hug when they needed one a few weeks after President Donald Trump’s election. Back then, many of them worried that the new … Click to Continue »
CalPERS bites new watchdog at her second public meeting: A school district administrator who pledged to be a watchdog on the board that manages the nation's largest public pension fund was censured before her second public meeting for allegedly … Click to Continue »
CalPERS won't pull its money out of gun sellers. Here's what it's doing instead.: The nation’s largest public pension fund isn’t ready to entirely break from companies that sell the kinds of weapons and ammunition that are associated with mass shootings from San Bernardino … Click to Continue »
Pensions help San Francisco earn top bond rating: Tight pension management helped San Francisco get an upgrade this month to Moody’s highest general obligation bond rating, something many might not expect in a city known for liberal-leaning politics. A distinctive feature of the San Francisco system — requiring voter approval of pension increa...
Crucial court pension-cut ruling not on fast track: The state Supreme Court is proceeding at a judicious pace after agreeing to hear appeals of two rulings that would weaken or eliminate the “California rule,” allowing state and local government pension cuts. Briefing has yet to begin on a groundbreaking Marin County appellate ruling in August 2...
How more generous pensions boosted city costs: CalPERS sponsored legislation resulting in more generous city police and firefighter pensions, SB 400 in 1999, a well-known issue in the debate about whether growing pension costs are “unsustainable.” But CalPERS also backed legislation, AB 616 in 2001, giving most local government employees th...
Forum tomorrow in Newport Beach will address California’s public pension crisis: The Association of California Cities-Orange County will hold a pension forum Friday in Newport Beach featuring several local leaders. The discussion of California’s public pension crisis will include state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), Newport Beach City Councilwoman Diane Dixon, Huntington ...
Coping with the public employee pension albatross: Instead of the cross, the albatross About my neck was hung. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1798 By Ed Ring | In Coleridge’s famous poem, a sailor who killed an albatross has it hung around his neck as punishment. Since then, the albatross, which sailors used to consi...
A Response to Yves Smith on CalPERS: Yes, The Twelve Days of CalPERS by Yves Smith at naked capitalism is very witty, but it plays into the hands of those who would like to see public pensions dismantled. I like some of the work Yves Smith has  have been reporting on CalPERS, which obviously needs not only watching but needs to be ...
CalPERS Candidate Forum: September 16, 2014: CalPERS Auditorium Looking Toward Board Seats Please attend the upcoming CalPERS Candidate Forum. Sorry, I haven’t been keeping this site up but have concentrated on Corporate Governance. However, another election cycle is coming up at CalPERS. State and local government employees will each ele...
Retirement for Disability – Latest Developments in CalPERS’ Requirements: Retirement for disability can already be a cumbersome and confusing process. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) new and additional mandates – as set forth in its March 30, 2017 Circular Letter – raises the ante. The Letter informs all contracting public agencies of the...
CalPERS School and Local Agency Members May Now Recover Service Credit and Compensation Earnable Upon Administrative, Arbitral or Judicial Reversals of Terminations: CalPERS contracting agencies and schools should be aware that effective January 1, 2017, if an employee’s termination is overturned on appeal, back pay is not the only thing the employee will be able to recover. On June 21, 2016, we reported that Assembly Member Cooper introduced a new bill, AB 2...

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