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Are state workers resuming their rushing to retirement?

Posted Oct 10, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

California’s eight-month streak of declining state-pension applications ended with a 24 percent jump in July, according to CalPERS data. August followed with a hefty 64 percent surge, the largest single-month percentage increase since July 2010. Retirement filings last month rose 23 percent compared with a year ago.

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CalPERS chief executive comments on Stockton bankruptcy case

Posted Oct 09, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The ruling last week by a federal bankruptcy judge in Stockton’s bankruptcy case has caused many to speculate about the future of pensions. Public employees, retirees, employers, lawyers, taxpayers and journalists have legitimate questions and concerns (“Bankruptcy case should be a loud warning to cities,” Editorials, Oct. 3).

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Bankruptcy ruling may be moot

Posted Oct 09, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

A federal bankruptcy judge's decision that Stockton could toss out its contract with CalPERS, the state's giant pension fund, may lead to deep cuts in workers' and retirees' pensions, even though the city didn't ask for any cuts at all. It also could lead other cities to use the bankruptcy process to rewrite employee pensions over their workers' objections.

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Theresa Taylor Named CalPERS Election Winner

Posted Oct 03, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The election results indicate CSUEU-endorsed candidate Taylor received 55 percent of the valid votes cast during the voting period, which took place from August 29 through September 29. Unofficial election results also indicate that Mathur received 56 percent of the valid votes cast. More than 40,000 active state and public agency CalPERS members voted in the election.

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Do you want to represent other state retirees like yourself?

Posted Sep 25, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

We're having an election, and we want you to run! Eligible members who want to represent and serve CSR members on the Board of Directors must file their Candidate Filing Form for one of two open seats by 5 p.m. Nov. 17.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Dec. 1, 2014 and must be returned by Jan. 2, 2015. Only members of California State Retirees in good standing are eligible to vote.

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Former CSEA President Chuck Valdes dies under mysterious circumstances

Posted Sep 24, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  1 Likes Like Dislike

Charles P. “Chuck” Valdes, who served three terms as president of the California State Employees Association (CSEA) and 20 years on the Board of Administration at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration, died Sept. 2. The man who lived with him is accused of battery, corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant and elder abuse.

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CalPERS open enrollment runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 10

Posted Sep 23, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

CalPERS health plan members will notice many new options available to them in the open enrollment package recently mailed by CalPERS.

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CalPERS Dependent Eligibility Verification deadline nears

Posted May 06, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

About 40,000 CalPERS state retiree members were asked in December 2013 to verify whether their dependents are eligible to receive CalPERS health care benefits, but about 3,400 dependents remained unverified by May 1 even after several notifications, CalPERS reported May 6.

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Reed's pension measure is scrapped

Posted Mar 14, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- Mayor Chuck Reed on Friday abandoned what was supposed to be his crowing achievement, saying he had admitted defeat in his bid to get a statewide pension reform measure on the November ballot.

The decision was expected after Reed struggled to attract the well-funded allies he needed to raise the millions of dollars to gather the roughly 800,000 signatures required for the initiative to reach the ballot. Meanwhile, organized union groups mounted a campaign to defeat it, and dozens of other California mayors lined up against it.

The San Jose mayor will be termed out of office at the end of this year and had spent months traveling the state and Washington D.C. in hopes of gathering support for his initiative, which was similar to a city pension measure he championed in 2012.

 

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Chuck Reed suffers another legal blow

Posted Mar 14, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's statewide pension reform initiative was dealt a major setback Thursday when a judge rejected a lawsuit that could have made it much easier for Reed get his measure on the ballot.

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