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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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Chuck Reed sues over summary of pension initiative

Posted Feb 07, 2014 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Proponents of a pension-change initiative want a judge to edit key language used to describe their measure, contending that it was written to bias voters against it.

The lawsuit filed this week by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other local government officials behind the proposal accuses Attorney General Kamala Harris of writing a title and summary that “uses false and misleading words and phrases which argue for the measure’s defeat, is argumentative, and creates prejudice against the measure, rather than merely informing voters of its chief purposes and points ...”

 

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CSR succeeds at stopping CalPERS pension data base

Posted Jan 13, 2014 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

    After California State Retirees (CSR) took the lead in calling for legislative hearings regarding pension privacy rights, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced Jan. 6 that it will rescind its plan to post on its website the names and pension amounts of 550,000 CalPERS retirees.

   In July, CalPERS agreed to postpone the launching of its searchable pension data base when CSR and other retiree organizations argued that public information should only be released upon individual request under the Public Information Act. Posting the pension information of all CalPERS members on a data base would make it easier for solicitors and identity thieves to obtain information, the groups argued.

   The Jan. 6 statement released by CalPERS Spokeswoman Rita Gallardo said: "After many discussions with our stakeholders and partners, we have come to better understand their concerns about posting this public information in a secure database on the CalPERS website. Next month CalPERS staff will report to the [CalPERS Board of Administration] that we no longer believe the intended benefits of posting the database on our website outweigh the risks and concerns to our members and that we should not move forward with our previous plans.

 

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CSR Executive Director Phillip Sherwood addresses CalPERS Board

Posted Dec 19, 2013 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Ordinarily, when increases in employer and employee pension contributions are discussed, we would be the first to question the need for such increases.  But the current reality shows it is prudent to adjust contributions in light of the updated actuarial assumptions.  Members are living longer.  Hence the long term stability of the fund outweighs knee jerk objections in our estimation.

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