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Governor signs CSR-endorsed bills

Posted Oct 15, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Governor signs CSR-endorsed bills

Gov. Brown signed five bills in October that are beneficial to senior citizens and supported by California State Retirees (CSR).

Of the 896 bills the Legislature sent the governor this year before adjourning in September, the governor signed 800 and vetoed 96, according to Ted Toppin, legislative advocate for CSR. The approved bills go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

 

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Jelincic and Bilbrey are preliminary CalPERS board winners

Posted Oct 04, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Incumbents Joseph Jelincic and Michael Bilbrey Preliminary Winners of CalPERS Board Election

SACRAMENTO, CA – Joseph (JJ) Jelincic and Michael Bilbrey are the preliminary winners to fill two Member-At-Large seats on the Board of Administration for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) according to unofficial results released today by the Pension Fund. Formal certification of the results must be made by California's Secretary of State.

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25,000 CalPERS members have not received their CalPERS ballots

Posted Sep 25, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

It has come to our attention that approximately 25,000 CalPERS members do not have a mailing address on file at CalPERS, and therefore did not receive a ballot for the CalPERS 2013 Board Member-At-Large-Election.

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CSR Legislative Report

Posted Sep 20, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The following PDF is a list of Bills that CSR is supporting, opposing, or watching.

 
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CalPERS candidate forum is set for Sept. 5

Posted Aug 28, 2013 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

    The public is invited to learn more about the candidates running for Seat A and Seat B on the CalPERS Board of Administration by attending a candidate forum from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Robert C. Carlson Auditorium at  CalPERS Headquarters in Sacramento.

     Ballots were mailed Aug. 30 to the home addresses of CalPERS members eligible to vote in the election for the two open member-at-large positions. The voting period runs through Sept. 27 – the deadline for returning ballots to CalPERS.

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CSR Legislative Report

Posted Aug 27, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The following PDF is a list of Bills that CSR is supporting, opposing, or watching.

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CSR calls for legislative hearings to protect retirees' privacy

Posted Aug 16, 2013 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  1 Likes Like Dislike

California State Retirees President Tim Behrens wrote letters this week to legislative leaders urging them to hold special legislative hearings to investigate the many critical issues raised by a now-stalled CalPERS proposal to post a searchable database that provides the name and benefits of all of its 550,000 retirees.

“CSR – the largest state retiree organization in California – is deeply concerned about the potential threats a database searchable by member name poses to our 33,000 members,” Behrens said in letters to Sen. Jim Beall, the chair of the Senate Public Employees and Retirement Committee and to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, chair of the Assembly Public Employees and Social Security Committee. “Many of our members are of an advanced age which makes them vulnerable to scams and rip-offs that seek to separate them from their hard-earned pensions and other assets. Releasing their names will make them susceptible to harassing marketers, fraudulent activity and identity theft.”

A similar letter from Behrens was sent CalPERS President Rob Feckner.

Behrens said that California State Retirees recognizes that CalPERS member information has been considered public information for some time and that there is indeed some value in providing public access to pension data.

“Nevertheless, we do not believe that it is appropriate to release the name and pension data of every recipient in a searchable database that could be used to target individual retirees,” Behrens said.

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CSR to fight pension data release by CalPERS

Posted Jul 11, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  5 Likes Like Dislike

California State Retirees (CSR) – the largest state retiree organization in California – announced today that it is seeking legislation to limit the amount of pension information currently available through CalPERS under the Public Records Act.

“We understand that some public information must be released by law, but we do not support a pension data system like what CalPERS had proposed because it would have revealed much more than just how much a retiree’s pension is,” said California State Retirees President Tim Behrens. “Most of the 33,000 members in our organization are elderly and many are vulnerable. Releasing even just their name can make them targets for identity theft and harassing marketers and scammers.”

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CalPERS Retirement Planning Fairs

Posted Jul 05, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Learn about your CalPERS benefits and the retirement planning services available to you at a free Retirement Planning Fair. Meet representatives from CalPERS Regional Offices, program areas and partner organizations. Five classroom-style breakout sessions will provide information on retirement and health benefits, service credit and more. Use this one-stop shopping guide to access all of your planning needs.

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Mail Ballot Election Results

Posted Jun 27, 2013 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

CSR Delegates determined, via a mail ballot, whether or not to change CSR Bylaws, Article IX, Section 5(A) reducing the delegate ratio from 1 delegate per 100 active chapter members to 1 delegate per 200 active members. The proposal further specified that no chapter shall have fewer than three delegates.

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