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California Budget Deal Leaves GOP out in Cold

Posted Jun 30, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

California's legislature passed a Democrat-crafted plan late Tuesday to close a budget gap that initially stood at $27.6 billion—the first time in decades that state lawmakers approved a budget without Republican support in a move that could have far-reaching consequences for California.

The $86 billion spending plan for the fiscal year starting Friday was endorsed Monday by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown after he earlier vetoed another budget passed by the legislature. The new budget was approved by just over half of each house of the legislature, the first such budget since California voters last year reversed a decades-old law requiring budget approval by two-thirds of lawmakers. The reversal meant the budget could pass with support from only Democrats.

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Brown, Democrats reach budget deal without taxes

Posted Jun 28, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Abandoning negotiations with Republican lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown struck a deal with Democrats for a budget that assumes billions of dollars in fresh revenue — but could lead to major service cuts if the money doesn't materialize.

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PERSWatch hosts forum between two candidates July 6

Posted Jun 28, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Michael Bilbrey and Richard Ross – the two candidates in the CalPERS runoff election for a vacant seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration – will face off at an upcoming candidates’ forum. 
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Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders announce budget deal

Posted Jun 27, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new majority-vote budget plan.

"We've had some tough discussions, but I can tell you that the Democrats in both the Senate and the Assembly have now joined with the administration and myself and we have a very good plan going forward with the budget," Brown said at a press conference in his office this afternoon.
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Brown's spokesman calls Republicans 'basically moronic'

Posted Jun 27, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

With California's new fiscal year starting Friday and no compromise with the GOP on a budget in sight, Gov. Jerry Brown's chief spokesman called Sacramento Republicans "basically moronic" for failing to strike [Read More...]



Public Unions Take On Boss to Win Big Pensions

Posted Jun 23, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

New York Times June 21, 2011

Then Jim Righeimer, a conservative activist and real estate developer, jumped into the race last year.

The city was on the road to insolvency, he warned, because public employee unions had pressured politicians into handing over generous salaries and pensions. The police chief received $298,000 a year in total compensation, Mr. Righeimer noted. The deputy fire chief had retired with a pension of more than $182,000 a year.
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Governor vetoes Democratic budget

Posted Jun 16, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento Bee June 16, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed his own party's budget today, less than 24 hours after Democratic lawmakers sent him a majority-vote plan balanced with risky solutions.

The Democratic governor said during his campaign and throughout this year he would not sign a budget filled with "gimmicks," though he suggested earlier this week he had relaxed that stance.

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CalPERS Board Adopts 2012 Health Benefits Rate Package

Posted Jun 16, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s Board of Administration on June 15 adopted a 2012 health care rate package with an overall annual premium increase of 4.1 percent for more than 1.3 million CalPERS members.

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CalPERS Ambassador Program is Coming to Southern California

Posted Jun 16, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

All CalPERS retirees are invited to participate in CalPERS Ambassador Program at the El Dorado Park Senior Center in Long Beach Sept. 27.

The volunteer Ambassadors will receive education, training and communications so they can better understand, and in turn better communicate, the facts about their retirement benefits. Ambassadors will come together for an initial training and then receive timely facts and outreach ideas via e-mail.

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California budget talks hit an impasse

Posted Jun 08, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Republican lawmakers are prepared to let voters decide whether to close California's stubborn budget deficit with higher taxes in exchange for major changes in state spending, public pensions and regulatory policies.

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