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Brown's Countdown, Day 89: California tax debate goes on the road

Posted Apr 08, 2011

Sacramento Bee

Published Friday, Apr. 08, 2011

With the budget stuck in neutral, Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are leaving Sacramento to bolster their case for and against taxes.

The dueling roadshows reflect the fact that the parties remain at loggerheads after talks broke down last week. Facing a remaining $15.4 billion deficit, Brown is still seeking an election on taxes.

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CalPERS to seek legislation to bar gifts to public employees

Posted Mar 16, 2011
Shaken by a report alleging wrongdoing by former top officials, directors of the California Public Employees' Retirement System voted to push for legislation curtailing gift-giving to public employees and limiting board members and executives from going to work for companies doing business with the pension fund. [Read More...]

Donna Snodgrass for CalPERS board

Posted Mar 14, 2011
CSEA Vice President Donna Snodgrass will do the best job representing the interests of state retirees on the CalPERS Board of Administration, the CSEA Retirees Board of Directors decided at its meeting in Burlingame Feb. 11. [Read More...]

Does your chapter need delegates for Delegate Assembly in August?

Posted Mar 14, 2011
Members in good standing who want to serve as delegates at the CSEA Retirees Delegate Assembly should contact their chapter president to see if there are openings.
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Is your chapter worthy of award for excellence?

Posted Mar 14, 2011
Each of the 25 chapters within CSEA Retirees, Inc. has different strengths, styles and goals for their chapter members.

But certain standards of excellence are recognized within all chapters throughout California.

The concept of the Distinguished Chapter of the Year was adopted last November by the CSEA Retirees, Inc. Board of Directors. Board members agreed that effective nonprofit organizations recognize the achievements of their members and organizational units. Without recognition, individuals and chapters will not see standards of excellence and thus will not be able to strive toward those goals.
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Brown's countdown, Day 64: Governor, GOP talk through weekend

Posted Mar 14, 2011
Sacramento Bee March 14, 2011

If things had gone according to plan, Gov. Jerry Brown might be on the campaign trail asking voters to support tax extensions to balance the state budget.

Instead, the Democratic governor spent the weekend negotiating with Republican lawmakers to place his tax package on the ballot in exchange for long-term changes on pensions, spending growth and state regulations. [Read More...]

CSEA scholarship apps are due April 29

Posted Mar 14, 2011

The grandchildren, dependents and spouses of CSEA members have until April 29 to submit scholarship applications to the CSEA Foundation.

Scholarship applications may be obtained by calling Gae Van Wagoner at (916) 326-4228 or they can be downloaded by going to the CSEA Web site.

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California lawmakers dismissive of aggressive pension rollback

Posted Mar 03, 2011
Lawmakers on Wednesday reacted skeptically to a controversial new proposal to lower public employee pensions throughout state and local government.

"Frankly, I just don't see this happening," said Sen. Alex Padilla during a joint meeting of Assembly and Senate committees that oversee public employee compensation.

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WSJ/NBC poll: Strong Support for Bargaining Rights

Posted Mar 03, 2011
Americans strongly oppose efforts to strip unionized government workers of their rights to collectively bargain, even as they want public employees to contribute more money to their retirement and health-care benefits, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows. [Read More...]

GOP in California tax talks

Posted Mar 03, 2011
In what could become a turning point in Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to close California's $26.6 billion deficit, a group of Republican state senators may support the Democratic governor's plan to ask voters for extended tax increases, in exchange for concessions, people familiar with the matter said. [Read More...]

2011 CalPERS Special Election Candidates' Forum

Posted Feb 04, 2011
PERSWatch will sponsor a “CalPERS Candidates’ Forum,” moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The forum will take place in the CalPERS Auditorium, Lincoln Plaza North, 400 P Street, Sacramento, California.

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Group aims to end collective bargaining for public employees

Posted Feb 02, 2011
Sacramento Bee

A Santa Barbara-based organization that wants to end union representation of California government employees has revved up its campaign contribution collection machinery for a run at putting the idea to a statewide vote.

Although Secretary of State records indicate that Californians for Public Union Reform hasn't reported that it has taken in any money yet -- it just filed with the state last week -- it is positioning itself to accept contributions with an aim toward putting an initiative on the ballot next year.

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Medi-Cal patients would pay more and have limited doctor visits under governor's proposal

Posted Jan 11, 2011

Medi-Cal patients would have new mandatory co-pays and limits on their prescriptions and doctor visits.

Doctors and nursing homes would be hit with a 10 percent cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements.

And state funding for adult day health care would be eliminated, making it tougher for thousands of frail seniors to remain in their homes.

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We helped make the Brown victory happen!

Posted Dec 16, 2010

When Governor-elect Jerry Brown told me at a recent fundraiser that he intended to defend the defined benefit pension system, I was reassured that CSEA Retirees had made the right decision to support Brown in the November election.

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Jerry Brown pledges to pursue 'common purpose' as governor

Posted Nov 04, 2010

The most expensive non-presidential race in U.S. history ended Tuesday with Democrat Jerry Brown back in the Governor's Office after surviving more than $160 million in campaign spending by Republican Meg Whitman.

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Zero Cost-of-Living Adjustment to Impact Most Vulnerable Older Adults

Posted Oct 15, 2010

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The release of today's zero cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by the Social Security Administration (SSA) presents yet another daunting challenge for millions of older adults who are still struggling to make ends meet in today's economy.

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Calif. high court upholds Schwarzenegger furloughs

Posted Oct 12, 2010

The California Supreme Court's ruling Monday upholding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to furlough state workers ends an 18-month budget distraction and puts more pressure on public employee unions to negotiate benefit rollbacks with the administration.

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The choice is clear – Brown for governor!

Posted Oct 11, 2010

The race for California governor will be very close, agree all of the election pollsters.

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An ugly, temporary answer to California's intractable budget problems

Posted Oct 11, 2010

It was another prolonged Sacramento production, full of bickering, posturing and inaction that led to the latest state budget in modern history and provided a convenient target for the gubernatorial candidates, who say things would be different if they were in charge.

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Seniors brace for 2nd year with no Social Security increase

Posted Oct 11, 2010

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Seniors prepared to cut back on everything from food to charitable donations to whiskey as word spread Monday that they will have to wait until at least 2012 to see their Social Security checks increase.

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