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CalPERS Candidates’ Forum

PERSWatch sponsored the “CalPERS Candidates’ Forum,” moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The forum took place in the CalPERS Auditorium, Lincoln Plaza North, 400 P Street, Sacramento, California. Seven candidates running in the Special Election, to fill the Member-At-Large Position B vacancy, participated in the event. […]

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CalPERS Ambassador Program

If you are a retiree, hopefully, you saw the brief article on the Ambassador Program in the California State Retiree or on the CSEA Retirees Inc. website. If you aren’t a retiree, contact CalPERS at the e-mail below and ask them if you can attend as well. You may need to take some time off […]

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Organizing for Retirement Security

Disclaimer: These are my notes from the second day of a conference of mostly California pension funds. I try, but don’t guarantee accuracy. These notes are very abbreviated and do not cover several speakers. The LA Trustees Roundup keeps getting better every year. If you’re a trustee or even just a member of a public pension […]

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Cost of “Air Time” May Rise Soon

The CalPERS Board will consider lowering its investment return expectations from the current 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent.  If you are a CaPERS member and are thinking about buying “air time.” If the discount rate is changed, it will apply to all applications postmarked on or after March 17, 2011. Lowering the discount rate to 7.5% […]

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Protect Your Pension

On February 28 and March 1, learn how to protect your pension fund. The Los Angeles Trustee Network invites a frank discussion of issues. Major and minor public pension funds from around California will be represented at this free, very informative conference at the Sheraton Gateway at LAX in Los Angeles.

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Don’t Toss That Proxy! Learn From CalPERS

Resolution MB 8/09, approved at CSEA’s last General Council, sought to expand on the leadership CalPERS has shown in the area of corporate governance by exploring how CalPERS could better influence the proxy voting of its own members and in helping us to evaluate which mutual funds vote in alignment with our own values and […]

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CalPERS Election and Candidate Forum April 26

As we have during the last two CalPERS elections, PERSWatch will sponsor a candidate forum so that members and the general public can meet and ask questions of the candidates. The forum for the Member-At-Large candidates will be held on April 26, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the CalPERS auditorium at 400 P […]

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Diehr Elected: Another Candidate Forum Planned

George Diehr has been officially re-elected to the board of administration of CalPERS, as the state elected member. Diehr received 77.5% of the votes; Inderjit Kallirai received 22.4%. Only 28,373 votes were cast by state and Cal State University employees out of about 340,000 eligible voters. We tried to boost interest and voting by holding […]

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CalPERS Bonuses

The AP’s Cathy Bussewitz has done a very good job on a topic that I warned needed more attention. (AP Investigation: Calif. pension bonuses examined, 10/21/2010) CalPERS’ plunging value came as stock values tumbled around the world, the state’s economy suffered its worst decline in decades and basic state services faced severe budget cuts. Virtually […]

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Candidate Forum

Through PERSWatch.net, I had the distinct pleasure of sponsoring a second CalPERS Candidate Forum (the first was last year), thanks to co-sponsorship by the Sacramento Central Labor Council, facilitation by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, use of the CalSTRS Boardroom, video by CalPERS and cooperation from 2010 State Board Election candidate Inderjit […]

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