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Gov. Brown’s pension plan gets mixed reviews from reformers

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature mostly have avoided tackling the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, even though these taxpayer-backed debts to pay for pension promises to state and local employees have soared by 22 percent in the last

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State agency loses again in bid to expand clout of collective bargaining

For the second time in five years, state courts have rejected attempts by the California Public Employees Relations Board to sharply expand the sweep and power of state collective bargaining laws. Last week, a three-judge panel of the fourth state

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California high court sets stage for major pension ruling

SACRAMENTO – The battle over reforming California’s underfunded system of pension benefits does not involve any particular legislative proposal or initiative idea at this time but is centered on a coming state Supreme Court battle over an arcane legal concept.

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California cities facing growing pension costs in new year

SACRAMENTO – After two years of miniscule investment returns, the nation’s largest state pension fund – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System – has once again lowered its expected rates of return. Even some CalPERS officials and consultants argue the

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 28

New laws going in effect Gun sales on the rise Life expectancy plateau is good news for pensions Oakland for decades failed to inspect illegally converted warehouses like Ghost Ship Sierra Nevada snowpack below average Good morning. Happy Hump Day.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 30

U.S./Mexico water negotiations closely watched State strikes back at union threatening walkout CA Supreme Court to consider landmark pension ruling SF considering $5 million plan to defend those facing deportation ICYMI: What a Democratic supermajority means for the state Good morning.

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CalPERS staff nudges board to consider lower return rates

SACRAMENTO – There’s bad news coming down the pike for California municipalities following several days of board meetings for the nation’s largest state-based pension fund. Although no action has been taken, it’s clear the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – October 12

Escalating pension debt may rest on CA Supreme Court ruling Is the state free of liability in Secure Choice retirement plan? Gloria Allred goes after Trump tapes New battle over bilingual education Crowdfunding effort to get Trump tapes  Good morning.

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Union appeal focuses attention on pension precedent

SACRAMENTO – A decision by four Marin County public-employee associations to appeal a pension-related case to the California Supreme Court could ultimately determine whether localities have the tools needed to rein in escalating pension debt. At issue is how far

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Court ruling opens avenue for pension reform

SACRAMENTO – An Aug. 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union’s claim that its members had a right to “pension spiking,” which the court described as “various stratagems and ploys to inflate their income and retirement benefits.”

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