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Finance Department urges CalPERS to reduce risk

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is considering reducing its investment risk with a plan that would be so ineffectual it could lead to a “rate shock” when the pension bills come due, according to the California Department of Finance.

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Pension reform initiative reworked

The leaders of California’s pension reform movement have scrapped their previous effort, introducing two new schemes instead. The news added a fresh twist to the state’s long-running game of political cat and mouse, which has seen state officials labor to cast would-be reforms

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DeMaio/Reed pension reform initiative may be pushed back to 2018 ballot

Over the weekend, two sources indicated to me that the Chuck Reed/Carl DeMaio pension reform initiative would be pulled, re-written, and re-submitted to the attorney general for a new title and summary. If it is to be re-filed, it is

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San Jose scraps pension reform measure

In a remarkable move, the city of San Jose walked back its high-profile Measure B scheme to reform its costly public pensions commitments. Striking a deal Losing police to other jurisdictions, Mayor Sam Liccardo faced “enormous pressure to reach a settlement,”

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CalSTRS pension fix harder on taxpayers than UC fix

In the newly enacted 2015-16 state budget, the University of California has agreed to major pension changes, building on revisions already made under Gov. Jerry Brown since 2011. This account is from the Sacramento Bee: As part of an arrangement

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CA pension reformers push ballot measure

The struggle over reforming California’s public pension system has been taken up a new notch. Given the poor track record of past efforts to reform pensions on the statewide level, a bipartisan alliance of former municipal leaders, including ex-San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and

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Campaign 2016: Bipartisan group files pension reform initiative

The battle over California’s out-of-control public employee pensions could soon move from the courtroom to the ballot box. A bipartisan group of pension reform advocates, led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, recently filed a

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CA city bankruptcies unnerving bond industry

The fallout from municipal bankruptcies in Stockton and San Bernardino continues to play out in unexpected ways, with old presumptions that most significant creditors would be treated similarly falling to the way side. This week, Franklin Templeton filed vigorous objections

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Courts: Maybe public pensions can be cut

One theme CalWatchdog.com has covered over the years is that public pension programs are not sacrosanct. Although the general interpretation of the California Constitution is that the pensions must be paid — no matter what — if there’s no money,

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New option could cut state retiree medical costs

Fairly well known is California’s state and local pension problem, as much as $500 billion according to a 2011 Stanford University study. Less well known is the coming acute shortage in medical care for such retirees. Last December, Controller John

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