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The CalPERS Board has adopted some new rules that reduce the number of meetings committees hold to quarterly (more if needed) and the Board will meet six times each year. There will be a Board workshop offsite meeting and a stakeholders meeting with the Board once a year. This new schedule reduces transparency, accountability, and the number of opportunities for stakeholders (specifically retirees) to communicate their concerns about proposals and other issues. A code of conduct that would have restrained free speech by Board members was not adopted but it was referred back to the committee for refinement. The following link is the first press report that questions the motives of the Sacramento Bee in articles about JJ Jelincic:
In a recent Boston College study, researchers found that Pension Boards with at least two members who possess extensive investment or actuarial experience cause their pension fund to increase investment return by up to 1.25%. This is a very significant number and strongly supports the election of JJ Jelincic, an investment manager, to the CalPERS Board Retiree Seat.
For the 2018/19 fiscal year. AMBIA brought us 1721 new members this year which is 190 more than the quota. We recruited 688 more from our own efforts.
AMBIA is also announcing the creation of a sales force of six people in California effective August 1, 2019.
“After almost two years, CalPERS has found a replacement to head its Private Equity Investment Unit. The new appointee, Greg Ruiz, has a strong private equity resume and comes will important Silicon Valley private equity experience. While this segment of the investment universe at CalPERS has performed well during this two-year period by continuing to outperforming public equity, this new hire and new emphasis on co-investing should propel this unit to an even more productive level. ”
“Gov. Newsom has appointed Lisa Middleton, a Palm Springs Councilwoman, to replace Bill Slaton on the CalPERS Board. This seat is held by an active elected official from a contract agency. When a Board member in this seat is no longer an elected official from a contract agency, a qualified new Board is found for that seat. Ms. Middleton was a36-year employee of the State Compensation Insurance Fund and retired as a V.P. over the fraud unit”.
“The RPEA Legislative Committee interviewed Henry Jones and JJ Jelencic in their meeting on March 14 to determine which candidate to endorse for the retiree seat on the CalPERS Board. The committee recommended JJ Jelencic for this position. On March 22, a telephonic RPEA meeting was conducted
to act upon the recommendation of the Legislative Committee. JJ Jelencic was endorsed by the RPEA Board for this seat on the CalPERS Board.”
The long-awaited State Supreme Court decision that threatened the “California Rule” has been issued and the court has held that the rule is still intact. This rule has been in-place since the 1950’s and has always held that pension benefits that exist in the contract between a public employer and CalPERS at the time an employee is hired cannot be altered in such a way that reduces the value of that person’s pension at retirement. This court ruling did permit “perks” (special benefits awarded by the state legislature but not “vested rights”) or special benefits bestowed by the legislature to be withdrawn by the legislature.
The case before the court was that of “Airtime,” a special benefit awarded by the legislature in 2003 to Cal Fire and other safety employees to augment their pension allowance, was determined by the court to be a perk and thereby not a vested right. This was a benefit that the employee had funded on his/her own and not an employer funded benefit, but the court still found this to be a perk that could be lawfully terminated in the 2012 pension reform act.
Fortunately, the California Rule was left intact by this decision which means that contracted benefits between CalPERS and public employers that exist when a person is hired must be maintained and, if altered, the value of the altered benefit must be of equal value in the replacement benefit. The 2012 pension reform act (PEPRA) reduced benefits for new hires on or after 1/1/2013 but did not alter contracted benefits for existing employees (referred to as “classic employees”).
“On Feb. 26, Dr. Richard Pan, a State Senator, has introduced long term care legislation to address this growing crisis in California. We will post more detailed information as this important legislation makes its way through the legislature. “
Al Darby, President
Senator Richard Pan and Assembly Member Ash Kalra introduced legislation to establish a new program to address the financing of long-term care services and support. Below is the Press Release issued today by Dr. Pan regarding the legislation to address the state’s long-term care crisis.
Dr. Richard Pan Introduces Measure Taking
Bold Step to Address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis
Coalition-backed legislation will create roadmap to long-term care benefit for middle-class Californians
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento area, and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, representing San Jose, today announced new legislation that is the first step toward building a new program to finance long-term services and supports (LTSS) for California’s working and middle-class families.
California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual, developmental, and/or mental health disabilities, many of whom struggle to afford the ongoing services and supports they need to live with dignity and independence.
As a result, millions of California families provide unpaid caregiving or mortgage their futures to provide care and support to their loved ones. Many must “spend down” their assets to qualify for Medi-Cal LTSS programs, putting additional pressure on an overburdened system and the state budget.
“As our family members and neighbors age, many families will need help caring for them at home or in a long-term care facility. But many families are unable to pay for needed care,” said Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region. “This bill will prepare California for an aging population by examining how middle class and working families can finance long term services and supports for their aging and disable loved ones.”
SB 512 creates the framework for a new program that would provide Californians with a managed cash benefit to spend on long-term services and supports. Also referred to as long-term care (LTC), LTSS consists of a broad range of day-to-day tasks that include personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting); complex care (medications, wound care); help with housekeeping, transportation, paying bills, and meals; and other ongoing social services. LTSS may be provided in the home, in assisted living and other supportive housing settings, in nursing facilities, and in integrated settings that provide both health care and supportive services.
“This is an important first step in addressing this critical need for a growing number of hardworking Californians,” said Assemblymember Kalra. “We look forward to working with the Governor and dedicated stakeholders to design a program that meets the needs of our most vulnerable communities.”
SB 512 was developed in concert with the California Aging and Disability Alliance (CADA), which includes a broad cross section of stakeholders, including statewide representatives of 20 aging, consumers, disability, labor, and provider groups.
“Our current system demands from people who have worked hard their whole lives to get rid of all their assets and income just to get the services they need,” said Doug Moore, Executive Director, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930. UDW represents more than 110,000 home care workers in California, who are paid poverty-level wages for the life-saving care they provide. “Many other families are overwhelmed trying to make a living while caring for their loved ones – in fact, caregiving is a significant driver of poverty in older women. This new program will bring relief to California’s middle-class families.”
The new benefit is designed to be available to families who earn too much to qualify for Medi-Cal and that program’s LTSS benefits, but who earn too little to afford long-term care insurance or to pay out of pocket for LTSS services.
“The costs of LTSS are beyond the reach of too many California families struggling to care for a loved one,” said Nancy McPherson, State Director for AARP California. “We need to expand access to these services in a way that is financially responsible for California and that empowers people who are aging or living with disabilities.”
The coalition includes:
It is with a very heavy heart that I notify you of the passing of our RPEA Headquarters Office Manager, Tanya Rakestraw. Tanya passed suddenly on June 24 after a lengthy battle with her illness.
Tanya was employed by RPEA in April of 2004 and served initially as Member Services Representative, moving on to Assistant Manager and eventually Office Manager. Under her leadership as Manager, RPEA saw an improved workflow and coordination among the employees which allowed for a reduction in staff, and in turn, resulted in a reduction of costs of operations of our Organization. She was a gem among gems and will be sorely missed by all with whom she dealt.
For myself, I felt honored to call her friend. Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again.
Marie Reed, RPEA Secretary/Treasurer
How to describe the loss of a dear special person! It is not easy and sometimes very difficult, but in the world of Tanya she would say, let me send you a draft of what we want to say. Tanya is no longer here to be that magical special person, her spirit, cheerfulness professionalism and memory will live on in the memories of all of us at RPEA.
Rosemary Knox, RPEA Vice President
Tanya was an invaluable asset to the association and to me as President. She ran the administrative arm of the organization with skill and precision and oversaw General Assembly planning and proceedings in a very professional manner. All of us in the association who knew her loved her for her very uplifting nature and very accommodating approach to handling chapter and individual problems. We will all have an empty space in our hearts and thoughts with her passing.
Al Darby, RPEA President