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CalPERS has found a replacement to head its Private Equity Investment Unit

“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 Silocon Valley private equity experience.  While this segment of the investment universe al 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. ”

Al Darby

California retirees are facing another hot election over who managers their pensions

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article230817654.html

Gov. Newsom has appointed Lisa Middleton

“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

“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.”

Al Darby,

President

"California Rule"

"California Rule"

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awarded by the state legislature but not “vested rights”) or special benefits bestowed by the legislature to be withdrawn by the legislature.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”).  

Dr. Richard Pan Introduces Measure Taking Bold Step to Address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

“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:

  • AARP California
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • California Alliance for Retired Americans
  • California Association for Adult Day Services
  • California Commission on Aging
  • California Domestic Workers Coalition
  • California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
  • California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association
  • CalPACE
  • Caring Across Generations
  • Disability Rights California
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network
  • Justice in Aging
  • LeadingAge California
  • SEIU Local 2015
  • State Independent Living Council
  • The Arc of California
  • UDW/AFSCME Local 3930

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