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Calpensions: How CalPERS ranks: average service, high costs

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By Ed Mendel
October 20, 2014

A new comparison with four other large public pension funds found that CalPERS, while scoring average on service, had high pension administration costs — $213 per member a year, nearly twice the average of $108 per member.

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Priya Mathur

Priya Mathur was removed from CalPERS board leadership positions for campaign finance disclosure infractions. | CalPERS

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
0/15/2014 10:37 PM

CalPERS punished one of its own Wednesday, stripping a prominent board member of her leadership positions because of her latest violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws.

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Priya Mathur

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 – 5:53 pm

CalPERS board member Priya Mathur, repeatedly fined for violating state campaign-finance disclosure rules, is facing a $4,000 penalty for her latest transgression.

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Calpensions: Pensions still a puzzle in Stockton bankruptcy

Pieces to the Puzzle

By Ed Mendel
October 6, 2014

A federal judge ruled last week that Stockton’s CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy. But Stockton does not want to cut pensions, and the lone holdout creditor says it can be paid without cutting pensions.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Bankruptcy judge lights fuse with Stockton pension ruling

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 10:20 pm

It should have surprised no one that federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein declared that public employees’ pensions are not sacrosanct when their employers declare bankruptcy.

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Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik
October 2, 2014

The investment house Franklin Templeton’s effort to knock down the city of Stockton’s proposal to emerge from bankruptcy portrays the case as one in which Franklin is defending itself against three big, faceless adversaries.

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AP: Ruling lets bankrupt city cut pension benefits

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AP California News
Oct 2, 9:28 AM EDT

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation – pension funds or creditors.

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The City of San Bernardino may benefit from a recent ruling about paying pensions in the city of Stockton.

By Ryan Hagen, Press-Telegram
Posted: 10/01/14, 11:38 PM PDT |

A decision Wednesday by the judge at Stockton’s bankruptcy trial that allows bankrupt cities to treat the California Public Employees’ Retirement system like other debtors might open the door for other insolvent cities that could want to cut back on expensive pension obligations — including San Bernardino.

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Calpensions: CalPERS earnings no longer last among big funds

By Ed Mendel
September 22, 2014

Three years ago CalPERS investment earnings hit bottom in a Wilshire consultants report that ranks the performance of big pension funds — dead last among its peers over the previous five years.

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SacBee: CalPERS gets $88 million in Citi settlement

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 4:44 pm

CalPERS said Thursday it has collected $88 million from a previously-announced settlement with Citigroup Inc. over toxic mortgage securities.

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LATimes: CalPERS picks Ted Eliopoulos to be investment chief

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Ted Eliopoulos is named chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Marc Lifsher
September 16, 2014

California’s huge pension fund has turned to a trusted insider to take over the daunting job of directing almost $300 billion in investments, crucial to the retirement of more than 1 million current and former state and local government workers.

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LATimes: CalPERS decides hedge funds are a sell

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The CalPERS board meets at headquarters in Sacramento. (Robert Durell / For The Times)

By Marc Lifsher
September 15, 2104

SACRAMENTO — The country’s biggest public pension system is getting out of hedge funds.

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SacBee: CalPERS cleared to sue ratings agencies

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 3:56 pm

The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund underperforms

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The pension fund for San Bernardino County employees exceeded its assumed rate of return of 7.75% for the 2013-14 fiscal year, but that’s about it.

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LATimes: Pension ‘spiking’ to cost CalPERS nearly $800 million, controller says

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By Marc Lifsher
September 9, 2014

Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from “legal” pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS debt report drops from $167B to $59.5B

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 8, 2014

CalSTRS was bracing to report the nation’s biggest pension debt under new government accounting rules that take effect this fiscal year — $167 billion, an amount so huge some thought it might increase the cost of issuing local school bonds.

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Calpensions: Small city puts spotlight on big CalPERS exit cost

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 2, 2014

A small but affluent Orange County city, with a current staff of only a half dozen employees, would have to pay about $3.6 million to leave CalPERS, the giant state pension system estimated two years ago.

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Calpensions: Image-sensitive CalPERS has down week in media

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By Ed Mendel
August 25, 2014

Last week was not a good one for CalPERS, which carefully tracks mentions of the giant pension system in the media and gives each story a rating of positive, neutral or negative.

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SacBee: CalPERS seeks safer path but can’t eliminate investment risk

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

CalPERS, still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial markets crash, is working to dial back the risk in its investment portfolio.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Pension fatteners reveal some strange public work rules

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 10:01 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 11:13 pm

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agreed to a mild reform of public employee pensions aimed, they said, at reducing manipulation of the system and reducing long-term costs.

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Bank of America

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 8:29 am
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 7:55 am

California homeowners and pension funds will receive $800 million from Bank of America Corp., the state’s share of a record-breaking settlement over toxic mortgages issued and packaged as investment securities during the housing bubble.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 11:10 am

A divided CalPERS board approved a regulation Wednesday that will allow nearly 100 different types of supplemental pay to count toward pension calculations for state and local government employees.

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LATimes: New charges filed against ex-CalPERS official in corruption case

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Alfred Villalobos is accused of conspiring with and bribing a former CalPERS executive to close a $3-billion deal with a Wall Street private equity firm. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal “placement agent” Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s largest public pension fund.

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SacBee: Investment bank faces possible suit over CalPERS investment losses

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 – 11:24 pm

California officials are threatening to sue investment bank Morgan Stanley over a series of toxic real estate investments that allegedly cost CalPERS nearly $200 million.

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OCRegister: Public pensions: Good news, bad news

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Annual returns are looking good for many funds, but they are still in a big hole when it comes to being able to meet obligations.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Aug. 3, 2014 Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Public investment types may be rubbing their hands together muttering, “money, money, money,” after stellar returns over the past year, but some have a lot more to crow about than others.

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Calpensions: Detroit-style pension cuts: could it happen here?

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By Ed Mendel
July 28, 2014

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 8:32 pm

It’s been one of the darkest chapters in CalPERS history, a bribery scandal that prompted a guilty plea from its former chief executive earlier this month.

It’s also been rather profitable.

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SacBee: CalPERS, CalSTRS report 18 percent profit on investments

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 – 12:13 am

Continuing to claw their way back from the 2008 market crash, California’s two giant public pension funds said Monday they each earned more than 18 percent on their investments in the just-ended fiscal year.

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CCTimes (AP): Former CalPERS CEO pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

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By Paul Elias, Associated Press
Posted: 07/11/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT
Updated: 07/11/2014 03:46:48 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The former head of the nation’s largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 7:32 am

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento inched closer to changing all that. Commenting during a hearing on Stockton’s bankruptcy case, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein suggested that employees and retirees could have their pensions reduced to facilitate the city’s financial reorganization.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS ‘victory’ a warning to uppity cities

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A San Bernardino sign on I-10 East is seen on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in San Bernardino, Calif. The San Bernardino city council voted Tuesday night in favor of the city filing for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

San Bernardino’s deal means pensions off bankruptcy table
By Steven Greenhut1:47 p.m.July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has racked up another victory in its effort to halt any effort by municipalities to get out from under their crushing pension obligations.

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Calpensions: Brown pension reform still has missing pieces

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 7, 2014

A bill that started out as Gov. Brown’s proposal to restructure the CalPERS board emerged from the Legislature last week as a more modest change: a requirement that CalPERS board members receive 24 hours of education in pension fund operations.

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OCRegister: O.C. Grand jury finds $3.3 billion retirement hole

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Solutions to filling the void in pension-benefit funding often pit unions against city officials.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: July 6, 2014 8:45 a.m.

So let’s start with the bracing news: Orange County cities have promised their workers more than $3.3 billion in retirement benefits that they do not have.

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LATimes: Teachers’ checks shrink a bit as California tackles pension shortfall

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Chris Megerian
June 28, 2014

When fifth-grade teacher Maggie Ellis receives her next paycheck at the end of the month, it will be a bit lighter. That’s because she’ll be contributing more money to the teacher pension fund, a small part of a sweeping, long-term plan to repair one of the state’s most difficult financial problems.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs teacher pension fund bill

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to begin paying down an estimated shortfall of more than $74 billion in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, acting on the last of a raft of budget-related bills ahead of the July 1 start of the next fiscal year.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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SacBee: CalPERS has interim agreement in San Bernardino bankruptcy case

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS gets $5 billion increase over seven years

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By Ed Mendel
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Full funding of the troubled California State Teachers Retirement System was approved by the Legislature last weekend, with most of the additional $5 billion coming from school districts that get no offsetting money from the state.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 10:25 pm

CalPERS’ health care premiums are going up again for hundreds of thousands of public employees and their families, although 40 percent of CalPERS members will see their rates decline.

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Calpensions: Stockton bankruptcy judge may issue two rulings

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 9, 2014

Stockton filed a revised debt-cutting plan last week that could lead to a deal with a holdout creditor, Franklin bonds, possibly enabling the city to emerge from bankruptcy without cutting pensions.

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Calpensions: New step to expose hidden retiree health debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 2, 2014

A decade ago new accounting rules directed state and local governments to begin calculating and reporting debt owed for health care promised retirees, which for state workers turned out to be more than the debt owed for pensions.

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SacBee: CalPERS lawsuit against Wall Street ratings agencies survives

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 – 11:02 am

CalPERS has defeated a bid by Wall Street’s leading credit ratings agencies to toss out the pension fund’s lawsuit over a $1 billion investment loss.

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LATimes: Teacher pension fund investments could fall short, Brown says

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Gov. Jerry Brown outlines his plan to fix the teacher pension fund’s $73.7- billion shortfall at a May 13 briefing. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Chris Megerian
May 21, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown released his plan for repairing California’s troubled teacher retirement system, his calculations assumed the pension fund would see investment returns of 7.5% over the next three decades.

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The Sun: CalPERS, San Bernardino agree to delay bankruptcy appeal

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 10:10 PM PDT |

CalPERS has again agreed to push back its appeal of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy eligibility and cancel an August hearing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a joint filing with the city that the delay is “critical to the success of the ongoing mediation.”

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 05/17/2014 09:00:00 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown last week proposed the first substantive strategy to shore up the state’s woefully underfunded teacher pension plan.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Pensions back on the agenda in Stockton’s bankruptcy

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 – 6:16 pm

From the onset of Stockton’s journey through bankruptcy, Judge Christopher Klein has implied, both through comments and rulings, that he sees it as a potential test of whether public employee pensions are debts that could be reduced.

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Calpensions: Brown CalSTRS plan: schools get biggest rate hike

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By Ed Mendel
May 14, 2014

Gov. Brown yesterday made a long-delayed proposal to get CalSTRS to full funding over the next three decades, giving the biggest rate hike to schools and smaller increases to the state and teachers.

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Calpensions: County pension funds can still tap excess earnings

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, May 12, 2014

An Assembly committee last week approved a bill aligning the state law covering 20 county retirement systems with federal tax law, disappointing some who want to bar the use of “excess” investment earnings for retiree health care and other purposes.

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SacBee: Report says California owes $340.7 billion, some being ignored

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The latest on California politics and government
May 7, 2014

The state of California is $340.7 billion in debt and while it is on track to repay much of the sum, it’s not doing anything about unfunded liabilities for teacher pensions and state retiree health care, the Legislature’s budget analyst said Wednesday.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am

Ten years. Enough time for a U.S. Treasury note to mature or a kid to start fifth grade.

And, as The Sacramento Bee reported last weekend, that’s also how long a Southern California public power executive worked full time and drew his government pension before CalPERS discovered the illegal arrangement. Why did it go on for so long?

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Calpensions: CalPERS board splits on pension ‘spiking’ rule

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 28, 2014

When government workers are temporarily promoted shortly before retirement, do they get the same pension increase as a permanent worker in the job — or would that open the door for “spiking,” the intentional tweaking of final pay to boost pensions?

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The Sun: CalPERS appeal of bankruptcy pushed back

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/14, 7:03 PM PDT |

Progress in confidential mediation between San Bernardino and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is promising enough that an aggressive schedule for briefs in CalPERS’ appeal of the city’s bankruptcy has been pushed back.

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LATimes: CalPERS board member under scrutiny again for late financial reports

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Priya Mathur, a longtime member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Administration, is in trouble again with the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to file timely reports.

By Marc Lifsher
April 20, 2014, 4:37 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A longtime board member of the country’s largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California’s political watchdog.

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Calpensions: Pensions still cloud Stockton bankruptcy exit

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 21, 2014

With a new twist, Stockton’s plan to leave a huge pension debt untouched was still an issue last week as the city council, hoping to end a two-year bankruptcy, approved settlements for 95 percent of the claims.

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The Sun: San Jose mayor warns Claremont audience of pension ‘crisis’

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/14, 10:54 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

CLAREMONT >> Skyrocketing pension costs threatened San Jose’s ability to pay for services and will have the same effect in cities and counties up and down the state if changes aren’t made, that city’s mayor told students and others at Claremont McKenna College on Thursday night.

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Calpensions: CalPERS hikes rate $459 million, funding still low

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By Ed Mendel
Thursday, April 17, 2014

The CalPERS board approved a major rate hike yesterday, $459 million, to replenish state worker pension funds that remain low, even though the stock market has rebounded from a post-crash low five years ago.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS members get $300 million from surplus

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 7, 2014

On a split vote, the CalSTRS board last week gave members in two unusual retirement accounts, which have a guaranteed minimum return, a $300 million credit from a surplus.

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Sacbee: CalSTRS says pension funding gap has grown to $73.7 billion

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 – 11:12 pm

CalSTRS said Thursday that its long-term funding shortfall has risen to $73.7 billion, a stark reminder of the financial issues facing the teachers’ pension fund.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California budget is balanced? Not by a long shot

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:11 pm

One of the conceits of Capitol politicians – much on display during this election year – is that they finally balanced the state budget after years of deficits.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS rate hike: a start, full phase-in or delay?

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By Ed Mendel
March 24, 2014

The total spending increase needed to get CalSTRS, brought low by mismanagement, back to full funding may be the biggest-dollar scenarios ever presented to a California legislative committee.

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LATimes: Delays would mean bigger costs for shoring up teacher pension fund

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By Chris Megerian
March 19, 2014, 2:17 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The longer California’s leaders delay shoring up the cash-strapped teacher pension fund, the more money it will cost taxpayers in the long run, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Calpensions: Vallejo bankrupt again? ‘We are not going there’

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 17, 2014

The Vallejo city council last week voted to close a $5.2 million gap in the current budget, showing no alarm that in a five-year forecast the gap reopens, mainly driven by rising pension costs.

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SacBee: CalPERS, bankrupt San Bernardino report progress in funding talks

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 – 3:47 pm

CalPERS and the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, headed for a possible legal showdown over pension contributions, said this week they’ve made headway in mediation talks.

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Calpensions: Judge finds no ‘vested right’ to spiked pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 10, 2014

A superior court judge last week said he plans to uphold a key part of a new state law that curbs ‘spiking’ in county retirement systems, notorious for giving retirees pensions that are much higher than the salaries they earned on the job.

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LATimes: Estimate of how much state owes for retiree healthcare keeps rising

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By Chris Megerian
March 6, 2014, 9:18 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — While lawmakers begin discussing ways to fix California’s cash-strapped teacher pension system, another long-term financial problem continues to fester.

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Calpensions: Three new rulings on retiree health care cuts

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 3, 2014

A federal appeals court last week gave Sonoma County retirees another chance to show that an implied contract gave them vested rights to retiree health care, preventing the benefit from being cut to $500 a month.

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The Sun: CalPERS can appeal San Bernardino bankruptcy eligibility

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/27/14, 8:12 PM PST |

San Bernardino’s largest creditor has permission from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal a bankruptcy judge’s finding that the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection, raising the potential that the court could reverse the 2012 ruling that city officials then called vital for the city’s protection.

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SacBee: Huge CalSTRS funding hole grew for 10 years

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, February 24, 2014

Getting CalSTRS back to full funding, if rates are steadily increased over the next half dozen years, would take an annual increase reaching more than $5 billion a year by 2020 — about what the state general fund currently spends on UC and CSU combined.

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SacBee: Moody’s warns bankrupt cities they must cut pension debts

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The latest on California politics and government
February 20, 2014

Moody’s Investors Services, a major bond rating house, warned Thursday that if bankrupt California cities don’t reduce their pension obligations, they risk returning to insolvency.

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/20/14, 8:13 PM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Realizing they both have a lot to lose if public employee retirement costs continue spiraling out of control, Los Angeles County and its labor unions have agreed to what they called “sweeping reforms” that could save as much as $840 million over the next 30 years.

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The state teachers pension fund faces a $71-billion shortfall, but Gov. Brown is willing to wait until next year to craft a remedy.

By Chris Megerian
February 20, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

WEST SACRAMENTO — When the glass-sheathed headquarters of the California teachers’ pension fund opened five years ago, it was supposed to help anchor developments along the blighted riverfront on the capital’s outskirts.

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KXTV: Almost $1 billion needed in 2015 to fix Calif. teachers pensions

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John Myers
KXTV 2:37 p.m. EST February 19, 2014

State legislators are getting a cold dose of reality about California’s ailing pension fund for teachers: find a way to boost contributions by almost $1 billion in 2015 and $5 billion a year soon thereafter… or watch the system collapse by the time current teachers reach retirement.

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Calpensions: CalPERS rate hike: governor wins, cities lose

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By Ed Mendel
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A divided CalPERS board yesterday approved a faster rate hike for the state urged by Gov. Brown, but opposed by unions. A proposal to give struggling cities the option of more time to phase in the rate hike, seven years instead of five, was rejected.

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The Governing Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System. (Calpers)

Article by: FENIT NIRAPPIL , Associated Press
Updated: February 16, 2014 – 10:50 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation’s largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

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SacBee: CalPERS poised to raise rates, but not on Brown’s timetable

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 – 10:28 pm

CalPERS and Gov. Jerry Brown agree the pension fund needs to significantly raise its contribution rates to keep up with ever-increasing life expectancies.

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METRO

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By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 02/07/2014 12:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/09/2014 08:10:25 AM PST

Kudos to Gov. Jerry Brown for demanding last week that CalPERS stop kicking pension debt further down the road. Too bad he hasn’t applied the same standard to the CalSTRS shortfall.

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Calpensions: Faster rate hikes sought for CalPERS and CalSTRS

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By Ed Mendel
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gov. Brown yesterday urged CalPERS to speed up a $1.2 billion rate increase needed because workers are living longer. Assembly Speaker John Perez said last week he wants to speed up a $4.5 billion CalSTRS rate hike plan, acting this year not next year as the governor suggested.

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SacBee: Assembly Democrats urge California teacher retirement fix

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 29, 2014

With California facing a massive teacher pension shortfall, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, unveiled an effort Wednesday he hopes would fully fund the system.

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OCRegister: Pension board for public employees takes $450 million risk

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Orange County Public Employees Retirement System officials are hoping that a loan to little-known companies with poor credit ratings will supercharge the pension fund’s earnings.

BY MIKE REICHER / STAFF WRITER
Published: Jan. 23, 2014 Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 7:57 a.m.

In the past year, the Orange County Public Employees Retirement System board has agreed to loan $450 million to companies in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, mostly little-known companies with poor credit ratings that need cash.

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CCTimes: Daniel Borenstein: Time for CalPERS to get real about life expectancy

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Daniel Borenstein

Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 01/17/2014 01:43:25 PM PST
Updated: 01/17/2014 02:51:52 PM PST

State and local governments face more pension rate increases as the nation’s largest retirement fund continues to fix its flawed accounting, this time by acknowledging that future generations will live longer.

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SacBee: CalSTRS reports 19.1 percent investment gain

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 – 6:42 pm

CalSTRS said Thursday it earned a hefty 19.1 percent return on its investments in 2013 but repeated its plea for funding assistance from the Legislature.

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SacBee: CalPERS reports higher investment gains

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 11:35 pm

CalPERS reported its best annual investment gains in a decade Monday, a development that could alter the political climate as another fight looms over pension reform.

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SacBee: CalPERS says it will kill pension database project

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 9:10 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 11:38 pm

A controversial project to put hundreds of thousands of government retirees’ pension data on the Internet is virtually dead.

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AP: Gov. Brown vows to start debate over teacher pensions

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By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Posted: 01/12/2014 02:41:40 PM PST
Updated: 01/13/2014 06:09:14 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — In Gov. Jerry Brown’s promise to start paying off California’s massive liabilities, the largest single unfunded debt will not be seeing any additional pay-down in the coming fiscal year.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 13, 2014

A new state budget Gov. Brown proposed last week does not have a long-sought rate hike for CalSTRS, which is projected to run out of money in three decades. But the budget does call for talks with teachers, schools and others to work out a rate-hike plan.

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