19 12, 2022

CalPERS, CalSTRS need fresh skills to take on new risks, Betty Yee says

2022-12-19T10:12:16-08:00December 19th, 2022|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , , , |

By Arleen Jacobius Source: Pensions & Investments Asset owners need a different set of tools to navigate their portfolios through the uncharted waters they find themselves in today, said Betty T. Yee, outgoing California state controller and member of the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS. To get there, boards need more education related to these issues and risks including geopolitical and climate change, and to hire staff with different skill sets to augment the deep investment expertise plans already [...]

16 11, 2020

As public pension costs soar, some Southern California agencies turn to controversial borrowing to fill deep holes

2020-11-16T09:55:34-08:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , , |

The little agency responsible for killing mosquitoes and rats in the Coachella Valley will see its bill for worker pensions nearly triple over just four years. Payments will also nearly triple for Cal-OPTIMA, Orange County’s health care system for low-income people, seniors and those with disabilities, as well as for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, the folks who bring events to the historic stadium in Exposition Park. They’ll more than double for the Orange County Transportation Authority, which [...]

6 10, 2020

Controller Yee: ‘More work’ ahead for CalPERS board

2020-10-06T09:46:02-07:00October 6th, 2020|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: , , |

Even though CalPERS is taking steps toward fixing its governance problem, officials at the $411.5 billion pension plan say the road ahead is long. California Controller Betty T. Yee, who sits on the boards of both California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sacramento, and the second-largest U.S. public pension plan, the $262.5 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System, West Sacramento, is helping drive the changes. Her duties on both boards give Ms. Yee an unobstructed view of the culture and [...]

3 08, 2020

California Supreme Court forbids pension spiking, but upholds other retirement protections

2020-08-03T11:59:28-07:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

The California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against public employee unions that were trying to beat back part of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension overhaul law. The court’s ruling prohibits so-called pension spiking, a strategy in which county public workers took extra shifts, worked odd hours at higher pay or cashed out accumulated leave at the end of their careers to inflate their pensions in retirement. The Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association filed a lawsuit in 2012 over Brown’s [...]

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