Paper Argues Full Pension Funding Not Needed

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. A paper issued by Stanford graduates seven years ago helped shift public focus to what critics call a “hidden” pension debt. Now a paper issued by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute ...

CalPERS Cuts LA Works Pensions: Who’s at Fault?

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. CalPERS board members voted last week to cut the pensions of about 200 former employees of a disbanded job-training agency known as LA Works, unless the four founding cities agree ...

California Payroll Retirement Savings Plan Can Take Hit

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. A Secure Choice lawyer thinks private-sector employees can still be automatically enrolled in the new state retirement savings plan, even if the Republican-controlled Congress repeals ...

CalPERS Investment Priority Shifts to Avoiding Loss

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. CalPERS is focusing on avoiding another big loss, not risky attempts to maximize investment earnings. A shift from stocks and growth investments in September to lower the risk of ...

CalPERS Tells Four Cities: Pay Debts to Avoid Pension Cuts

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. CalPERS has asked four San Gabriel Valley cities that formed a job-training agency 40 years ago, the now-disbanded LA Works, to begin paying down an 18-month-old pension debt totaling ...

In a First, CalSTRS May Set State and Teacher Rates

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. Actuaries are recommending that one of California’s oldest public pension systems, the California State Teachers Retirement System formed in 1913, lower its investment earnings forecast ...

In California, Another Ruling Says Pension Set At Hire Can Be Cut

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. A second appeals court panel has unanimously ruled that the public pension offered at hire can be cut without an offsetting new benefit, broadening support for what pension reformers ...

CalPERS Acts to Cut Earnings Forecast, Raise Rates

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. A key committee last week approved a drop in the often-criticized CalPERS investment earnings forecast, gradually raising record rates already being paid by state and local governments. ...

Cutting California Worker Debt Bigger Than Pensions

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. A new labor contract negotiated by the leaders of a 95,000-member California worker union has a pay raise that, an opposition group said last week, is more than offset by medical ...

California Supreme Court Agrees to Rule On Its Own Pensions

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. The California Supreme Court last week agreed to hear an appeal of a groundbreaking ruling that allows cuts in the pensions earned by current state and local government workers, ...
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