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Event:

Q3 Board Meeting

Dates:

September 19 & 20, 2014

Place:

Embassy Suites Ontario - Airport
3663 East Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761

NOTE: You need your chapter president's prior approval before attending a board meeting in order to have your expenses reimbursed.

Make your reservations with this link to ensure you receive the ACSS discounted rate.

Note: Deadline for reservations at the discounted rate is August 22nd.

Event:

Q3 Board Meeting

Dates:

September 19 & 20, 2014

Place:

Embassy Suites Ontario - Airport
3663 East Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761

NOTE: You need your chapter president's prior approval before attending a board meeting in order to have your expenses reimbursed.

Make your reservations with this link to ensure you receive the ACSS discounted rate.

Note: Deadline for reservations at the discounted rate is August 22nd.

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California State Supervisors

1108 O Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 326-4257 • (800) 624-2137

Association of
California State Supervisors

1108 O Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 326-4257 • (800) 624-2137

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Author: ACSS Communications Created: 11/13/2008 5:13 PM
Keeping members current with the latest news about ACSS and state excluded employees.

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled that state workers' pay can be cut to minimum wage when lawmakers miss the budget deadline. Another hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. today. The final ruling could come at that time or a few days later. Judges rarely change their tentative rulings.

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Here is a pdf of the Legislative Analyst's analysis of the McCauley Public Pension Reform Act. To recap: Signatures are now being gathered to put an intiative on the ballot to allow public agencies to reduce their retirees' pensions. We urge you not to sign this petition! The LAO report concludes that any savings that might result from reducing pensions would likely be offset from increases in other costs.

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According to a report covered by The Sacramento Bee, California's "shortsighted" payment plan is causing CalPERS retirees' benefits to cost far more than they need to. One proposed way to help: Raise new hires' benefitted retirement ages.

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We have written in the past about intent of Paul McCauley to place an intiative on the ballot to reduce public employees' pensions. McCauley has gotten permission to gather signatures. Sacramento Bee columnistJon Ortiz warned state workers about McCauley's intent. You will be interested in McCauley's response. You should also read the Secretary of State's announcement of the initiative.

The official title of this measure is: Renegotiation of Public Employee Pension Contracts. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. If approached to sign a petition, read it carefully!

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If you have questions about the state's layoff process, you can get answers in ACSS' free booklet, "Information and Counsel for State Excluded Employees Facing Layoff." Find it on our Web site under the "Labor Relations" tab or call 800-624-2137.

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In the final budget, Gov. Schwarzenegger cut the budgets of the constitutional officers -- who refused to furlough their workers -- by 10 percent, the projected savings of two furlough days a month. He cut Lt. Gov. John Garamendi's budget by a whopping two-thirds. The governor also is asking for approval to eliminate the Integrated Waste Management Board, against protests.

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Here, in easy bullet format, are the major provisions in the budget plan just approved.

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After a five-day impasse and a 45-hour session, the Legislature approved the budget package today. Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, provided the final Senate vote in exchange for some concessions, including establishing an open primary system and banning legislative pay increases during deficit years. Maldonado also won the elimination of an additional 12-cent gas tax.

ACSS members had mounted a legislative action campaign to urge Maldonado to vote for the budget compromise.

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Keep sending those emails urging your Republican senators to vote for the budget!

New GOP leader Dennis Hollingsworth, elected late last night in an ouster of Dave Cogdill, said this morning he hopes "this deal doesn't make it through." He wants a budget with no tax increase. The budget deal negotiated between legislators and the governor still lacks one Republican vote for passage (Cogdill and Roy Ashburn are on board). California requires a two-thirds majority to pass a budget.

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To read a copy of the governor's layoff letter (called a "surplus notice"), click the above headline.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger held off sending 20,000 layoff notices when the budget was expected to pass. With no budget, he now says he'll send those notices Tuesday morning.

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Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, hasn't committed yet to providing the final vote needed to approve the budget plan. He's holding out for four concessions, reports say: (1) an open primary for statewide office; (2) elimination of pay for lawmakers if they do not pass the budget on time; (3) a ban on legislative pay raises and per diem increases in years when there is a budget deficit; and (4) removal of pork from the budget proposal. For his chances and additional details, go to the Capitol Alert.

Meanwhile, no budget talks have begun today. The plan now is to start at 6 p.m.

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The legislators failed to reach a budget agreement yesterday and are scheduled to try again at 11 a.m. today. Sen. Abel Maldonado of San Luis Obispo has indicated he may provide the third Republican vote the agreement needs to pass.

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The Sacramento Bee has just published an online editorial we urge you to pay attention to. The headline tells the tale: "Please call Sen. Cox and urge him to be a hero."

It's Sunday afternoon and the budget deal is still stalled. Three Republican votes are needed. Until yesterday, Sen. Dave Cox of Fair Oaks -- who less than 24 hours ago referred to the state treasury's "dire need of cash" -- was expected to be one of the three. Early this morning, he backed down.

We urge you to follow The Bee's suggestion: Call Cox and tell him to cast that "yes" vote. The budget crisis affects you no matter where you live. If the gap isn't resolved immediately, the state will run out of cash and everyone in Caifornia will suffer.

Please call Sen. Cox today -- now -- and insist he cast his vote for the budget compromise that has been so painstakingly hammered out and is so close to passing.The future of California is at stake.

Cox's number: 916-651-4001.

 

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The budget plan stalled in the state Senate early this morning in need of one more Republican vote, reports a Sacramento Bee Alert. GOP leader Dave Cogdill supported the plan; Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield abstained. Sen. Dave Cox of Fair Oaks, expected to provide the needed third vote, voted no. The contentious issue is tax increases.

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