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

The minimum wage hearing scheduled for Sacramento Superior Court Nov. 29 has been postponed with no new date set. The hearing is to determine is the controller's computer capability could handle minimum wage payments in the event of a budget impasse. A follow-up article claims the Schwarzenegger administration requested the delay. The new hearing has not been set but dates in March are being considered.

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Breaking news: Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate ACSS supported, has won her race for attorney general. Her Republican opponent Steve Cooley conceded this morning.

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As state supervisors, ACSS members know as well as anyone how to get the state working again. Governor-elect Jerry Brown wants the people's ideas. A suggestion form opens when you visit his Web site and each time you return to the home page. The NY Times article "The Tao of Moonbeam," on the site's homepage, praises and assesses Brown's win for California.

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According to The Sacramento Bee, in a year when state workers faced furloughs and minimum wage threats, the state hiring for executive positions increased. The state hired 246 executives in the first nine months of this year compared with 230 for all of last year. The average monthly pay for these positions is more than $9,000. Some of the hiring may be the result of an increase in retirements.

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The State Worker: The number of state retirements is already higher this year than all of last year, and last year was higher than normal. Why the upward trend? Simple math is one reason. Look for another spike soon, columnist Jon Ortiz predicts. The State Worker blog extends the column with the actual CalPERS numbers.

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The CalPERS board of administration today approved changes in CalPERS' health plan benefits to conform with the national health care reform laws passed this year.

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California is not the only state to reform its public employees' pension system. The State Worker blog this morning posts a Pew Center on the States report that details the changes made in 30 states in the last three years in either pension plans or health care benefits or both. Site includes a link to the full report.

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Catching up on the news: The State Worker column reported Thursday that SEIU Local 1000 members had approved a new three-year contract that gives its members 12 unpaid days off over the next year on top of nine furlough days already taken since the fiscal year began. DPA's pay plan for excluded employees is similar to SEIU's new contract.

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The Legislative Analyst's Office calculates a $25.4 billion shortfall through June 2012. Gov. Schwarzenegger will hold a special budget session beginning Dec. 6 to address the portion of that shortfall -- $6.1 billion -- due to the current budget falling short of expectations.

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CalPERS earned a 13.3 percent net return on its investments for the fiscal year ended June 30, beating the preliminary estimate by almost two percentage points and achieving a gain of more than $40 billion since the lowest point of the recession in March 2009.

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Assemblywoman Connie Conway of Tulare has been unanimously elected leader of the Assembly Republican Caucus, replacing Martin Garrick, who stepped down. Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat, was unanimously re-elected  to his post. His second term begins Dec. 6 when the new Assembly is sworn in.

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State Worker columnist Jon Oritz looks at the Jerry Brown's win from a state worker's perspective.

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ACSS President Arlene Expinoza has posted a "President's Report" reflecting her post-election thoughts, at left.

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Attorney General Jerry Brown, whom ACSS endorsed and who had more money spent against him than any other non-presidential candidate ever, has routed Meg Whitman in the governor's race. The secretary of state's semi-official results shows Brown with nearly 54 percent to Whitman's 42. Gavin Newsom will be the new lieutenant governor. Barbara Boxer retained her Democratic Senate seat. The race for attorney general is still too close to call. Check the secretary of state's website for all vote totals. Read also an analysis of how Meg blew her big chance.

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The ACSS board of directors and political action committee have completed their endorsements for the Nov. 2 election. Jerry Brown for governor and Abel Maldonado for lieutenant governor top the list. Check out our endorsement list to see what other consitituional officers ACSS supports and if there are endorsements in your Senate and Assembly districts.

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