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ACSS President Frank Ruffino Appointed to Deputy Treasurer for Fiona Ma

Posted: 1/9/2019 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 1431

On January 7, 2019, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma appointed ACSS President Frank Ruffino as Deputy Treasurer of Pension and Benefits for the State Treasurer’s Office. He accepted the position and was sworn in during Fiona Ma’s inauguration ceremony as the 34th Treasurer of the State of California. Ma has been a supporter of ACSS for many years and understands the issues facing California State managers and supervisors and other excluded employees. In return, ACSS has endorsed Ma in her campaigns and we congratulate her in her new position as State Treasurer. Ruffino and Ma have continued to build a strong professional relationship and ACSS views Ruffino’s new position as a positive step.

ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster comments, “Frank’s hard work, service and dedication to ACSS including holding multiple leadership positions, has been invaluable to the members. ACSS members have enjoyed many wins over the years of Frank’s service and wish to congratulate Frank on this amazing honor and achievement he is receiving in this new appointment.”

Ruffino said, “I am humbled, honored, grateful and proud that an ACSS member has been given this special opportunity by the Treasurer to serve the State of California.”

At the next ACSS Board Meeting on January 19th, 2019, an election for the vacancies created by the departure of the Executive Vice President and President will be held among the current Board of Directors members.  


Fiona Ma was guest speaker at an ACSS Board Meeting in January 2016. Pictured here with ACSS President Frank Ruffino.


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ACSS-Endorsed Candidates – 2018 General Election Results

Posted: 11/8/2018 Tags: election legislation legislature PAC Tags Views: 625

ACSS Legislative Advocate, Ted Toppin, provides a summary of how well our ACSS-Endorsed Candidates fared in the recent General Election:

Election Day results were very positive for ACSS and ACSS-endorsed candidates. Overall, the ACSS candidate or ballot measure was successful in 99 of the 103 races that have been determined thus far. Six races are still too close to call.

Statewide Races
In races that were decided yesterday, seven out of 8 of ACSS’ endorsed candidates for statewide office – including gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom – were victorious. Newsom will be sworn in as the next Governor of California on January 7, 2019. Other winners were Xavier Becerra for Attorney General, Betty Yee for Controller, Fiona Ma for Treasurer, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, Malia Cohen for BOE District 2, and Joel Anderson for BOE District 4. The races for Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction are too close to call at this time. Unfortunately, ACSS-endorsed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez was unsuccessful in his race for Lieutenant Governor.

Legislative Races
In legislative races, the ACSS-endorsed candidate prevailed in 92 and lost in 3 of the races in which ACSS took a position. Three Assembly seats and one Senate seat are still up in the air.

In the Assembly, the ACSS candidate won in 77 races and lost in 1. In contested open seat contests, ACSS was 4-1, including victories by Buffy Wicks (D-Berkeley) in AD 15, Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) in AD 30, James Ramos (D-Inland Empire) in AD 40, and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Carlsbad) in AD 76.

In AD 38, ACSS-endorsed candidate Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) is neck and neck with his opponent Christy Smith. With only 1% of votes separating them, it is too close to say who will come out on top. In AD 60, ACSS-endorsed Sabrina Cervantes (D- Corona) is essentially tied with her Republican challenger Bill Essayli. Similarly, ACSS candidate Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) holds only a narrow lead over Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris in AD 74. The one unsuccessful ACSS-endorsed candidate was Josh Lowenthal (D-Huntington Beach) who was defeated in AD 72 by Republican Tyler Diep.

Of the 18 Senate races in which ACSS took a position, 15 candidates were victorious, 2 candidates lost, and one is still too close to call. In open seat races, ACSS was 2-1. ACSS-endorsed candidate Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) was victorious in SD 24, as was Brian Jones (R-Santee) in SD 38. Mike Eng (D-Los Angeles) was defeated in the race for SD 22. ACSS-endorsed candidate Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) is holding on to a narrow 1% lead over her opponent in SD 12 with votes still to be counted. In SD 14, ACSS-endorsed Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) was defeated by his Democratic challenger Melissa Hurtado.

Statewide Ballot Measures
The ACSS Board voted to oppose Proposition 6 (2017 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative), which failed on Election Day.

Click here for complete election results for ACSS-endorsed candidates. Open seat candidates are in bold.


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Every Vote Counts! Election Day is Approaching…

Posted: 10/19/2018 Tags: election legislature Tags Views: 354

Midterm Elections are coming up soon. Don’t forget to vote on or before November 6th. Every vote counts!

Vote By Mail
Early voting in the Midterm Election has begun. Your ballot should have arrived in your mailbox already. Make sure you fill out your ballot completely and mail it in or drop it off at a designated ballot drop off location on or before November 6th. The last day to register to vote is Monday October 22, 2018. Vote-by-mail ballot requests must be submitted by October 30, 2018.

Candidate Endorsements and the PAC
ACSS has done a thorough job researching, interviewing and supporting legislative candidates that are best-suited to benefit Excluded Employees. ACSS-Endorsed candidates can be found on our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. If you would like to help candidates in your area, we have provided their contact website to make it easy for you. In addition, donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) helps ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Salary compaction
  • Pension protection
  • Fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees
  • And more!

Your Vote Matters!
As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Also, you can take a look at the California 2018 Voter Guide for information on the propositions. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!


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In Case You Missed It - ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter

Posted: 9/28/2018 Tags: election meeting Tags Views: 512

The ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter focused on the 12th Delegate Assembly in July of 2018. Get the inside scoop on the meetings, resolutions, elections and celebrations during the triennial event. In addition, read the special content on why Gavin Newsom is ACSS' choice for Governor in the upcoming Gubernatorial election. Download your copy of the Q3 Quarterly Newsletter today!  Or, click here to read past issues of the ACSS Quarterly publication. 


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Another Successful Delegate Assembly for ACSS

Posted: 7/27/2018 Tags: election events Tags Views: 857

On July 13-15th, 2018, ACSS held its 12th triennial Delegate Assembly to review bylaws and policies, elect the Board of Directors, and elect Statewide Executive Officers. On Friday July 13th, the ACSS Executive Officers held an orientation and two committee meetings to review and discuss the Bylaws, Policy, and Fiscal resolutions that would be voted on at Saturday’s Delegate Assembly.

Saturday's Delegate Assembly held an election for the Board of Directors to serve the next three-year term. The Delegate Assembly also voted to pass all ten resolutions. Newly elected Chapter Presidents and Chapter Officers were sworn-in and took the oath of office to serve for the three year term. Saturday evening featured a dinner celebration that was enjoyed by all. Four past ACSS presidents attended the weekend’s events – Ron Franklin, Tim Behrens, Olin King and Arlene Espinoza.

On Sunday, ACSS held a brief Board Meeting and re-elected members to serve on the Statewide Executive Committee. They were sworn into office by ACSS Past President Ron Franklin.

Congratulations to all the newly elected Chapter Officers, Delegates, Board of Directors and Executive Committee! ACSS Delegate Assembly 2018 was a huge success. View the revised Bylaws and Policy file.

Click here to read the President’s Report.

 


ACSS Chapter Officers


ACSS Delegates


ACSS Executive Officers swearing in

Click here to view more photos from Delegate Assembly 2018.


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Primary Election Results - ACSS Endorsed Candidates Advance to November Election

Posted: 6/7/2018 Tags: election governor PAC politics Tags Views: 1150

“ACSS had another great election day with all but two ACSS-Endorsed candidates advancing to the November election under California’s unique ‘top-two’ primary system.

An ACSS-endorsed candidate advanced in 97 of 98 races, including Democrat Gavin Newsom who finished first in the Governor’s race and will face a Republican in November. ACSS was 5 out of 5 in contested campaigns for open legislative seats.”

- Ted Toppin, ACSS Legislative Advocate

Click here to view complete election results. Open seat candidates are in bold.


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Don't Forget to Vote in the Primary Election on June 5th!

Posted: 5/24/2018 Tags: election governor PAC politics Tags Views: 581

Your vote matters!

Don’t forget to get out and vote in the California Primary Election on Tuesday June 5th, 2018! Help support ACSS’ Endorsed Candidates with your vote in the June Primary. Supporting these candidates and donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee are simple things you can do to ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Resolving salary compaction
  • Protecting pensions
  • Ensuring fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and confidential state employees
  • And more!

On June 5th, please vote and help ACSS Endorsed Candidates cross the finish line in these critical seats. Every vote counts!


Find your polling place.

Click here for more information on the California Primary Election.


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Dual Endorsement: ACSS Endorses Newsom and Chiang for CA Governor

Posted: 5/4/2018 Tags: election governor politics Tags Views: 1095

For the first time in ACSS history, gubernatorial candidates were interviewed in person by our ACSS Executive Committee at ACSS Headquarters. The Executive Committee asked each candidate key questions and listened to each one’s responses on how they would benefit ACSS members. After the meetings, ACSS chose to dually endorse both Gavin Newsom and John Chiang in their races for Governor of California. Both Newsom and Chiang promise to protect the defined benefit pensions of state employees, address salary compaction, and seek input of state supervisors and managers on how to solve these complex problems.

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ACSS Chapter Officer Elections - Online Voting is OPEN NOW!

Posted: 4/23/2018 Tags: chapters election events membership Tags Views: 939

We’re excited to announce that elections for ACSS Chapter Officer and Delegates (2018-2021 term) will be an online voting process. Online voting is OPEN NOW and runs through May 21, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST). For your ballot to count, you must complete your online ballot during that time period. Click here to view the list of Candidates for YOUR Chapter! 

ACSS is using an independent company, Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), to host the election online. This ensures the complete confidentiality of the voting process and the accurate tallying of votes.

SBS mailed a letter to ACSS Members' home addresses on April 9th, 2018 that included online voting information with a direct link and unique login credentials.  SBS also emailed ACSS Members the voting information on April 20th, 2018. Members must complete ballots online through the direct link with their unique login credentials.

If you are an ACSS Member and have not received your email invitation or have questions, please contact ACSS at (800) 624-2137 or acss@ACSS.org.


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ACSS Endorses Bilbrey for CalPERS Board

Posted: 10/13/2017 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 840

ACSS is thrilled at the results for David Miller’s win of the CalPERS Board Member At Large Position A seat, and we thank all ACSS members who voted in support of Miller. With Miller voted into this position, ACSS members can be assured that Miller will fight to help protect pensions for all state employees.

Now we need your participation again to help reelect Michael Bilbrey for CalPERS Board Member At Large, Seat B, on November 10th. Bilbrey has been a CalPERS member for over 27 years and is employed by Citrus Community College as the bookstore operations coordinator helping to oversee the multimillion dollar business. He was also president of the California School Employees Association where he served in a leadership position for 25 years. Click here to learn more about Michael Bilbrey.

ACSS President Frank Ruffino comments, "Michael Bilbrey is the clear choice to be re-elected to the CalPERS Board. We can trust him to protect our pensions and health care. Please remember to vote and look for your ballot in the mail around November 10th."

ACSS urges you to support and vote for Bilbrey at the CalPERS Runoff election.


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