Public Pension Workshop This Thursday

Nobody who is concerned about stable and responsible state, county or city budgeting can ignore the issues presented by public pensions.  Whether it’s Governor Brown’s recent proposal, San Francisco’s recent Measure C or some of the recently proposed state ballot initiatives, pensions and how to fund them are critical parts of our policy and political discussion.

This Thursday evening, Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby and First District State Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee present what promises to be a very valuable workshop on these issues:

Pension Reform Explained

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Time:    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Place:    Oakland City Hall

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Oakland, CA 94612

City Auditor Ruby’s staff tell us there will be two guest speakers providing 20-30 minute presentations on pension reform from the administrative (CalPERS) and ballot initiative (Proposition C, San Francisco) perspectives.  After the presentations, the program will shift to a Q&A/discussion period moderated by Board of Equalization Member Yee and Auditor Ruby.

Confirmed speakers:

Alan Milligan, Chief Actuary, CalPERS

Mr. Milligan serves as Chair of the Californian Actuarial Advisory Panel, which provides information to the Legislature, Governor, public retirement systems, and other public agencies on pensions and other post-employment benefits, as well as guidance for best practices.

Micki Callahan, Human Resource Director, City and County of San Francisco

Ms. Callahan is a recognized expert on pension systems and San Francisco’s Proposition C, a pension reform measure passed last month by San Francisco voters.

Make Oakland Better Now!

OakTalk Here is the blog of Make Oakland Better Now!, an Oakland community grassroots group of a grass-roots group of voters, volunteers, and policy advocates committed to improving the City of Oakland by focusing on public safety, public works, and responsible budgets. Founded in 2003, we’ve researched, lobbied, and successfully campaigned for a number of new, impactful policies, including the city’s Rainy Day Fund, Measure Z and Operation Ceasefire.

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