The insurance hedges costs for assisted living, nursing home care and similar services. The program is going broke, so CalPERS is doubling premiums on top-tier plans. Policyholders must declare by May 1 whether they’ll keep, switch or drop coverage.
With California ravaged by an epic drought, state-run facilities collectively cut water use 22 percent last year, according to government data released Wednesday, although some departments used far more than in 2013.
CalPERS board member J.J. Jelincic is ticked about a policy that excludes him from executive pay and performance discussions. Two state attorneys general have said the former CalPERS employee shouldn’t go there. Here’s the conflict-of-interest controversy’s paper trail.
Gov. Jerry Brown has named Jim Zamora, SEIU Local 1000 media-relations manager, to a state job. He replaces Pat McConahay, who left state service last month. Like McConahay, Zamora is a former journalist.
The scheme moves employees around so departments appear to have more workers than they do. Brown has said he’ll offer ideas to fix the problem next month. A former finance director says the governor has options, all with downsides.
CalPERS’ board has excluded boardmember J.J. Jelincic from executive pay and compensation decisions. The action is based on an opinion by Attorney General Kamala Harris. Jelincic, who embraces his maverick role on the 13-member panel, contends it’s illegal.
Assembly GOP leader Kristin Olsen’s measure keeps a close legislative eye on BreEZe. The system is supposed to streamline state professional licensures and enforcement. BreEZe’s $96 million budget more than triples its $27 million original cost estimate.
The scheme moves workers between vacant positions to avoid abolishing unused job slots. Nearly 60 percent of audited transfers didn’t check out. The audit doesn’t estimate how much money the departments are hoarding.
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