California's two major public pension systems are underfunded and are asking local governments to pay more. Critics want to reduce benefits, while others say policymakers should allow time for recent changes to take hold.
The state Assembly voted Monday, May 8, 2017 to approve a bill that would eliminate Cold War-era language that allows California to fire any state worker who is a member of the Communist Party. In this clip, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced his bill before facing opposition from Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach.
Former CHP Assistant Chief Kyle Scarber makes his case to the CalPERS Board of Administration on February 15, 2017 that he should be allowed to apply for a disability pension. He's awaiting a trial in Fresno County Superior Court on charges that he helped his son flee to Mexico after being accused of rape. Video from the California Public Employees' Retirement System.
Kyle Scarber resigned from the California Highway Patrol in 2013 after being accused of helping his son flee from a felony rape trial in Fresno County Superior Court. Four years later, CalPERS Board of Administration member Richard Costigan said the nature of Scarber's separation from the CHP allows him to apply for a tax-free disability pension. Video from the California Public Employees' Retirement System.
Staff members of the California Teachers Association rallied outside the CTA building in Sacramento on Thursday Aug. 25, 2016. The staff's union is protesting negotiating tactics by the powerful teacher union's board that it believes would alter their pension benefits.
Want to know more about how to get a promotion within California state government? State employees can get e-notifications for job openings on their CalCareer accounts. State exam footage courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
At a May 25, 2016 meeting of the Board of Equalization, member Jerome Horton brushed off a Sacramento Bee report that said his office worked with agency staff to select $118,000 of furniture for his Sacramento office. Later, Horton told The Bee that after looking "more deeply" into the matter, his staff was involved.