Lt. Col. Christopher Lutz joined the California National Guard in 1996, eventually ending up as a pilot in the Air Guard. Lutz also is a California Highway Patrol officer with 12 years of service, and says the CHP is essentially destroying his career because of his military obligations.
California Treasurer John Chiang on Nov. 1, 2017 asked CalSTRS to divest from companies that sell certain kinds of guns and ammunition that are illegal in California. He was joined by the brother of Las Vegas shooting victim Jennifer Irvine.
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.