Letters to the Editor

Public employees should control CalPERS elections

CalPERS headquarters, Sacramento.
CalPERS headquarters, Sacramento.

CalPERS election

Re “Why shouldn’t we all get to vote in CalPERS election?” (Foon Rhee, Sept. 16): The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is funded largely by the public employees it serves. Less than 22 cents of every dollar is paid for by CalPERS’ employers. It makes perfect sense for those of us who pay into the system and rely on it to elect its trustees. No one has a higher stake in the long-term sustainability of CalPERS than people who depend on it for our retirement security, which is why David Miller and Michael Bilbrey are getting my votes.

Mark Sheahan, Marysville

Wall Street

During the Great Recession, Wall Street managers made millions while CalPERS lost billions. Which is why it is shocking that The Sacramento Bee’s Foon Rhee says he would vote for a former private equity fund manager, Michael Flaherman, for the CalPERS board. About the last thing CalPERS needs on its board is a private equity gambler. We need David Miller and Michael Bilbrey who have worked to protect CalPERS and its members.

Marc Commandatore, Sacramento

Show up and vote

Foon Rhee implies that because average voters cannot vote for the CalPERS board, they do not have any influence. People elect legislators who can change laws regarding CalPERS, and elect leaders at all levels who negotiate retirement compensation for government employees. Elected leaders have made agreements and government employees have paid into the system based on those agreements. The public must honor agreements made by their elected officials. If you don’t like what your leaders are doing, show up on Election Day.

Barry Hurff, Citrus Heights

Veto SB 179

Re “New option for gender in California bill headed to Jerry Brown” (sacbee.com, Sept. 14): There are two genders, male and female. Legislating otherwise does not change this truth. I encourage Gov. Jerry Brown to veto SB 179.

Tiffany Coleman, Roseville

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