December 17, 2009 |
The California Public Employees' Retirement System, saying it wanted to be more open and clear a cloud hanging over it, has backed proposed legislation to regulate outside investment managers' use of so-called placement agents to pitch huge private equity deals with the fund. On Wednesday, the pension fund's board endorsed a not-yet-written measure that would require such sales intermediaries to register as lobbyists with the state the same way that the people who lobby the Legislature, the governor's office and other government agencies do. Such lobbyists must disclose regularly the names of their clients and the fees they receive.
June 17, 1999 |
With its pension fund bulging with gains from the 1990s bull market, the board of the California Public Employees Retirement System on Wednesday proposed to share the wealth by boosting benefits for more than 800,000 government workers and retirees. The 13-member board asked the governor and Legislature to increase all current CalPERS pensions by up to 5%, make it easier for state workers to retire early, and eliminate a two-tier system that denies full benefits to employees hired since 1991.
January 25, 2012 |
Battered by a volatile market, the California State Teachers' Retirement System posted a 2.3% return on its investments for the year that ended Dec. 30. The performance, though modest, was more than twice as good as reported by the larger California Public Employees' Retirement System, which had a return of only 1.1% on its $229.5-billion portfolio in the just-ended calendar year. CalSTRS had a rough year in 2011. The pension fund had a return of 0.9% on its U.S. stocks, 7.2% on bonds, 9.9% on private equity and 15% on real estate.
June 20, 2013 |
The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the country's third-largest purchaser of health benefits, said its health insurance premiums next year would increase 3%, on average, for nearly 1.3 million members. The giant pension fund said that would mark its smallest rate increase since 1998. Premiums at CalPERS rose 9.6% this year and 4.1% in 2012. The CalPERS Board of Administration gave final approval to the rates Wednesday, and they take effect for various plans Jan. 1. "The lower rates most members will see next year are the result of successful rate negotiations with existing and new health plan providers," said George Diehr, vice chairman of CalPERS' pension and health benefits committee.
May 28, 2010 |
Investment intermediary Alfred R. Villalobos, seeking to overturn a judge's freeze on his assets, said he did nothing illegal and did not harm California's largest public pension fund when he brokered investment deals that netted him more than $47 million in commissions. "Not a penny" of the commissions paid him from 2002 to 2008 came from the California Public Employees' Retirement System, Villalobos said in his first public response to a securities fraud lawsuit filed by Atty.
July 25, 2005 |
When Rob Feckner took over as head of the nation's richest public pension fund this year, he promised a quieter, gentler leadership style. That was good news to many -- both friend and foe -- who had grown weary of the noisy controversies that were becoming the norm at the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Critics said that CalPERS at times seemed more intent on policing corporate America than looking after the welfare of its 1.4 million members.
May 23, 2004 |
The genius of the U.S. Constitution, as every schoolchild learns, is the simple concept of checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. In the world of corporate governance, the checks and balances on executives historically have been supplied by company directors and by state and federal regulators. But as we learned with the rash of corporate financial scandals of the last few years, directors and regulators can doze off at the wheel.
November 7, 2003 |
Despite a personal sales pitch Thursday from John S. Reed, the California Public Employees' Retirement System will mount a campaign to scuttle his proposed reforms of the New York Stock Exchange. CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund, with assets of $145 billion and 1.4 million retiree members, called on federal regulators to reject the plan put forward by Reed, the NYSE's interim chairman.
December 14, 2004 |
The reports of Sean Harrigan's demise weren't premature after all. The activist's effort to regain a seat on the California Public Employees' Retirement System board ended Monday when Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez reappointed a veteran Los Angeles labor leader to the influential pension board. National labor leaders had asked Democrats in the Legislature to tap Harrigan for another term and Harrigan himself lobbied Nunez. But Nunez (D-Los Angeles) named Mike Quevedo Jr.
February 25, 2010 |
More than two years after California required the sale of investments in foreign companies operating in Iran's defense and energy industries, the state's biggest public pension fund still hasn't sold any of its $900 million in holdings in those firms. On Wednesday, legislators heard criticism from Jewish groups and an Iranian torture victim contending that the California Public Employees' Retirement System and to a lesser extent the State Teachers' Retirement System are flouting a 2007 law designed to bring pressure on the Islamic Republic.