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PPIC Report: “California’s Changing Prison Population”

California has reduced its prison population to the court-ordered level, at least for now. California’s prison population has been on the decline for several years, since a 2006 peak of 163,000 inmates. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its prison population to 137.5% of institutional design capacity. A mixture of reforms,



CalPERS contributions to rise more than 9 percent

Published on April 14, 2015, in News, Public Employee.

CalPERS is about to raise pension contribution rates again, this time by more than 9 percent, a move that will cost state government and local school districts nearly $600 million. The increases are the latest step by CalPERS to gradually shore up its finances. In early 2014, CalPERS said it would embark on a series



Levine Prison Safety Bill Approved by Assembly Committee

Assembly Bill 293 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) was approved unanimously today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. AB 293 (Levine) will help improve safety in our prisons by requiring the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to establish statewide guidelines for investigating threats against California Correctional Peace Officers. “San Quentin houses some of the



Exclusive: California pension reform measure to target Calpers

A ballot measure campaign to cut California’s public pensions will be launched in May by a coalition of politicians and business people led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, with the state’s largest retirement system a prime target. The measure would take aim at California’s $300 billion giant Calpers, which has a near-iron grip



Prison nurses: ‘1-size’ approach to staffing won’t work

Published on January 8, 2015, in News, Public Employee.

Salinas Valley State Prison nurses expressed doubt Thursday that a proposed one-size-fits-all approach to medical staffing will work at the high-security facility. A spokesperson for the federal receivership, which oversees healthcare at California prisons, countered Thursday, arguing the new staffing model will ultimately move nurses where they’re most necessary within the prison… Allison Gatlin in



Judge: Stockton can reject CalPERS contract to pay creditors

Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees before its creditors are paid the



Santa Clara County CO targeted in attack

The Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association president is speaking out after he said a corrections officer was targeted in an attack that sent the deputy to the hospital. Lance Scimeca, who presides over the 682 correctional officers who work at the Santa Clara County jail, said the deputy on Friday was knocked unconscious



Jerry Brown blasts CalPERS board for authorizing pay enhancement for pension purposes

Published on August 20, 2014, in News, Public Employee.

A divided CalPERS board this morning approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay categories as counting toward state and local government pensions, including a temporary salary supplement that drew a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown. The 7-5 vote allows “temporary upgrade pay” for employees who briefly fill a higher-paying position to count toward retirement



Bell, Calif. city manager gets 12 years prison for $6 million corruption scheme

Published on April 16, 2014, in Public Employee.

The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo apologized during sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, telling Judge Kathleen Kennedy he breached the public’s confidence. “It is



Some California state employees now eligible to cash out leave

…One group that isn’t included in the leave program: correctional officers, who as a group had the highest leave balances. During first two years of state furloughs from 2009 to early 2011, the number of non-managerial correctional officers who exceeded the state leave cap quadrupled to 3,700, according to the legislative analyst. By June 30,