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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
Election Day – November 8, 2016
Election Day will be here before you know it! It is so important that everyone cast a ballot in this crucial election. Seniors have a lot of power when determining the outcome of the election. Make your voice count!
A U.S. News Money Report examined voter trends in the 2010 election and found:
The highest voter turnout was adults age 65 and older; 61% of our seniors voted.
Young adults had the worst voting record; just 21% of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 showed up and voted.
The 2012 Presidential Election showed seniors turning out in even higher numbers. 70% of older adults voted, compared with fewer than 60% of the overall population. Let’s beat that statistic for the 2016 election!
The statistics seem to indicate the older you are, the more likely you are to vote.
The vote-by-mail ballots for those who live in Orange County have been mailed as have the voter handbooks. Please take time to review the material provided so that you can make an informed choice when you vote.
Either at the polling place or by mail, please remember to vote!
Opportunity to serve as a Grand Juror!
Every year the Superior Court of Orange County is required by law to empanel a 19-member Grand Jury to serve a one-year term. The Court is seeking qualified and capable individuals, like you, to serve the Orange County community in this unique role for the term that begins June 30, 2017.
This is a wonderful opportunity for O.C. retirees and REAOC members to get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of local government agencies and recommend areas for improvement. The Grand Jury also decides on indictments for some criminal cases.
The current stipend for serving is $50/day as set by the O.C. Board of Supervisors. You will also be paid for your mileage. The Grand Jury meets at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
The application deadline is January 20, 2017. You may read about this at www.ocgrandjury.org. or you can click below to obtain additional information.
The 2017 Health Plan Rates
The new rates have been approved by the Board of Supervisors and are posted on our website. Click on the Health Plan and Rates tab to see the new rates for 2017.
Health Plan Meeting – Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Open Enrollment Health Plan Meeting sponsored by the County of Orange and the Retired Employees Association of Orange County (REAOC) has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Mile Square Park and Banquet Facility, 10401 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley,
Main conference room (where the REAOC luncheons are held)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Non Medicare Presentation – 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM
Medicare Presentation – 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM
National Conference on Public Employee Retiree Systems [NCPERS] Annual Conference
NCPERS held its National Conference on May 15 – 17, 2016. We were fortunate that two of our REAOC members, Lou Scarpino and Frank Eley, were able to attend this conference and provide a report back to the REAOC Board regarding the conference. Please click on the link below to read their conference summary.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF OCTOBER 17, 2016
OCERS Board cuts pension of convicted felon Bustamante
It was reported last week that the Board of Directors of the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) was poised to follow new state law requiring forfeiture of some pension benefits when a public sector employee is convicted of an on the job felony. This story reports that the OCERS Board followed through on the Bustamante case, after he personally appeared before the Board. (More)
Estate tragedy strikes former OC Judge
This article in the orange county register newspaper should be mandatory reading for all retirees. The article focuses on Judge Betty Lamoreaux, age 92 and suffering from Alzheimer’s, and the jeopardy her estate faces because of lack of preplanning for the administration of her affairs should she become disabled. Get your affairs in order – don’t let this happen to you! (More)
Millennials in OC can’t afford to live here – workforce impact
The Orange County Register newspaper reports in this article what most of us know – younger people increasingly cannot afford to live here due to the cost of housing and rent. The article focuses on a recent workforce report and this statement from it: ““The labor market is in the midst of disruptive change like never before.” (More)
Think your retirement plan bad? Talk to a teacher –
A New York Times article focuses on New Jersey teachers who do not have defined benefit retirement plans but are offered only 403(b) plans, many of which are more lightly regulated. Teachers must endure presentations by brokers in order to choose a specific plan, and they are complex and often unreasonably costly in the long run. (More)
ABOUT OUR LUNCHEONS
REAOC luncheons are held for the purpose of bringing Orange County retirees together for an afternoon of camaraderie, entertainment, and information. Friends and family are always welcome! Each luncheon features a different theme, with door prizes, and special gifts. As an added bonus, there is a valuable Progressive Drawing. They also serve as a general meeting for the membership.
The Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California, 92708. For directions, call the Mile Square Banquet Facility at (714) 962-5541 or see map below showing where the Facility is located. Please DO NOT call the Facility to make reservations. Reservations are made by sending in the reservation form in The Informer or by calling the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995.
Luncheons are held the 4th Wednesday of January, March, May and September, and on the first Wednesday of December at Noon. To ensure a parking spot please arrive by 11 a.m. Please carpool.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
January 27 March 23 May 25 September 28 December 7
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the December 7th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Cost for the luncheon is $17.00 per person. A reservation form is provided in The Informer (on the current Luncheon page), in the “Forms” section of the REAOC web site or you may email the REAOC office of your request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HEMET CHAPTER LUNCHEONS
Luncheons in Hemet are held on the second Tuesday during the months of February, April, June, October and December. Attendees arrive around 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E. Kimball Avenue in Hemet and lunch is served between 11:45 and noontime. The cost is $9.50 per person. The Hemet Chapter would like new members and encourages all REAOC members who live in the area or within driving distance to join them for the luncheons.
REAOC’s Hemet Chapter will hold its next luncheon on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Jeri Maupin at 951-672-4594 or Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 by no later than October 4, 2016.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
February 9 April 19 June 14 October 11 December 13
MAP TO MILE SQUARE PARK
Below is a map showing the general location of the Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California 92708.
If you need exact directions from your house you can go to MapQuest and click on “driving directions.”
HEALTH PLANS FOR 2017
At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, the new Health Plan Rates were approved on a 5-0 vote by the Board members. There are some plans that will have increased rates for 2017 as well as some plans that will have the same rates for 2017 as in 2016.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2017 Health Plan:
HEALTH PLANS FOR 2016
If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefits section at (866) 325-2345.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2016 Health Plan rates:
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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