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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
Retiree Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
At the February 7, 2017 OCERS Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board of Retirement approved a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase for retirees and eligible survivors. The increase, effective April 1, will be reflected on the May 1 payment. Click here to learn more about how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) affects the COLA, as well as to see the percentage in your “COLA bank”.
For those retirees who are eligible for the STAR COLA (those retirees who retired on or before April 1, 1980), click here for additional information.
Veterans Resource Fair and Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Game
Senator Pat Bates and Assembly William Brough are pleased to invite you to attend our 3rd Annual Veterans Resource Fair and Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team game this year on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
The Veterans Resource Fair and game will be held at the Saddleback College Baseball Stadium (28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature the Veterans Resource Fair, softball game, KidZone and VFW barbecue. Admission is free.
Board Watch Committee
Chair, Norma Roberts
The purpose of this committee is to protect retiree rights and benefits by reviewing Board of Supervisor’s (BOS) agendas and minutes and to listen to the BOS meetings in order to identify any items that might affect retiree rights or benefits or be of interest to REAOC.
Committee Status: This committee currently needs a volunteer to serve on the committee. If you are interested, please contact the committee chair, Norma Roberts, at her e-mail address of robertscn
The 2017 Keith R. Concannon Scholarships
The Retired Employees Association of Orange County (REAOC) has implemented its scholarship program to recognize and support qualified students to obtain further skills and expertise at an accredited institution of higher learning. The deadline to apply for the 2017 scholarship is April 1, 2017.
We were lucky to have a special speaker at our REAOC luncheon on January 25, 2017. The topics discussed by Clutter Cleaners included helpful hints to get organized. Click below to see that handout that was provided.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF MARCH 20, 2017
One OC Supervisor had homeless camp removed
The Voice of OC reports that the Orange County Public Works Department acted on a request or order by Supervisor Shawn Nelson to eliminate a homeless camp on the Santa Ana River bank near Honda Center last summer. This action apparently preceded a similar action regarding homeless along the river over the last few months. (More)
Two Sheriffs destroyed by corruption scandals
This Los Angeles Times story provides a historic perspective of the rise and fall of former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. The article says they were elected as reformers and instead were destroyed by corruption scandals on their watch. (More)
Retirees worry about losing their homes after pension cut
The recent cut by CalPERS of the pensions of about 200 retirees because the agency they worked for has gone out of business and has not fully funded their pensions is causing some to worry about losing their homes, according to this story in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune newspaper. (More)
UC paper says full pension funding not needed
This Calpensions article reviews how a Stanford University report 7 years ago that identified public pension unfunded liability touched off a frenzy of media stories ever since, not to mention the rise of the pension reform movement. Then this article reports on a new University of California Berkeley report that finds the focus on full pension funding is unnecessary and produces negative side effects. (More)
4 county social workers to stand trial in abuse case
The Los Angeles Times reports that a judge had decided that four LA County social workers accused of criminal negligence in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were charged with protecting should stand trial. The judge said the worker’s conduct amounted to criminal negligence that included mishandling evidence of escalating criminal abuse and failure to file timely reports. (More)
Three candidates for OC Fourth District Supervisor
The Orange County Register newspaper reports that three candidates have announced their candidacy for the Fourth Supervisorial District seat that will become vacant when incumbent Shawn Nelson terms out in 2018, The article says the candidates are Young Kim, Jo Kerr and Tim Shaw, and provides a photo and brief description of each. (More)
City Manager challenges transparent California
This article in the Santa Monica Lookout reports that Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole has blogged strong criticism of the Transparent California project, questioning the motives of its “Research Director” Robert Fellner as well as its founders. Unfortunately, the article seems to give more space to those people to respond with their typical logic. (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 2017 are listed below:
January 25 March 22 May 24 September 27 December 6
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the March 22nd luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
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, April 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than March 30, 2017.
Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:
February 14 April 11 June 13 October 10 December 12
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
If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefits section at (800) 858-7266.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2017 Health Plan:
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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