The Anti-Pension Initiative: What Can UC Do?

The State Worker blog of the Sacramento Bee carries a piece on what the political campaign against the anti-pension/anti-retiree health care initiative will likely look like.  Excerpt:Chuck Reed’s public-employee pension initiative is a long way from making it to a statewide vote – money being the biggest hurdle – but labor unions have already started … Continue reading The Anti-Pension Initiative: What Can UC Do?

More on the pension initiative "coordination"

Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, founders of Campaigns, Inc.You probably have never heard of the couple above, Clem Whitaker and Leone Baxter, who founded what some regard as the first modern political advertising firm - Campaigns, Inc. - right here in California in the early 1930s.  You may not have heard of the great "EPIC" … Continue reading More on the pension initiative "coordination"

Anti-Pension Cabal? Smells that way

We have noted in past posting on the filing of a public pension initiative that there appeared to be a good deal of "coordination" in the effort, including a Stanford-Hoover MOOC (online course) on personal investments that somehow ends with a session on public pensions.  There appeared to be more involved than a few California … Continue reading Anti-Pension Cabal? Smells that way

More Let Me Outta Here Re: Pension Initiative

I want out!Yours truly has been posting about the recently filed public pension (and retiree health care) initiative which covers UC.  UC needs a strategy including first attempting to see if the sponsors will amend it or file a revised version that omits UC.  This is a political battle it would be best to avoid … Continue reading More Let Me Outta Here Re: Pension Initiative

Pension Initiative Backstop

We have been covering the pension initiative that has now been filed with the state and, in an earlier post, discussed some key elements of the initiative (including the coverage of UC).  An interesting element in the initiative is a provision that provides for defense in court of the initiative by private parties.  It is … Continue reading Pension Initiative Backstop

Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

Blog readers will undoubtedly know that the U.S. Supreme Court is looking at the constitutionality of  Michigan ballot proposition that bans affirmative action in, among other things, public university admissions.  The Michigan proposition was a copy of California's Prop 209.  Were the Michigan proposition voided, the same would likely happen to Prop 209.  Most observers … Continue reading Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

Curtain Lifted on Pension Initiative

Prior posts have alerted readers of this blog to a forthcoming public pension initiative.  The group that has been working on the initiative seems to have money for a campaign.  It takes $1-$2 million for signature gathering firms to get an initiative on the ballot.  If an initiative is controversial, it may take loads more … Continue reading Curtain Lifted on Pension Initiative

Public Pension Drumbeat Continues. UC Needs to Begin Planning for Staying Out of Planned Initiative

On Saturday, we alerted blog readers to the coordinated campaign to get some kind of public pension "reform" initiative on the California ballot.  At issue on Saturday was a Stanford-Hoover MOOC, ostensibly about retirement investing, but which culminates in a program on public pensions.The pension drumbeat continues, at this point by articles on the issue.For … Continue reading Public Pension Drumbeat Continues. UC Needs to Begin Planning for Staying Out of Planned Initiative

Orchestration of Public Pension Issue? Issue for UC?

In a prior post, we noted that there appeared to be a campaign underway by various groups to put a public pension initiative on the California ballot.  We noted that there have been such efforts in the past, but the money needed to mount an effective campaign wasn't forthcoming.  Now, there may be such money.  … Continue reading Orchestration of Public Pension Issue? Issue for UC?

Possible Pension Initiative Which Would Include UC

In a move to slash the retirement benefits of public employees in California, a group of mostly conservative policy advocates has been working behind the scenes on a possible 2014 ballot initiative. A copy of the still-secret draft initiative, which could dramatically impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians and send a signal … Continue reading Possible Pension Initiative Which Would Include UC