The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 14, 2009
Sunday reading: CalPERS investigation; Bee publishes state workers' questions, suggestions

If you haven't already, check out Bee reporter Andrew McIntosh's CalPERS story in today's Bee. Here's the top:

Companies that received multimillion-dollar deals with CalPERS pumped more than $300,000 into a union campaign fund overseen by Sean Harrigan while he was one of the giant pension fund's board members from 2000-2004.

Harrigan, a veteran leader of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, acknowledged in an interview on Friday that while on the CalPERS board and voting on pension fund investment decisions he actively solicited money managers and pension fund industry consultants to donate to the UFCW Issues Education Fund.

Read the rest of Andrew's investigative piece by clicking here.

The Bee has a couple of items in the Opinion section this morning that focus on state workers and the recent editorial board Web cast with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you missed the interview, which included questions submitted by state workers, click here.

Read the "Workers can point the way to waste" in today's Bee by clicking here. And several ideas and comments about government waste that state workers sent to The Bee are posted here.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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