The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 24, 2009
CalPERS' board candidate forum set for Sept. 2

Dante Club map.gifThe Sacramento Bee and PERSWatch, the Elk Grove-based organization dedicated to promoting CalPERS accountability, are co-sponsoring a forum for candidates running for the fund's Board of Administration.

The event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Sacramento. (The location is pictured at left.)

Ballots for the election go out to fund members on Sept. 4 with an Oct. 2 deadline for their return.

The League of Women Voters will moderate the debate. During the first part of the forum, candidates will answer questions submitted by the audience. After a short break, Bee writers will ask questions of the candidates. The Bee hasn't yet selected who will serve that in that capacity.

There are here are two seats up for election with separate votes. Kurato Shimada and Inderjit Singh Kallirai are running against each other for one seat. The other five candidates are running for the other seat. James McRitchie of PERWatch has invited all of the candidates.

Candidates who have accepted:
J.J. Jelincic
Muriel Strand
Dennis Yates

Kurato Shimada

No response yet:
Cathy Hackett
Inderjit Singh Kallirai
Dan T. Villella

For more information about the election, click here.

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