The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 27, 2009
CalPERS board candidates answer 10 questions

With the CalPERS board candidates forum on Sept. 2 quickly approaching with ballots going out two days later, we thought readers might want to know a bit more about the seven people who are running for the at-large seats on the board of the nation's largest pension system.

James McRitchie, head of PERSWatch, sent 10 questions to each candidate and has posted their responses (and non-responses) on his organization's Web site. The questions cover everything from candidates' qualifications to shareholder activism and health care costs.

Check out McRitchie's survey of Cathy Hackett, J.J. Jelincic, Inderjit Singh Kallirai, Kurato Shimada, Muriel Strand, Dan T. Villella and Dennis Yates by clicking here.

The Bee and PERSWatch are co-sponsoring next week's forum at the Dante Club on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento. The League of Women Voters is moderating. Click here for an earlier post with more details.

Click here for a PERSWatch press release with more details about the event. The Bee plans to video record the forum and post it for viewing on through the Oct. 4 deadline to return ballots.

Here's who has accepted so far, who's declined and who hasn't committed either way:

J.J. Jelincic
Muriel Strand
Dennis Yates

Kurato Shimada

No response
Cathy Hackett
Inderjit Singh Kallirai
Dan T. Villella

Two seats are 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.

For more information about the election, click here.

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