The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 21, 2010
Little Hoover Commission to hold public pension hearing

The bipartisan Little Hoover Commission is holding its first public hearing about California public pension systems on Thursday at 9 a.m. in Room 437 at the Capitol.

The agenda, which you can view here, includes comments from the following:

  • Girard Miller, a Malibu-based retirement plan investment consultant

  • Tony Oliveira, Kings County supervisor, and a member of the CalPERS Board of Administration

  • Ron Cottingham, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California

  • Richard Stensrud, chief executive officer of the Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

  • David Crane, special adviser to the governor for jobs and economic growth

The public can speak to the commission at the end of the hearing and submit comments on public pensions in writing.

Thursday's hearing is the first of two, commission Executive Director Stuart Drown said Tuesday afternoon. He wouldn't speculate whether the commission might issue a report or recommendations before the fall elections or even by the end of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term.

"I hesitate to put an end date on (the process)," Drown said.

The California Channel will make Thursday's hearing available online, although it wasn't clear as of this morning whether it will be streamed live or available only as an archived event. We've asked the folks at Cal Channel, and we'll post more details when we find out.

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