The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 4, 2011
State Worker chat on pensions scheduled for Thursday

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Your humble blogger will host a live chat, "Pensions, politics and public employees," on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. on this blog. We intend for Gov. Jerry Brown's public pension proposals to be the centerpiece of the hour-long event, although user questions and comments often pull chats in unplanned directions.

We'll also feature several live online polls and our popular "You Take It" segments where participants weigh in with their analysis of state employee issues.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About The State Worker

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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