The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 10, 2011
CalPERS to begin metal detection scans at next board meeting

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100607 CALPERS HQ.JPGCalPERS will begin metal detection and x-ray screening of visitors and their personal items during next week's three-day board meeting at the fund's Sacramento headquarters, according to an emailed memo issued Monday:

Increasing security measures during Board meetings is an important part of enhancing security at Lincoln Plaza. Visitor screening is a standard practice at other public meetings such as the Sacramento City Council, San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council and implementing these new security measures for Board meetings is also consistent with the recommendations made by our security consultant.

CalPERS also is contracting with the California Highway Patrol for board meeting security.

The memo, which you can read here, notes that the fund has been giving more attention to facility security for the last year. Fund spokesman Brad Pacheco told The State Worker that the new measures will cost about $150,000 per year, plus a bit more to install cameras in the auditorium where the board holds meetings.

"It's important in today's environment that we take these extra precautionary steps to protect our employees and visitors to our meetings," Pacheco said.

PHOTO: CalPERS Sacramento headquarters. File photo / Sacramento Bee

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