The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 25, 2011
Pension committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday

111024 carson city seal.JPGA special legislative pension committee will hold the first of three hearings on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Carson council chambers, 701 East Carson St. in Carson.

The agenda suggests that this first hearing has plenty of pro-public-pension voices from labor, from Dave Low of California School Employees Association and Californians for Retirement Security to Terry Brennand, Senior Government Relations Advocate, SEIU California.

The city is going to webcast the hearing through its website, which you can access here.

Sitting on the committee: Assemblymen Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, Warren Furutani, D-Gardena and Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach and Sens. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto and Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel.

The labor coalition Californians for Retirement Security is planning to hold a "Pension Truth Squad" press conference just before the hearing "to set the record straight about attacks on their pensions," according to a press release. The events serve to put a human face on the politically volatile pension debate by putting government workers and retirees to tell their stories before the media.

The coalition said that public workers will also testify at the hearing. Click here for the coalition's press release and advisory.

IMAGE: The City of Carson seal /

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