The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 16, 2012
Fewer California state workers retiring in 2012 than in 2011

The number of California state workers who have appled for their first pension checks through the first 11 months of 2012 fell nearly 9 percent from the same period one year ago, according to new CalPERS statistics.

From January through the middle of November, 9,721 CalPERS members working for the state retired, compared to 10,671 during the same period last year. CalPERS counts initial pension applications from mid-month to mid-month, so the latest numbers include filings for the last half of October and the first half of November.

Meanwhile, the total number of state and local government retirement applications to CalPERS through November is off nearly 8 percent from 2011, despite significant monthly increases of between 24 percent and 75 percent over the last three months.

Although it looks like the 2012 will end with fewer state employees retiring than in 2011, the number of first-time pensioners since August is up 20 percent when compared with last year. If the monthly trend continues, look for a significant spike in the January retirement rolls, since more state workers retire at the end of December than at any other time.

Scroll over the the interactive chart above for state retirement comparisons. We've embedded a similar chart for all CalPERS retirements and spreadsheets with all the data after the jump.

November 2, 2012
Former California DMV worker convicted of disability claim fraud

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100609 gavel.jpgA former state employee faces up to two years in prison after a Sacramento jury convicted her of fraud and lying to investigators to obtain a state disability pension.

Lisa Trevino-Angelo, now 41, was a personnel specialist working part time for the Department of Motor Vehicles in 2008 when she applied for the tax-free benefit. She claimed that chronic pain, anxiety and fatigue left her virtually homebound and unable to raise a coffee cup to her lips.

Officials arrested her on suspicion of fraud in 2009 after CalPERS investigators collected four hours of videotape that showed Trevino-Angelo bowling in Elk Grove, lifting a toddler, jumping at a soccer game and shopping at several stores with bags in tow.

On Wednesday a jury concluded that she had filed a false benefit claim to CalPERS and made false statements to support it. Each misdemeanor conviction carries a maximum of one year in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 28.

"CalPERS is pleased by the verdict," said CalPERS spokeswoman Amy Norris. "We don't tolerate fraud and abuse of the system."

Trevino-Angelo's attorney, Michael Wise, could not be reached for comment.



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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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