I found this column by Randy Diamond to be very clear on the findings in the Appeals Court decision released yesterday in the latest case that will be considered by the state Supreme Court this year.
This appeals court relied on previous rulings over the past 62 years in its decision, falling back on the "expectations" of public employees and the California Rule dictate that if something is 'taken away' it must be replaced by an equal benefit - the very aspect of that so-called 'rule' that has led us to billions in unfunded pension debt.
We had hoped that the latest court case decision would parallel the findings in MAPE v MCERA and CalFire v CalPERS, but this panel questions Gov Brown's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013, which it asserts "impairs a vested right".
No date has yet been given for the CA Supreme Court hearing, but I will certainly keep you informed.
Please also check out Robert Fellner's (Transparent California) newest expose of what happens when citizens don't pay enough attention to their local government agencies' financial dealings. In this instance, the mayor of Madera,CA misled residents in "an attempt to hide unjustifiable, excessive pay raises."
I have posted both articles on our CSPP Facebook page for your comments.