Most of you know that Ken Churchill is part of a pension reform group, New Sonoma. His excellent article was published by the California Policy Center today and clearly outlines the steps that could be made possible on Dec. 5, 2018, if the CA Supreme Court upholds the lower court’s decision and allows for changes to – or the end of – the so-called California Rule.
New Sonoma and CSPP have followed similar efforts over the past almost eight years, including lawsuits over implementation of enhanced benefits resulting from SB 400. It has been an uphill battle, but the cases before the state court, including MAPE v MCERA, might be the turning point we have long awaited.
As I have said before and as Ken states in this informative column, even if we do get a favorable finding from the court, it will be up to government agencies to have the courage to use the newly available tools. It will likely take continuous pressure to get most of them to comply. If they don’t, as Ken writes, a voter initiative will be necessary.
There are several good articles out lately and I have posted them all on our Facebook page. I encourage you to visit that page and make comments.
Jody -- CSPP