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CalPERS Benefits Education Event in San Luis Obispo

January 9, 2018

Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Contact: Jeanie Esajian, Information Officer
(916) 795-3991 - [email protected]

January 26 and 27 at the Embassy Suites

SACRAMENTO, CA - CalPERS is hosting a two-day Benefits Education Event (CBEE) in San Luis Obispo during January to educate members in a three-county area about programs and benefits available to them. This CBEE will take place at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27, 2018. The same program is offered on each day, so attendees can select the day they wish to attend.

There are approximately 35,000 active members in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties who can benefit from this event. Whether new to CalPERS, in mid-career, or close to retirement, CBEEs offer all CalPERS members a wealth of information about their retirement and health benefits, supplemental savings plans, long-term care coverage, and more. Representatives from CalPERS Regional Offices will be on hand to answer questions.

Open both Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features classes specific to both early through mid-career members, and those nearing retirement. Topics to be covered include CalPERS retirement benefits, CalPERS health benefits, and deferred compensation. The deferred compensation class is sponsored by the California Department of Human Resources' Savings Plus program. In addition, sessions on my|CalPERS & Your Retirement Options, and Social Security will be offered.

The CBEE schedule for the first half of 2018 is available at CalPERS Benefits Education Events. Included on the page is the "What's a CBEE?" video, which shows what to expect at one of our events. Members are encouraged to pre-register for their preferred event date to expedite registration check-in, but registration is not required, and walk-ins are welcome.

About CalPERS

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.9 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S.  CalPERS’ total fund market value currently stands at approximately $355 billion. For more information, visit

RPEA Endorses Margaret Brown for CalPERS Board

On October 13, 2017 the RPEA Board conducted a telephonic meeting to determine the candidate it would endorse in the runoff election for Seat B on the CalPERS Board of Administration.  It was the Board’s decision to endorse Margaret Brown for that position.  We join California State Retirees (CSR) in endorsing Margaret.

She has a long track record in finance in public schools and has demonstrated her expertise in financial analysis in diverse public administration entities and projects.  In her 30-year career in finance she has guided the Garden Grove School District, the San Ramon Valley School District and other private entities through difficult negotiations and project development with very positive results—on time and under budget.  

Ballots for the runoff for Position B will be mailed on November 10, with voting concluding on December 11.  More information can be found at the CalPERS website:


For more information on the upcoming election, click the News From CalPERS button on the Home Page.

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RPEA Membership is ONLY $60.00 a year. That's only $5.00 a month!



RPEA is a non-profit association of retirees and active employees who are members of the California Public Retirement System (CalPERS). Our mission is important:


  • RPEA represents all public employees - classified schools, public agencies, and state.
  • RPEA is liaison between retirees and CalPERS.
  • RPEA is a mutual protective association for all beneficiaries of CalPERS.
  • RPEA fights to maintain our current pension and health care benefits and improve these benefits every year.
  • RPEA has local chapters in your area - attend meetings to stay informed and hear interesting speakers.

While we encourage participation in one of our 80+ chapters, most of our members participate by reading our bi-monthly newsletter, giving us feedback on their needs and enrolling in one or more of our "members only" supplemental insurance programs.

At $5.00 per month, RPEA is a bargain that is hard to resist. You need us to fight to protect your earned pensions and benefits. We need you and you to support our fight to protect our pensions and benefits.

Who We Are

RPEA has over 26,000 members; with 80+ active chapters in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon.

RPEA was founded in 1958 as an association to protect and enhance retirement benefits for all Public Employees who receive their pension or health benefits from the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

RPEA is the only statewide association representing all PERS Retirees: State, Classified School and Public Agency.

Why Join RPEA?

RPEA retains a professional lobbyist who represents our interest before the Governor, Legislators and CalPERS Board. We also have access to a federal lobbyist who keeps us informed on federal retiree issues.

RPEA continues an active and ongoing relationship with CalPERS serving on their Advisory Committee concerning CalPERS plans and proposals. We also monitor every CalPERS Committee and frequently testify at these meetings on behalf of our members.

Every RPEA member receives a bi-monthly statewide newsletter with general information and legislative, and health care updates.

RPEA offers a variety of discount programs for our members.

RPEA Structure

The General Assembly is composed of delegates from every chapter and is the governing body of the association. The authority and responsibility of the elected Board of Directors is defined in the association's Constitution, Bylaws and Policy File.

RPEA’s State Board of Directors is composed of four officers, five directors (Legislation, Membership, Public Relations, Health Benefits, Member services) and nine area directors. Each area director has a number of assistant area directors who together assist some eighty-five active chapters.

RPEA was established to protect and enhance retirement benefits for its members.

RPEA's ever increasing influence in the retirement community is solely dependent on membership support.




The New Reed/DeMaio Initiatives
Comments from RPEA President George Linn

The expensive, incendiary and promise-breaking challenges that California retirees have confronted over the past several years have been oftentimes been linked to the efforts of Reed and DeMaio.

The initiative process in our state creates an open avenue for demagogues with money to make a run at shaping public policy from their own narrow viewpoint.  We have seen several efforts by former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, and former San Diego councilmember, Carl DeMaio, to make scapegoats out of public employees and blame our retirements for being the cause of any and all economic problems in California.

RPEA has been in the forefront of undermining their efforts to pass an initiative that would cripple retirement benefits—an initiative that has at times included decimating the retirement benefits of those who have already retired. Yes, a second bite at the apple for those who don’t believe that the contract made with retired employees is sacrosanct.

Reed and DeMaio are extremists who have taken advantage of people’s fears and employed the ugliest kind of fear-mongering.  They have not been successful because public employees have refused to allow them to advance punitive ideas at the expense of employees who have done their jobs well and are entitled to security in their retirement years.

We have written extensively about Reed and DeMaio. We have also participated in developing a strategy for responding to them with the simple facts regarding the vibrancy that a healthy retirement system brings to the California economy.

Earlier this month, Reed and DeMaio retreated yet again and withdrew an initiative that was deservedly excoriated by policymakers and failed to get the support of either major party.

Today, they have come back with a re-drafted initiative that they intend to put on the ballot.  Our legislative advocate, Aaron Read, did an immediate reading of the proposal.  He quickly surmised that it cut from the same cloth as those that preceded it.

Specifically, for all new hires after January 2019, it caps the amount of money an employer can pay for retirement – miscellaneous employees are capped at 11% and public safety at 13%. Really?  The authors knew from the get-go what Aaron spotted immediately, which is that such a drastic reduction will close existing plans, and the costs will skyrocket.

The course for RPEA is obvious.  We will continue to oppose Mr. Reed and Mr. DeMaio and the attacks they continue to make against honest Californians.  Please don’t sign any initiative that has their name attached to it. 





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