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July 2022 Board & Committee Meetings - In Person

Date: Jun 30, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled July 2022 Board and Committee meetings in a conference room at SDCERS’ downtown office building. This means that this month’s Board and Committee meetings will not be held remotely – Board and Committee members, as well as some SDCERS staff, will be on-site and the public is welcome to attend in person as well. You can find the agendas for the July 2022 meetings here.  Meeting Location & Parking SDCERS’ usual Board Meeting Room is currently under construction. Therefore, the July meetings will be held in the same building, at 401 West A Street, San Diego, CA 92101, but in Suite 120, which is on the main floor (lobby level) – please don’t hesitate to ask a building staff member at the security/information desk for directions if you have trouble locating the room. You can park in the building’s underground parking garage – if you do so, please be sure to bring your parking ticket with you to the meeting, write your name at the top, and place it in the basket labeled “Parking Validation” in the meeting room. At the end of the meeting, you can retrieve your validated ticket and use it to exit the parking garage at no cost. You can find driving directions and parking instructions on this page.  Meeting Dates July 6th –        Audit Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. PST   July 7th –        Disability Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. PST                         Business & Governance Committee meeting at                         9:15 a.m. PST                         Investment Committee meeting 12:30 p.m. PST   July 8th –        Board of Administration meeting at 8:30 a.m. PST   You may request to participate in public comment, either by attending the meeting in person and providing a completed Request to Speak form to the Board Assistant before the meeting begins, or by submitting a written statement ahead of time. To request a written statement to be read aloud at a meeting, use the Contact Us page on our website to submit your public comment request at least 24 hours in advance of the corresponding meeting. Please include the following information in your request: Your contact information and the meeting during which you would like your comment to be read aloud. All appropriate messages timely received will be responded to and/or read aloud at the appropriate meeting.   Learn More...

Fiscal Year 2023 Health Allowances for Eligible City Retirees

Date: May 27, 2022 Categories: Health, News Articles, Open Enrollment, Press Release

This article is only applicable to City retirees who have a health reimbursement plan through the City.   The City of San Diego and the San Diego Public Employee Benefits Association (SDPEBA) are changing the effective date of their retiree healthcare plan offerings. Starting January 1, 2023, the sponsored retiree healthcare plans will be effective based on the calendar year, rather than the fiscal year. However, the annual allowances for retiree healthcare will continue to be offered on the fiscal year, resetting each July 1st.   Below are the fiscal year 2023 retiree healthcare allowances (effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). Remember, if you would like to change plans before this year’s Open Enrollment in November, you may do so from June 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022. You will be able to choose from the current plan offerings. You can review information about the current plans and download enrollment/disenrollment forms on this page. All forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, June 30, 2022. All changes timely submitted will be effective August 1, 2022. You may submit your forms via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org, by mail to SDCERS Health Division, 401 West A Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101 or by fax to (858) 581-5314.  If you do not want to make any changes to your current healthcare, dental, or vision plan, you do not have to take any action during Open Enrollment and your coverage will remain the same.   For plans beginning in January 2023, you will receive the full Open Enrollment booklet in November 2022 with information on plans and premiums. If you do not want to make any changes to your current healthcare, dental, or vision plan for 2023, you do not need to take any action in November 2022 and your coverage will remain the same for 2023.   If you have any questions, you can contact the Call Center at (619) 525-3600, open on regular business days from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST. However, as this is a significant change to retiree health, we anticipate a higher than usual call volume over the next several months. If your question is not urgent, we recommend submitting your request electronically via the Contact Us page; SDCERS staff generally will respond to electronic inquiries within one business day. Please note that at this time, SDCERS’ physical downtown offices are still closed to members and the public.   Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) for Fiscal Year 2023

Date: May 13, 2022 Categories: Board, COLA, News Articles, Pension, Press Release

At its May 13, 2022 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved the Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) that will be applied to eligible SDCERS retirees’ (including active DROP participants) monthly pension benefit amount from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Your pension benefit will receive a COLA for Fiscal Year 2023 if your retirement or DROP entry date is on or before June 30, 2022.   Per San Diego Municipal Code section 24.1505 and section 1301 of the Port and Airport Plans, the COLA is calculated every year based on the change in the cost of living between the two previous Decembers, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (“CPI”), United States – All items. However, the maximum allowable increase in any given year is 2.0%.   In years where the COLA is greater than the maximum 2.0% (such as this year), the amount over 2% is added to what is called a “COLA bank.” A retiree’s COLA bank accumulates based on their fiscal year of retirement (or DROP entry), and each annual retiree group has its own COLA bank. In years that the CPI’s published COLA is less than 2%, each retiree group’s COLA bank may be able to increase the actual COLA received by the retiree up to a maximum of 2%, if that retiree group’s COLA bank has accrued enough funds from previous years where the published COLA was greater than 2%.   According to the CPI, the change in cost of living between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021 was 7.0% (rounded to the nearest 1/10th of a percent). This means that everyone who is retired or participating in DROP as of June 30, 2022 will receive the maximum 2% COLA increase to their pension benefit, and bank the additional 5.0%.*  *The two members who are in the 1981 retirement plan will receive a COLA increase of 3.2%.   This is significant because that means those who receive the fiscal year 2023 COLA and add the additional 5.0% to their COLA banks are guaranteed to receive a 2% COLA in fiscal years 2024 and 2025, at the very least (assuming we do not experience a negative COLA in either year). Let’s look at a theoretical scenario to really see the significance – please remember that we have absolutely no way of predicting what the CPI’s published COLA will be in future years and this is very much a hypothetical example: If Sam Diego retires or enters DROP in June of 2022 and his monthly pension benefit is $5,000: You can see how the 5% addition to Sam’s COLA bank right off the bat can help ensure his benefit receives the maximum 2% increase in future years, when the published COLA is less than 2%. In the example above, we assumed that the published COLA applicable to fiscal years 2024-2029 was always between 1.4% and 2.0%. Note that if the published COLA is less in any given years, more would be subtracted from Sam’s COLA bank for those years. Conversely, if the published COLA is greater than 2.0% in any of the given years, then the amount above 2.0% would be once again added to his bank.   This article is not an attempt to persuade you to retire or enter DROP before July 1, 2022 – there are certainly other factors to consider, such as your age, upcoming salary increases, etc. (please review this article discussing factors to consider before deciding when to retire or enter DROP). However, as this is the highest published COLA we’ve seen since 1982, and it is very rare for a retiree to add such a large amount to their COLA bank in a single year, it’s worth noting and may factor into your decision to retire or enter DROP before July 1, 2022. (Note: You must enter DROP at the beginning of a pay period - so, if you enter in June 2022, your entry date must be either June 11 or June 25, 2022.)   If you are eligible to receive a fiscal year 2023 COLA, the applicable increase will be reflected in your July 2022 pension payment.   Learn More...

SDCERS' Board Elects Paul Kaufmann Board President

Date: May 13, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

After many years of service, longtime Board Member and previous Board President Carina Coleman is leaving SDCERS' Board of Administration. On behalf of all SDCERS staff, we sincerely thank you for volunteering your time to serve on our Board.  At today's Board meeting, Paul Kaufmann (formerly Board Vice President) was unanimously elected to assume the position of Board President. Mr. Kaufmann also currently serves on SDCERS' Business & Governance Committee and previously served on SDCERS' Audit Committee for many years. He is also a Community Advisory Board Member at Sanford Burnham Prebys, a non-profit medical research institution that is dedicated to finding cures for human diseases. In his free time, Mr. Kaufmann works as an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University’s Business School in Irvine, CA.  SDCERS' Board and staff looks forward to continue working with Paul Kaufmann as we all strive to fulfill SDCERS' mission of delivering benefits timely and accurately, and ensuring the trust fund's safety, integrity, and growth. Learn More...

May 2022 Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: May 06, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled May 2022 Board and Committee meetings remotely. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  May 12th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89364107160  May 12th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83157319370 Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will also be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on May 12th at 9:15 a.m. PST, and the Board meeting on May 13th at 8:30 a.m. PST. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   You may request to participate in public comment, either live (via Zoom) or written statement. To request time to speak, use the Contact Us page on our website to submit your public comment request at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting you are requesting participation in.  If you only wish for your written comments to be read aloud at the meeting, you can send us a message via our Contact Us page up to one hour before the relevant meeting. Include the following information in your request: your contact information, which meeting you wish to participate in, and if you would like your statement read aloud at the meeting or if you would like to speak during the meeting. If you are requesting to speak aloud at the meeting, someone from SDCERS will contact you with instructions for how to join the corresponding meeting. All appropriate messages timely received will be responded to and/or read aloud at the appropriate meeting.   Learn More...

City Retiree Healthcare Plans Switching to Calendar Year Schedule - Open Enrollment to Be Held in November 2022

Date: Apr 15, 2022 Categories: Health, News Articles, Press Release

Note: This is only applicable to City retirees who are enrolled in, or plan to enroll in, a City retiree health insurance plan.   SDCERS recently mailed a letter to all City retirees explaining the upcoming changes to City retiree healthcare. Historically, the City’s retiree health insurance plans have been implemented according to the fiscal year, with open enrollment traditionally held in June and plan changes effective the following August. However, beginning January 1, 2023, the City’s retiree health insurance plans will be effective based on the calendar year instead.  This means the City’s retiree health plans will begin each January 1st, instead of August 1st. If you are currently participating in a City retiree health plan, or if you intend to enroll in a City retiree health plan in the future, the following applies to you:In order to smooth the transition, the City’s sponsored retiree healthcare plans and premiums will remain unchanged through December 31, 2022.The annual Open Enrollment period will now take place in November, rather than June – at this time, we expect this year’s Open Enrollment will begin on November 1, 2022 and end November 30, 2022; however, you will be notified via mail when the dates have been confirmed.The Comprehensive Retiree Health Book for plan year 2023 will be mailed to you around November 1, 2022.If you are satisfied with your current plan, you do NOT need to do anything right now – you will receive further instructions and information about available health plans and premiums for plan year 2023 prior to Open Enrollment in November.If you would like to change plans before this year’s Open Enrollment in November, you may do so in June 2022 – you will be able to choose from the current plan offerings shown in the 2021-2022 Comprehensive Retiree Health Book. Additional information about available plans can be found here, plan provider videos can be viewed here, and enrollment forms can be downloaded and printed at the bottom of this page.You can send health enrollment or disenrollment forms to SDCERS by mail, fax, or email – please review the directions for sending health-related documents on this page.Please be advised that if you change plans in June 2022, the effective date of your new plan will be August 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. You may still participate in the November 2022 Open Enrollment. IMPORTANT: The annual healthcare allowances will continue to be effective according to the fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th). Keep in mind that your healthcare premium may change in December, but your allowance will remain the same until the following July. You will receive another letter in the next month or so regarding your fiscal year 2023 healthcare allowance, if applicable to you.   If you have any questions, you can contact the Call Center at (619) 525-3600, open on regular business days from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST. However, as this is a significant change to retiree health, we anticipate a higher than usual call volume over the next several months. If your question is not urgent, we recommend submitting your request electronically via the Contact Us page; SDCERS staff will generally respond to electronic inquiries within one business day. Please note that at this time, SDCERS’ physical downtown offices are still closed to members and the public. Learn More...

City Retirees Enrolling in Private Health Plans May Be Eligible to Participate in New Automatic Reimbursement Process

Date: Apr 11, 2022 Categories: Health, News Articles, Press Release

This article is only applicable to City retirees who have a health reimbursement plan through the City.   Beginning with plan year 2023, the City is allowing SDCERS to offer an Annual Privately Secured reimbursement option for certain health plans. This will allow eligible members to receive an automatic reimbursement each month throughout the plan year, without having to provide monthly proof of payment. Eligible City retirees will receive a letter in November 2022 describing the new Annual Privately Secured reimbursement option, which will be fully implemented in January 2023, when the new plan year begins.   In order to qualify for the automatic reimbursement, you must be a City retiree enrolling in a private health insurance plan that has the same monthly premium for a 12-month period. Retirees enrolled in a health plan with fluctuating premium amounts do not qualify and will need to continue submitting monthly reimbursement requests.  Note: If you are a City retiree enrolling in a new plan before January 2023, you may be eligible for early participation in the Annual Privately Secured automatic reimbursement option when your new plan begins – please contact the SDCERS Health Team at health@sdcers.org for more information. However, if you already enrolled in your new plan for 2022, you will not be able to begin participating in the automatic reimbursement process until your plan renews.   Learn More...

SDCERS Board Member Lisa Marie Harris Honored as San Diego's "CFO of the Year"

Date: Mar 25, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

Each year, the San Diego Business Journal honors the financial executives who work behind the scenes — the Chief Financial Officers (“CFO’s). Now in its 17th year, the “CFO of the Year Award” recognizes contributions to company growth, leadership, and community involvement by top financial executives in the San Diego area. This year, a panel of independent judges drawn from the region’s top financial leaders selected SDCERS’ Board Member Lisa Marie Harris as their top public sector CFO! This is a well-deserved recognition for Lisa Marie Harris and only further demonstrates how lucky we are to have her on our Board of Administration and Investment Committee. You can read more about her, as well as our other Board Members, on this page. Congratulations Lisa Marie!   Learn More...

March 2022 Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Mar 04, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled March 2022 Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Audit, Disability, and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  March 9th, 9:00 a.m. PST Audit Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81986570342  March 10th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82626964405  March 10th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83991781255   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will also be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on March 10th at 9:15 a.m. PST, and the Board meeting on March 11th at 8:30 a.m. PST. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   You may request to participate in public comment, either live (via Zoom) or written statement. To request time to speak, use the Contact Us page on our website to submit your public comment request at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting you are requesting participation in.  If you only wish for your written comments to be read aloud at the meeting, you can send us a message via our Contact Us page up to one hour before the relevant meeting. Include the following information in your request: your contact information, which meeting you wish to participate in, and if you would like your statement read aloud at the meeting or if you would like to speak during the meeting.  If you are requesting to speak aloud at the meeting, someone from SDCERS will contact you with instructions for how to join the corresponding meeting. All appropriate messages timely received will be responded to and/or read aloud at the appropriate meeting.   Learn More...

Prop B Agreement Reached Between City and Some Labor Unions

Date: Feb 01, 2022 Categories: News Articles, Pension, Press Release, Proposition B

The MEA recently posted an article on their website announcing a tentative agreement regarding the invalidation of Proposition B (“Prop B”). You can review this article here. Yesterday, the City Council approved an agreement with the MEA and Local 127 regarding the unwinding of Prop B – you can review the materials associated with this agenda item from yesterday’s meeting, including a summary of the agreement, the draft resolution adopting the agreement, and the staff report on this resolution. The City is still in negotiations with the other relevant labor unions and will release more information once agreements are reached.   Please be advised that SDCERS was not a party to any negotiations, and we do not have any additional information about any tentative or final agreements reached other than what has already been made available to the public. That being said, if you are a Prop B employee (non-sworn City employees initially hired between July 20, 2012 and July 10, 2021) and you do end up becoming an SDCERS member, you will join the most recent plan tier according to your member classification – General, Safety Police, Safety Fire, or Safety Lifeguard. Please review your pension plan summary according to your initial hire date here, where you can see your plan tier’s current contribution rates, retirement factors, eligibility requirements, and more. Active Prop B employees will also have educational trainings assigned to them in Success Factors that must be completed.   To reiterate, SDCERS administers the City’s pension system pursuant to the relevant provisions of the City Charter and San Diego Municipal Code – it does not play a part in negotiating the pension benefits it is charged with administering. Therefore, we will be unable to answer any questions related to the outcome of any negotiations between the City and relevant labor unions regarding Prop B. Please direct any questions regarding Prop B to your respective labor union representative or to the City’s Risk Management Department, which you can contact via email at PropB@sandiego.gov. If you would prefer to ask your questions over the phone, please submit an appointment request using this form: www.sandiego.gov/risk-management/open-enrollment/appointment-request.   SDCERS will not have your name or any information about you in our system until we receive the formal transmittal from the City, which likely will not be until the beginning of September 2022 – approximately two months after you officially join the system on July 9, 2022. This is because joining the system will require a transfer from your SPSP-H account (managed by Principal), and it will take time for the City and Principal to process the requisite paperwork before the transmittal is sent to SDCERS; the transmittal is what provides SDCERS with the identities of the new members and their information. Until that time, SDCERS will not be able to answer any specific questions about your account. Please be sure to view the educational materials available via Success Factors in your SAP account, which provide all of the available information about this transition.   Learn More...

Results of 2021 General Board Member Election

Date: Jan 14, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

On December 16th, voting concluded in the election for SDCERS' active General Board Member seat. All active General Members (City, Port, and Airport) were eligible to vote in the General Board Member elections. Thank you to all who participated in these elections, and especially to both candidates for volunteering their time.   The candidate who received the majority of votes for the General Board Member seat was Thomas Battaglia. The full Board recertified the election results at today’s meeting. You may recognize his name from past Board meetings, because Thomas previously served as one of our two active General Board Members from January 2017 to March 2021. As he is replacing former Board Member Sarah Mayen, who terminated City service before her four-year term ended, Thomas will serve the remainder of Sarah Mayen’s term, ending March 31, 2025.   Congratulations to our newest elected Board Member and thank you in advance for your voluntary service on SDCERS’ Board of Administration! Learn More...

2021 1099-R Forms

Date: Jan 13, 2022 Categories: 1099R, News Articles, Press Release

All IRS Form 1099-R’s for tax year 2021 have been mailed. This means all SDCERS retirees and beneficiaries who received a payment from SDCERS in calendar year 2021 should be receiving their 2021 1099-R forms via U.S. mail over the next couple of weeks. To access your 1099-R form sooner, please log in to your Member Portal account, click on “Tax Reporting” on the left, and select “2021 1099R” to download an electronic copy. You can also update your tax withholding preferences on your Member Portal by clicking on “Tax Withholding.” This guide explains how to update your tax withholding preferences.   For a detailed explanation of the pertinent information in your 1099-R, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding this tax form, please review our 1099-R Fact Sheet. If you have additional questions, please contact the Call Center at (619) 525-3600 or submit your questions electronically via our Contact Us web form. Learn More...

January 2022 Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Jan 07, 2022 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled January 2022 Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  January 13th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89423822375  January 13th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82991287838   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will also be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on January 13th at 9:15 a.m. PST, and the Board meeting on January 14th at 8:30 a.m. PST. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   You may request to participate in public comment, either live (via Zoom) or written statement. To request time to speak, use the Contact Us page on our website to submit your public comment request at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting you are requesting participation in.  If you only wish for your written comments to be read aloud at the meeting, you can send us a message via our Contact Us page up to one hour before the relevant meeting. Include the following information in your request: your contact information, which meeting you wish to participate in, and if you would like your statement read aloud at the meeting or if you would like to speak during the meeting.  If you are requesting to speak aloud at the meeting, someone from SDCERS will contact you with instructions for how to join the corresponding meeting. All appropriate messages timely received will be responded to and/or read aloud at the appropriate meeting.   Learn More...

SDCERS Offices Remain Closed

Date: Jan 07, 2022 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

Please be advised that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our downtown offices remain closed to all but essential staff members required to be in the office in order to perform daily tasks. The majority of SDCERS’ staff continues to work remotely and, unfortunately, our members are still not permitted on site. However, our Call Center continues to be open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To help decrease call volume, please submit non-urgent questions or concerns via our Contact Us page, which we continue to monitor and generally respond to within one business day.   We will continue to conduct retirement counseling appointments telephonically, which we have been doing since March of 2020. The phone counseling sessions have been well-received, and document signing takes place via email exchange. If you already have a retirement counseling appointment scheduled, you will be contacted in advance with details. If you have recently submitted your online application, you will be contacted soon to schedule your appointment.   If you are thinking about retiring or entering DROP soon, please review the fact sheets, FAQs, and videos on our website, which will help answer many of your questions in advance. Keep an eye out for retirement educational webinars, which are announced periodically via your work email. You can also estimate your future retirement benefit by using the Benefit Calculator on the Member Portal. If you have not already registered on our secure Member Portal, click on “Register” on the Member Portal page and follow the registration instructions.   Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment (including for service retirements, DROP entries, and DROP exits), you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment.  CITY RETIREE HEALTH REIMBURSEMENTS: City Retiree Health Reimbursement requests are being processed as usual. For fastest processing, submit your documents via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Please ensure you have submitted complete documents – we will contact you if we receive incomplete submissions, which may result in delayed reimbursements. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101.   Learn More...

SDCERS' IT Department Receives 2021 MISAC Quality IT Practices Award

Date: Dec 17, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS is proud to announce it has received the Municipal Information System Association of California (MISAC) Quality Information Technology Practices Award for the fourth year in a row. MISAC is a collaborative organization of California local government IT professionals with the goal of promoting leadership, information sharing, and access to resources to enhance local government services and effectiveness. Membership includes cities, towns, public safety, special districts, and other local governmental agencies/districts.  MISAC's Quality IT Practices program is meant to document and acknowledgement MISAC agencies that are following IT best practices. Applicants are required to submit a detailed questionnaire and supporting material. Agency’s strengths are benchmarked to System Administration, Audit, Network, and Security (SANS) Institute standards. The SANS Institute is a cooperative research and education organization of security practitioners from varied worldwide organizations, corporations, and universities working together to help the global information security community.   Receiving MISAC Quality IT Practices Award is an honor and tribute to the dedication and performance of SDCERS’ IT staff and contractors. Learn More...

Voting is Now Open for Active General Board Member Election

Date: Dec 02, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

The election for SDCERS' open active General Board Member seat has begun. All active General Members (City, Port, and Airport) are eligible to vote for one of two candidates who will represent them on SDCERS' Board through May 2025.   If you are an active General Member, a letter was mailed to you on November 30th. This letter explains the voting process, lists information about the two candidates, and contains a unique validation number. Please retain this letter, as you will need your unique validation number in order to cast your vote. You should expect to receive this letter within the next few days – if you have not received a letter by December 7th, or if you received the letter but no longer have access to it, please contact the elections help line at 1-866-720-4357, Monday – Friday, between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. PST. You can also email SDCERShelp@electionservicescorp.com. The candidates for the two General Board Member seats are: 1) Thomas Battaglia; and 2) Dawne Clark Votes may be cast by phone or online – specific information about the voting process is contained in your letter. All votes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on December 16, 2021. Learn More...

City Retirees: Notice RE Medicare Part B Recipients

Date: Dec 02, 2021 Categories: Health, News Articles, Press Release

If you are a City retiree currently receiving health reimbursements for Medicare Part B premiums, you should have recently received a letter in the mail from SDCERS. The Medicare Part B premiums are increasing from $148.50 to $170.10 per month, beginning in January 2022. In order for you to be reimbursed at the higher rate, you must submit the 2022 Benefit Verification Letter to SDCERS, confirming the changes to your premiums.   To obtain your 2022 Benefit Verification Letter, visit www.ssa.gov, and from the homepage sign in or sign up for a personal “my Social Security” account. Once you’ve accessed your account, follow the instructions to access your Benefit Verification Letter. You can also call your local Social Security office.   We are anticipating a large number of submissions this year due to the premium increase. If you submit all of the proper paperwork to SDCERS by January 10, 2022, we will attempt to have the new premium amount reflected on your January 2022 pension benefit payment. If your paperwork is received after this date or we were unable to process your request timely, then the adjusted reimbursement amount will be included in the following payroll cycle once all required documentation is received.   You may submit your 2022 Benefit Verification Letter to SDCERS in the following ways:Fax a copy to: (858) 581-5314Mail a copy to: 401 West A Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101 Attn: HealthE-mail a scanned copy to: health@sdcers.orgIMPORTANT: If you submit your Benefit Verification Letter (and/or any other health-related paperwork) via email, please be sure any attachments are in PDF format only. You should receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours of your email submission; however, if you do not receive this confirmation email, it does not mean we didn’t receive your email. First, please check your spam or junk folder to see if the confirmation email ended up there.  Please refrain from calling us to confirm that your Benefit Verification Letter has been received, as the staff who answer the phones are also processing the documents, and additional phone calls may cause delays. If you believe you provided us with timely documentation, but are not reimbursed the increased amount in your January 2022 pension payment, then please contact us in February.   Learn More...

SDCERS' 2021 (Virtual) Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Nov 15, 2021 Categories: Events, News Articles, Pension, Press Release

Just like last year, SDCERS’ 2021 Annual Membership Meeting took place virtually as a recorded Zoom meeting. This was not a live event; instead, you can watch the presentations at your leisure via our YouTube channel by clicking here. The theme of the meeting was "Today, Tomorrow, Together.” Here is a sneak preview of this year's presentations:Liza Crisafi, Chief Investment Officer, provided a summary of SDCERS' investment performance in fiscal year 2021.Marcelle Voorhies Rossman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, explained how SDCERS plans for the future, and the differences between retirees in the past compared to retirees in the now.Gregg Rademacher, Chief Executive Officer, talked about how SDCERS adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and reassured SDCERS’ membership that its pension system will is planning for tomorrow, today, in order to make sure benefits are paid accurately and timely, and ensure the trust fund’s safety, integrity, and growth.Cynthia Queen, Member Services Director, went over all of the resources available on SDCERS’ website, gave a brief overview of the Member Portal for both active and retired members, and encouraged all members to register for their own Member Portal account if they haven’t already.We encourage you to take the time to watch the meeting and let us know what you think via our Contact Us page. This is an annual event that is usually held in person, giving us an opportunity to engage with our membership. We hope you enjoy the presentations! ​ Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves Annual Supplemental Benefit and Corbett Settlement Increase for 2021

At its November 5, 2021 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved payment of the Annual Supplemental Benefit for eligible retirees and continuance beneficiaries. The Annual Supplemental Benefit is paid in years when the fund’s investment earnings are sufficient to qualify, according to a set formula defined in the plan documents.   In addition, the Corbett Settlement Increase (“Corbett benefit”) is paid to eligible retirees and continuance beneficiaries in years that the Annual Supplemental Benefit is paid. If you are eligible for one or both of these benefits, payment will be included in your November 2021 monthly pension benefit.   The eligibility requirements for the Annual Supplemental Benefit and Corbett benefit are described in our FAQs under “Annual Supplemental Benefit, Corbett, COLA, COL Annuity.” Here, you will also find a description of how these benefits are calculated.   In addition to the requirements outlined in the FAQ’s, in order to be eligible for the Annual Supplemental Benefit, a retiree or continuance beneficiary must have been (1) alive, and (2) eligible to receive a monthly pension benefit on October 1, 2021. If an eligible retiree died on or after October 1, 2021, the retiree’s continuance beneficiary is not eligible for their own Annual Supplemental Benefit this year. In this case, the retiree’s Annual Supplemental Benefit payment will be included in the $2,000 Retiree Death Benefit and Other Payable Monies, which is paid to the beneficiary(ies) named to receive that death benefit.   Learn More...

DROP Interest Rates for Calendar Year 2022

Date: Nov 05, 2021 Categories: Board, DROP, News Articles, Press Release

At today’s meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration voted to approve staff’s recommended DROP account and DROP annuity interest rates for the next calendar year – meaning these rates will be effective January 1, 2022. The DROP account rate is the interest rate used by SDCERS while a Member is in DROP and the DROP Annuity rate is the interest rate used by SDCERS to annuitize the DROP monies of a Member who has exited DROP and retired. These rates are calculated annually using publicly available indexes as of September 30th of each year. (See Board Rule 6.10(c) and 6.40(b) for more information about how these rates are calculated.)   Therefore, effective January 1, 2022, the annual DROP account interest rate (compounded quarterly) will be decreased slightly to 0.8%, compared to the current rate of 1.0%. This interest rate will be compounded quarterly and applied to all active DROP participants’ accounts as long as the participant is actively employed by the City of San Diego, San Diego Unified Port District, or the San Diego Regional Airport Authority on the last day of each quarter. This rate is subject to change annually, which means a DROP participant’s account may receive a different interest rate every year during their participation period.   The DROP annuity interest rate will stay the same at 2.1%. This interest rate will be applied to the funds remaining in a DROP retiree’s account when they exit DROP, if the retiree chooses to annuitize all or part of their DROP account, and it will be factored into the calculation of their monthly DROP annuity.   Unlike the DROP account interest rate, the DROP annuity rate will not change for an individual member – the rate that is in effect when a member exits DROP is the rate that will be applied to their annuity, regardless of whether or not the DROP annuity rate changes in future years. Therefore, when you are getting close to your DROP retirement date, your decision to exit DROP before or after the New Year may be affected by the Board’s decision to increase or decrease the DROP annuity interest rate. However, if you do not plan to annuitize your DROP account upon exiting DROP, then the DROP annuity rate changes will not affect you. Click here to review your options regarding how you can receive the funds in your DROP account when you exit DROP.  Please attend a DROP Exit webinar if you are nearing your target DROP exit date:  November 16th at 1:30 p.m.: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1042833321240571663  November 19th at 1:30 p.m.: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1325148324834998287  December 15th at 11:00 a.m.: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5940220839076014095   If you are currently in DROP and considering retiring soon, you must begin the process by first going to your Member Portal account and clicking on “DROP Retirement Application” from the left menu, under Tools. Review this information, make your selections, and submit the initial application online. Once received, you will be contacted by an SDCERS staff member to schedule your personal phone counseling appointment. At your appointment, you can ask questions and make any changes you’d like to your application. Your electronic application is not final and you have not retired until you’ve submitted your signed application signature page, which will be emailed to you by your retirement counselor during or after your appointment. Learn More...

November 2021 Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Oct 29, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled November Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  November 4th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86563232535  November 4th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84846655722   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will also be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on November 4th at 9:15 a.m. PST, and the Board meeting on November 5th at 8:30 a.m. PST. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page. ​ You may request to participate in public comment, either live (via Zoom) or written statement. To request time to speak, use the Contact Us page on our website to submit your public comment request at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting you are requesting participation in.  If you only wish for your written comments to be read aloud at the meeting, you can send us a message via our Contact Us page up to one hour before the relevant meeting. Include the following information in your request: your contact information, which meeting you wish to participate in, and if you would like your statement read aloud at the meeting or if you would like to speak during the meeting.  If you are requesting to speak aloud at the meeting, someone from SDCERS will contact you with instructions for how to join the corresponding meeting. All appropriate messages timely received will be responded to and/or read aloud at the appropriate meeting. Learn More...

Information for City of San Diego Members Who Are Considering Terminating Employment (Due to Vaccine Mandates or Otherwise)

Date: Oct 27, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Pension, Press Release, Retirement Resources

If you are considering ending your employment with the City, due to the pending vaccine mandates or for any other reason, please review our Termination & Deferred Membership fact sheet as well as your plan tier’s Retirement Plan Summary, according to your plan sponsor, membership classification, and initial hire date.   Whether you are terminated for cause or voluntarily end your employment, the circumstances surrounding your departure do not affect your eligibility to receive any SDCERS pension benefits to which you are entitled. As long as you accrue enough service credit (including purchased and reciprocal service credit) to meet your plan tier’s minimum eligibility requirements, you can begin receiving your monthly pension benefit as soon as you become age-eligible. Again, please refer to your Retirement Plan Summary for information about eligibility requirements, as they differ according to plan sponsor and plan tier. You can also log in to your Member Portal account to see if you are currently service-eligible and also to use the benefit estimate calculator, which you can use to run different retirement scenarios and see an estimate of what your monthly pension benefit might be according to each scenario.   If you are (or will be) service and age-eligible to retire when you separate employment, and you are not currently participating in DROP, please submit your electronic service retirement application via your Member Portal account ASAP. You must have a counseling appointment and submit your completed, signed retirement application (not the electronic version – the final application you will discuss with your counselor at your appointment) prior to your retirement date. Ideally, your retirement date should be the day after your termination date. However, if your final application is dated and submitted later, the delayed submission will result in missed days of pension payments.   If you are currently participating in DROP, your retirement date will automatically be the day after your termination date – this is true regardless of if you quit your job or if you are fired. You do need to submit an electronic DROP retirement application and meet with a counselor as soon as possible after termination, but this does not necessarily need to happen prior to your termination date. In this case, a DROP retirement application submitted after your termination date will not result in missed days of pension payments, but it could delay your payments altogether until we have received the requisite paperwork from you.   If you are service-eligible, but not age-eligible to retire upon termination, you do not need an appointment just yet – you will become a “deferred vested” member once you separate employment. No matter where you are in the world, you will be eligible to retire and begin receiving your monthly pension benefit when you become age-eligible. Please log in to your Member Portal account a few months before you become age-eligible and submit your service retirement application. Submitting the electronic application will trigger a staff member to contact you and schedule your retirement counseling appointment.   If you are not service-eligible to retire when you terminate employment and you have no intention of establishing reciprocity elsewhere, you should consider your options regarding your member contributions on deposit with SDCERS. You can leave the funds with SDCERS, where they will earn annual interest at the current discount rate every July (the current rate at the time this article was written is 6.5%), or you can withdraw or rollover the funds (including interest) to an eligible account. If possible, it would be best to schedule a retirement counseling appointment prior to your termination, where your counselor will explain your options in more detail. However, please note that our counseling schedule is typically very busy in November and December, so be sure to plan in advance and review the relevant information on our website ASAP. To schedule an appointment due to terminating employment, you can contact our Call Center, open on regular business days from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at (619) 525-3600. Learn More...

SDCERS Receives the 2021 Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration

Date: Oct 12, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

For the fourth year in a row, SDCERS has been awarded the Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration. The Public Pension Coordinating Council grants this award, which recognizes SDCERS for meeting professional standards for plan funding and administration as set forth in the Public Pension Standards.​Recognition Award for Administration SDCERS received the Recognition Award for Administration due to its adherence to the five essential administrative categories:Comprehensive Benefit ProgramActuarialAuditInvestmentsCommunicationsSee the full article for more information. Learn More...

Upcoming Election for Active General Board Member Seat

Date: Oct 08, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

You may recall SDCERS held elections earlier this year to fill the two active General Member seats on our Board of Administration, and the winners of that election were Bret A. Bartolotta and Sarah Mayen. Unfortunately for SDCERS, Sarah Mayen recently left active City service, which means she can no longer serve on SDCERS’ Board as a representative for active General Members. Therefore, SDCERS is holding another election to fill her vacated seat on the Board. The winner of this election will serve the remainder of her four-year term, ending March 31, 2025.   The nominations process for this election has begun. All active City General Members are eligible to run for this seat and have been mailed a letter, which contains a unique validation number and instructions explaining how to self-nominate and/or sign a nominee’s petition. Please retain this letter, as you will need your unique validation number in order to submit a nomination or sign an existing nominee's petition.  If you are an active City General Member interested in serving on SDCERS Board, please be sure to self-nominate by October 29, 2021; all other active City General Members, please be sure to sign the nomination petition(s) of any candidate(s) you support!   If you are an active City General Member and have not received your nominations letter by October 14, 2021; if you lost your letter; or if you have any questions about the nomination process, please email SDCERShelp@electionservicescorp.com or call 1-866-720-4357, Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST. All nominations and signatures must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on October 29, 2021. At that time, if there is only one nominee with at least 10 petition signatures (the minimum requirement to move forward), an election will not be necessary. If there are competing nominations, then we will proceed with the election and all active General Members will receive a letter with further instructions.  Learn More...

SDCERS Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 13th Consecutive Year

The Government Financial Officers Association (“GFOA”) has awarded SDCERS the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for SDCERS’ 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (“CAFR”) and Popular Annual Financial Report (“PAFR”). This is the 13th year in a row SDCERS has received this recognition! The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 15,000 government finance professionals. SDCERS’ CAFR and PAFR were judged by an impartial panel and deemed to have met the high standards of the certificate program, including demonstrating an effective means to disclose and clearly communicate SDCERS’ financial story and to motivate Members and the public to read the CAFR and PAFR.  This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental agency and its management. Learn More...

SDCERS' Final Investment Return for FY 2021

Date: Sep 10, 2021 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

At today's Board meeting, SDCERS’ Investments Team reported a final return of 24.9% (net of fees) for Fiscal Year 2021. As of June 30, 2021, the trust fund’s assets totaled just over $10 billion – the highest level SDCERS has seen in its history! The end of fiscal year total reflects a net increase of about $2.0 billion since June 30, 2020. SDCERS’ average rate of return over the past 20 years is 7.8%, and since its inception is 9.1%.   There are a few ways to measure an investment portfolio’s performance. One way we measure our performance is by comparing our actual rate of return to the actuarial rate of return, which is the expected earnings rate determined by SDCERS’ actuary and used to calculate things like contribution rates. We are happy to report that our 24.9% return is vastly greater than our actuarial rate of return of 6.5%, which indicates SDCERS is maintaining its long-term investment strategy to ensure the continued payment of promised pension benefits to its members.   Another way to measure performance is by comparing our returns to a policy benchmark, which is how the total fund would perform if it was completely invested in index funds for each of the assets classes it was invested in. This fiscal year SDCERS outperformed its benchmark which had a 24.4%  return.   Performance can also be measured in comparison to other public pension plans, although it is important to remember that plans have very different sizes, circumstances, and funding statuses which impacts their asset allocations and in turn their return targets. Over longer time periods, SDCERS stacks up very well with its peers – over the past 20 years, SDCERS experienced higher returns than 93% of the 192 other plans in our peer group.   Learn More...

September 2021 Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Sep 03, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled September Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  September 9th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81093536376  September 9th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84473252803   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on September 9th at 9:15 a.m. PST, and the Board meeting on September 10th at 8:30 a.m. PST. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting.   Learn More...

City's Pension Plan Reopened as of July 10, 2021

Date: Aug 20, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Press Release, Proposition B

The City of San Diego officially reopened its pension plan to all non-police employees hired by the City on or after July 10, 2021 - almost exactly nine years from Proposition B’s effective date. Such employees will fall into the most recent plan tier according to their member classification – General, Safety Fire, or Safety Lifeguard. Please review your pension plan summary according to hire date here. Police Safety members continue to be enrolled in a defined contribution plan while in the Police Academy and become SDCERS members once they are sworn.   However, we still do not know exactly how the trial court’s ruling will be implemented with respect to those non-sworn police officers hired by the City between July 20, 2012 and July 9, 2021, who have been participating in a 401(k)-style plan rather than the pension system. The City and relevant labor unions are in continuing negotiations. Please remember that SDCERS administers the City’s pension system pursuant to the relevant provisions of the City Charter and San Diego Municipal Code – it does not play a part in negotiating the pension benefits it is charged with administering. Please direct any questions regarding Prop B to your respective labor union representative or to the City’s Human Resources Department. Learn More...

Summer 2021 SCOOP Newsletter & FY 2021 Annual Member Statements

Date: Aug 18, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

This year’s Summer SCOOP Newsletter has arrived and should hit mailboxes within the next week or so! For members who have not yet retired or entered DROP (including inactive and deferred vested members), a copy of the newsletter will be included in the envelope with your FY2021 Annual Member Statement. You can also view an electronic version of current and past issues on our website, here. The purpose of our newsletter is to keep you informed about what is currently happening here at SDCERS. We think this is important now more than ever, since we have not been able to see or talk to our members face to face in a very long time. If you’d like to receive an electronic copy of future SCOOP issues in advance of the mailed copy, you can sign up here.   Along with the Summer Newsletter, SDCERS members who have not retired or entered DROP should be receiving their Annual Member Statement in the mail over the next several days. This statement contains detailed account information for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, which means the information is current as of July 1, 2021. The purpose of this Annual Member Statement is (1) to ensure that your beneficiary designations are correct, and (2) to keep you up-to-date regarding the details of your SDCERS retirement account.   A video detailing the contents of your statement is available here.  Please review the information on your statement carefully. If you have questions about the Personal Information listed, please contact your Payroll Specialist or update your information in SAP (or contact your Human Resources office if you are a Port or Airport member).  Contact SDCERS if you have questions or need to update the Member and Contribution Information or Beneficiary Information, or if you believe there is an error in your statement.   If you have questions about your Annual Member Statement, please contact your Payroll Specialist or call the SDCERS Call Center at 619-525-3600, open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (PST). And remember, your most up-to-date account information is always available on the SDCERS Member Portal.   Learn More...

SDCERS' Board Welcomes Two New Audit Committee Members

Date: Aug 05, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

At its March 2021 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration appointed two new Independent Non-Board Members to its Audit Committee: Mia Harenski and Gary McCormick. (Click here for more background information about these appointments and SDCERS’ Audit Committee Members.)   Mia Harenski is a partner at Considine & Considine, CPA. She is originally from the Central Valley and, after attending college in San Diego, she decided to call it her permanent home. Mia serves on several community boards and committees, as well as being an active volunteer for her sons’ schools and various sports-related activities.   Gary McCormick has more than 30 years of public accounting experience and currently works as an audit partner at BDO, an accounting firm that provides tax and financial advisory services to clients all around the world. Gary previously served as the partner in charge of the audits of the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the San Diego Port District – so he already has experience and insight related to two of SDCERS’ plan sponsors!   On behalf of SDCERS’ Board and staff, we are thrilled to welcome Mia and Gary to our Audit Committee. Their background and expertise in auditing and accounting will only increase SDCERS’ accountability and professionalism, two of our Board’s core values. Learn More...

New Member Contribution Rates for FY2022

Date: Jul 01, 2021 Categories: Contribution Rates, News Articles, Press Release

IMPORTANT: These changes only apply to (1) City of San Diego members and (2) Port and Airport members who were hired on or after January 1, 2013.   Member contributions are the mandatory pre-tax deductions on a member’s biweekly paycheck that are deposited into the SDCERS Trust Fund, where they earn interest and ultimately fund each member’s individual pension benefit. Contributions are calculated as a percentage of the member’s pensionable salary on each paycheck. The percentage is determined according to the member’s plan tier and age of entry into SDCERS. Contribution rates are adjusted by SDCERS’ Board, as recommended by SDCERS’ actuary, based on requirements in the City of San Diego Charter and the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.    At its March 12, 2021 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved new member contribution rates, which will go into effect on July 1, 2021 for all City of San Diego members and all Port and Airport members hired on or after January 1, 2013. If you fall into one of these membership categories, you can view your new contribution rates by going to “Retirement Plan Summaries” and clicking on your employer and date range corresponding to your initial hire date. Most members will experience slightly increased contribution rates – this is due to changes in certain actuarial assumptions.   According to the most recent annual valuation, mortality assumptions are changing such that people are generally living to an older age. On top of that, future improvements to those mortality assumptions (generational mortality improvements) were considered. For example, a 65-year-old today will have a different mortality estimate than that of a 65-year-old 20 years from now. Both of these new assumptions increase the cost to the system, since the new assumptions indicate that SDCERS will be paying out individual pension benefits over a longer timeframe than original estimates suggested. Therefore, members and their plan sponsors must contribute more while they are working in order to keep the system properly funded, given the added cost due to these new assumptions. The new contribution rates will be reflected in City of San Diego members’ paychecks for pay period ending July 9, 2021, and Port and Airport members’ paychecks for pay period ending July 1, 2021.   Learn More...

Fiscal Year 2022 City Retiree Health Open Enrollment

Date: May 24, 2021 Categories: Events, Health, News Articles, Press Release, Retirement Resources

Health open enrollment for City of San Diego retirees will run from June 1st through June 30th. As of May 24th, the fiscal year 2022 City retiree health booklets were mailed out to all eligible City retirees and beneficiaries. An electronic version of the booklet is available here, and the health plan comparison chart here. You can also download and complete enrollment forms by visiting the City Retiree Health page. After you’ve completed an enrollment (or disenrollment) form, you must send it to SDCERS by June 30th – we prefer you scan your forms and email them as a PDF attachment to health@sdcers.org, but you may also fax them to (858) 581-5314 or mail them to our offices at:   SDCERS – Health Division 401 West A Street, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92101   As always, if you do not wish to make any changes to your current healthcare coverage, you do not need to take any action during open enrollment and your coverage will remain the same. There are no new plans this year and no significant changes to existing plans in terms of coverage.   Due to the continuing ban on public gatherings, this year’s open enrollment will similar to last year’s: SDCERS will not be holding in-person open enrollment events, such as the annual Open Enrollment Kickoff or Help Day. Instead, SDCERS participated in a virtual health fair hosted by SDPEBA (San Diego Public Employee Benefit Association), which was held on June 2nd.   Additionally, plan providers once again recorded the presentations they would have given at SDCERS’ live open enrollment events. You can access their videos via this page on our website.   If you are comparing different plans and trying to decide which is best for you, don’t forget about CareCounsel! CareCounsel Member Care Specialists are available for your healthcare inquiries and concerns. You can call them at (888) 227-3334 or e-mail staff@carecounsel.com Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. CareCounsel also provides helpful videos on their website that may answer your questions about Medicare, here: https://carecounsel.com/medicare.html.   SDCERS’ Call Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at (619) 525-3600 and (800) 774-4977. Please be patient with our hard-working staff; we are working with limited resources and call wait times may be longer than usual due to an expected increase in health-related calls. Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) for Fiscal Year 2022

Date: May 14, 2021 Categories: Board, COLA, News Articles, Press Release

At its May 14, 2021 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved the Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) that will be applied to eligible SDCERS retirees’ (including active DROP participants) monthly pension benefit amount from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. You will receive a COLA for Fiscal Year 2022 if your retirement or DROP entry date is on or before June 30, 2021.   Per San Diego Municipal Code section 24.1505 and section 1301 of the Port and Airport Plans, the COLA is calculated every year based on the change in the cost of living between the two previous Decembers, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (“CPI”), United States – All items. However, the maximum allowable increase in any given year is 2.0%.   In years where the COLA is greater than the maximum 2.0% (such as last year), the amount over 2% is added to what is called a “COLA bank.” A retiree’s COLA bank accumulates based on their fiscal year of retirement (or DROP entry), and each annual retiree group has its own COLA bank. In years that the CPI’s published COLA is less than 2%, each retiree group’s COLA bank may be able to increase the actual COLA received by the retiree up to a maximum of 2%, if that retiree group’s COLA bank has accrued enough funds from years where the published COLA was greater than 2%.   According to the CPI, the change in cost of living between December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020 was 1.362%. Due to the fact that this year’s COLA is less than 2%, different COLAs were approved for different retiree groups, depending on the member’s retirement (or DROP entry) date and COLA bank. (Please open the full article to review the different COLAs.)   If you are eligible to receive a Fiscal Year 2022 COLA, the applicable increase will be reflected in your July 2021 pension payment.   Learn More...

May Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: May 07, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled May Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  May 13th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/96187724114  May 13th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/98739346808   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on May 13th at 9:15 a.m., and the Board meeting on May 14th at 8:30 a.m. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting.   Learn More...

City's Proposition B Update

Date: Apr 14, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Pension, Press Release, Proposition B

As you may know, Proposition B (“Prop B”) was the San Diego ballot initiative that went into effect July 20, 2012 and amended the City Charter to close the City’s pension system to all new hires except for sworn City police officers. This ballot measure has been in litigation since its inception. In January 2021, a San Diego state trial court issued a verbal ruling from the bench, declaring Prop B to be invalid. This verbal ruling was followed by a written statement of decision, and proponents of Prop B had until April 9, 2021 to appeal the trial court’s ruling.   No appeal was filed by the deadline, which means the trial court’s invalidation of Prop B is final. However, we still do not know exactly how the trial court’s ruling will be implemented. So, what happens next?The City and labor unions will enter into negotiations to decide how the trial court’s decision will be implemented.The City will have to take legislative action (i.e., pass a City Ordinance) to remove Prop B from the City Charter and, if applicable, the San Diego Municipal Code.Once the above actions are completed, we will have more information about enrolling City Members hired since July 20, 2012 into an SDCERS pension plan and their options moving forward. Until then, Proposition B is still in effect – meaning all new City hires (except sworn police officers) since July 20, 2012 continue to contribute to the City’s SPSP-H plan in lieu of participating in an SDCERS defined benefit pension plan.If the invalidation of Prop B affects you, SDCERS anticipates that we will contact you on an individual basis once the above actions have been completed.   NOTE: SDCERS administers the City’s pension system pursuant to the relevant provisions of the City Charter and San Diego Municipal Code – it does not play a part in negotiating the pension benefits it is charged with administering. Please direct any questions regarding Prop B to your respective labor union representative or to the City’s Human Resources Department. Learn More...

It's SDCERS' 90th Birthday!

Date: Apr 07, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

On April 7, 1931, Article VIII, Section 140 was added to San Diego’s City Charter, which created the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (“SDCERS”). Today, 90 years later, SDCERS administers the pension benefits for three plan sponsors – the City of San Diego, the San Diego Port District, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. We have nearly 7,000 active members comprising 21 different pension plan tiers and over 8,500 retired members currently receiving monthly pension benefits.   SDCERS is the only pension system in California to have a Board of Administration comprised of a majority of non-members – meaning our Board is set up to be as objective as possible in the pursuit of fair and prudent governance.   All of SDCERS’ plan sponsors make their annual payment in full every July, and our Board has a solid plan to ensure our pension system is on a steady path to becoming fully funded. We offer tons of educational materials on our website – see our “Resources” section – and every member is able to create their personal Member Portal account, where they can securely access specific information regarding their pension benefits, add and remove beneficiaries, apply for retirement, create benefit estimates, and more.   Please join us in wishing SDCERS a happy 90th birthday as we look back on all of our successes and growth over the years!   Learn More...

Results of Board Member Elections

Date: Mar 12, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

As of 5:00 p.m. (PST) on February 11th, voting concluded in the elections for SDCERS' two active General Board Member seats and one active Fire Safety Board Member seat. All active General Members (City, Port, and Airport) were eligible to vote in the General Board Member elections, while active City Fire and Lifeguard Members were eligible to vote for one of the Fire Safety Board Member candidates. Thank you to all who participated in these elections!   The candidates who received the majority of votes for the General Board Member seats are Bret A. Bartolotta and Sarah Mayen.   The candidate who received the majority of votes for the Fire Safety Board Member seat is Paul Lotze.   The current Board of Administration certified the election results today, at its March 12, 2021 meeting. Congratulations to our newly elected Board Members and thank you in advance for your service on SDCERS’ Board of Administration! The new Board Members will attend their first SDCERS Board meeting on May 14, 2021.   Learn More...

March Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Mar 05, 2021 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled March Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  March 11th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91595143776  March 11th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/94550286076   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on March 11th at 9:15 a.m., and the Board meeting on March 12th at 8:30 a.m. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting.   Learn More...

Voting is Now CLOSED for Board Member Elections

Date: Feb 12, 2021 Categories: Board, Events, News Articles, Press Release

Elections have ended for SDCERS' two active General Board Member seats and one active Fire Safety Board Member seat.  The candidates for the two General Board Member seats are: 1) Bret A. Bartolotta 2) Thomas Battaglia 3) Sarah Mayen 4) Tammy L. Williams The candidates for the Fire Safety Board Member seat are: 1) Paul Lotze 2) Tim Robles The election results will be publicly announced and certifed by SDCERS' Board of Administration during its meeting on March 12, 2021. Learn More...

Voting is Now Open for Board Member Elections

Date: Jan 28, 2021 Categories: Board, Events, News Articles, Press Release

Elections have begun for SDCERS' two active General Board Member seats and one active Fire Safety Board Member seat. All active General Members (City, Port, and Airport) are eligible to vote for up to two candidates who will represent them on SDCERS' Board for the next four years, starting in May 2021. All active City Fire and Lifeguard Members are eligible to vote for one of the Fire Safety Board Member candidates.   If you are in any of the above-mentioned membership classifications, a letter was mailed to you on January 25th. Each letter explains the voting process, lists information about the candidates, and contains a unique validation number. Please retain this letter, as you will need your unique validation number in order to cast your vote. You should expect to receive this letter within the next few days – if you have not received a letter by February 2nd, or if you received the letter but no longer have access to it, please contact the elections help line at 1-866-720-4357, Monday – Friday, between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. PST. You can also email SDCERShelp@electionservicescorp.com. The candidates for the two General Board Member seats are: 1) Bret A. Bartolotta 2) Thomas Battaglia 3) Sarah Mayen 4) Tammy L. Williams The candidates for the Fire Safety Board Member seat are: 1) Paul Lotze 2) Tim Robles Votes may be cast by phone or online – specific information about the voting process is contained in your letter. All votes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on February 11, 2021. Learn More...

SDCERS' IT Department Receives 2020 MISAC Quality IT Practices Award

Date: Jan 08, 2021 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS is proud to announce it has received the Municipal Information System Association of California (MISAC) Quality Information Technology Practices Award for the third year in a row. MISAC is a collaborative organization of California local government IT professionals with the goal of promoting leadership, information sharing, and access to resources to enhance local government services and effectiveness. Membership includes cities, towns, public safety, special districts, and other local governmental agencies/districts.  MISAC's Quality IT Practices program is meant to document and acknowledgement MISAC agencies that are following IT best practices. Applicants are required to submit a detailed questionnaire and supporting material. Agency’s strengths are benchmarked to System Administration, Audit, Network, and Security (SANS) Institute standards. The SANS Institute is a cooperative research and education organization of security practitioners from varied worldwide organizations, corporations, and universities working together to help the global information security community.   Receiving MISAC Quality IT Practices Award is an honor and tribute to the dedication and performance of SDCERS’ IT staff and contractors. Learn More...

Proposition B Declared Invalid By San Diego Trial Court

Date: Jan 06, 2021 Categories: Litigation, News Articles, Pension, Proposition B

Proposition B was the San Diego ballot initiative that went into effect July 20, 2012 and amended the City Charter to close the City’s pension system to all new hires except for City police officers. This ballot measure has been in litigation since its inception. Please visit our FAQ’s for more information about the history of Proposition B.   Recently, opponents of Proposition B gained momentum in their quest to overturn the ballot measure: On January 5, 2021, a San Diego state trial court heard oral arguments in this matter and issued a verbal ruling from the bench, declaring Proposition B to be invalid. Currently, the court is drafting a written statement of its decision, which will direct the City Council to erase Proposition B's language from the City Charter. We do not know exactly how this ruling will be implemented – whether it will retroactively provide pension benefits to all City employees who were affected by Proposition B, if these employees will be compensated some other way and begin earning pension benefits prospectively, or if some other resolution will be negotiated. However, it is worth noting that if the trial court's decision is appealed within 60 days of the court’s written statement of decision, any enforcement of the decision may be stalled until the appeal is resolved.  Note: SDCERS is not a party to this litigation. SDCERS administers the City’s pension system pursuant to the relevant provisions of the City Charter and San Diego Municipal Code – it does not play a part in negotiating the pension benefits it is charged with administering. Learn More...

January Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Dec 31, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled January Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  January 7th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97664013115  January 7th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92037693542   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on January 7th at 9:15 a.m., and the Board meeting on January 8th at 8:30 a.m. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting. Learn More...

Upcoming Board Member Elections (Active City General and Fire Safety)

Date: Dec 22, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS' two active General Board Members (Thomas Battaglia and Jeffrey Wallace) and active Fire Safety Board Member (Michael McBride) will complete their four-year term on SDCERS' Board of Administration on March 31, 2021. Therefore, SDCERS will be holding elections to fill these soon-to-be vacated seats. All active City General and Fire Safety Members are eligible to nominate a candidate for their respective representative on SDCERS' Board. If you are in one of these membership classifications, you should have received a letter containing a unique validation number and explaining the nominations process. Please retain this letter, as you will need your unique validation number in order to submit a nomination or sign an existing nominee's petition.  In order for a nominee to be eligible for the open position, they must receive at least 10 signatures on their nomination petition. You can submit a self-nomination or sign a petition online through the following website: https://vote.escvote.com/SDCERS/ If you lost your letter or have any questions about the nomination process, please email SDCERShelp@electionservicescorp.com or call 1-866-720-4357, Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST.  All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on January 6, 2021. At that time, if there is only one nominee for each open seat, an election will not be necessary. If there are competing nominations, then we will proceed with elections and you will receive another letter with further instructions if you are eligible to vote in the election.    Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves Annual Supplemental Benefit and Corbett Settlement Increase for 2020

At its November 13, 2020 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved payment of the Annual Supplemental Benefit and the Corbett Settlement Increase (“Corbett benefit”) for eligible retirees and continuance beneficiaries. The Annual Supplemental Benefit is paid in years when the fund’s investment earnings are sufficient to qualify, according to a set formula defined in the plan documents, and the Corbett benefit is paid in years that the Annual Supplemental Benefit is paid. If you are eligible for one or both of these benefits, payment will be included in your November 2020 monthly pension benefit.   The eligibility requirements for the Annual Supplemental Benefit and Corbett benefit are described in our FAQs under “Annual Supplemental Benefit, Corbett, COLA, COL Annuity.” Here, you will also find a description of how these benefits are calculated.   In addition to the requirements outlined in the FAQ’s, in order to be eligible for the Annual Supplemental Benefit, a retiree or continuance beneficiary must have been (1) alive, and (2) eligible to receive a monthly pension benefit on October 1, 2020. If an eligible retiree died on or after October 1, 2020, the retiree’s continuance beneficiary is not eligible for their own Annual Supplemental Benefit. In this case, the retiree’s Annual Supplemental Benefit payment will be included in the $2,000 Retiree Death Benefit and Other Payable Monies, which is paid to the beneficiary(ies) named to receive that death benefit. Learn More...

2021 Deferred Retirement Option Plan ("DROP") Interest Rates

Date: Nov 13, 2020 Categories: Board, DROP, News Articles, Press Release

At today’s meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration voted to approve new DROP account and DROP annuity interest rates, which will be effective January 1, 2021. The DROP account rate is the interest rate used by SDCERS while a Member is in DROP and the DROP annuity rate is the interest rate used by SDCERS to annuitize the DROP monies of a Member who has exited DROP and retired. These rates are calculated annually using publicly available indexes as of September 30 of each year.   Effective January 1, 2021, the DROP account interest rate will be 1%, compared to the current rate of 2.5%. This interest rate will be compounded quarterly and applied to all active DROP participants’ accounts as long as the participant is actively employed by the City of San Diego, San Diego Unified Port District, or the San Diego Regional Airport Authority on the last day of each quarter. This rate is subject to change annually, which means a DROP participant’s account may receive a different interest rate every year during their participation period, depending on the Board’s actions.   Also beginning January 1, 2021, the DROP annuity interest rate will be 2.1%, compared to the current rate of 3.1%. This interest rate will be factored into the calculation of a DROP retiree’s monthly DROP annuity, if they DROP retire between January 1 and December 31, 2021 and choose to annuitize their DROP account. Unlike the DROP account interest rate, the DROP annuity rate will not change for an individual member – the rate that is in effect when a member DROP retires is the rate that will be applied to their annuity, regardless of whether or not the DROP annuity rate changes in future years. If you are nearing the end of your five-year DROP participation period, your decision to DROP retire before or after the New Year may be affected by the Board’s decision regarding the DROP annuity interest rate. However, if you do not plan to annuitize your DROP account upon exiting DROP, then the DROP annuity rate changes will not affect you. Click here to review your options regarding how you may choose to receive your DROP account.  Read the full article for an example of how the changing DROP annuity interest rate could affect the calculation of a hypothetical DROP annuity.   If you are currently in DROP and considering retiring before Dec. 31, you must begin the process immediately as counseling appointments will fill up fast. To begin the process, you must first go to your Member Portal account and click on “DROP Retirement Application” from the left menu, under Tools. Review this information, make your selections, and SUBMIT THE APPLICATION ONLINE. Once received, you will be contacted by an SDCERS staff member to schedule your personal phone counseling appointment. At your appointment, you can ask questions and make any changes you’d like to your application. Your electronic application is not final and you have not retired until you’ve submitted your signed application signature page, which will be emailed to you by your retirement counselor during your appointment. Learn More...

November Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Nov 06, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled November Board and Committee meetings. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the Board meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Disability, Investment, and/or Audit Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  November 12th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96709801075  November 12th, 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96759190239  November 18th, 9:00 a.m. PST Audit Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96592132396   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on November 12th at 9:15 a.m., and the Board meeting on November 13th at 8:30 a.m. To access the live stream for either meeting, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting. Learn More...

SDCERS Receives the 2020 Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration

Date: Oct 22, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Pension, Press Release

For the third year in a row, SDCERS has been awarded the Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration. The Public Pension Coordinating Council grants this award, which recognizes SDCERS for meeting professional standards for plan funding and administration as set forth in the Public Pension Standards.​Recognition Award for Administration SDCERS received the Recognition Award for Administration due to its adherence to the five essential administrative categories:Comprehensive Benefit ProgramActuarialAuditInvestmentsCommunications Recognition Award for Funding SDCERS received the Recognition Award for Funding because its three plan sponsors (City of San Diego, Port of San Diego, and San Diego County Regional Airport Authority) consistently pay their Annual Required Contributions as determined by the SDCERS Board.  The Public Pension Coordinating Council (PPCC) is a coalition of three national associations that represent public retirement systems and administrators: National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA), the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR) and the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS). Together, these associations represent more than 500 of the largest pension plans in the United States serving most of the nation’s 16 million employees of state and local government. Learn More...

SDCERS RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The Government Financial Officers Association (“GFOA”) has awarded SDCERS the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for SDCERS’ 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (“CAFR”) and Popular Annual Financial Report (“PAFR”). This is the 12th year in a row SDCERS has received this recognition! The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 15,000 government finance professionals. SDCERS’ CAFR and PAFR were judged by an impartial panel and deemed to have met the high standards of the certificate program, including demonstrating an effective means to disclose and clearly communicate SDCERS’ financial story and to motivate Members and the public to read the CAFR and PAFR.  This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental agency and its management.   SDCERS’ award-winning CAFRs and PAFRs are available online and can be viewed here.   Learn More...

September Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Sep 04, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled September Board and Committee meetings, except for the Disability Committee meeting, which has been cancelled. All meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Audit and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  September 9th, 9:00 a.m. PST Audit Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92308362729  September 10th 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95359576685   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on September 10th and the Board meeting on September 11th. To access the live stream, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting.   Learn More...

FY 2020 Annual Member Statements

Date: Aug 11, 2020 Categories: News Articles

Non-retired SDCERS Members will be receiving their Annual Member Statement in the mail over the next several days. This statement contains detailed account information for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, which means the information is current as of July 1, 2020. The purpose of this Annual Statement of Benefits is (1) to ensure that your beneficiary designations are updated, and (2) to keep you informed of the details of your SDCERS retirement account.Please review the information on your statement carefully and contact SDCERS if you need to update your information or if you believe there is an error in your statement. A video detailing the contents of your statement is available here. If you have questions about your Annual Statement of Benefits, please contact your Payroll Specialist or call the SDCERS Call Center at 619-525-3600, open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (PST). And remember, your most up-to-date account information is always available on the SDCERS Member Portal.   Learn More...

Call Center is Open, But Office Remains Closed

Date: Jul 20, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release, Retirement Resources

SDCERS staff is here to assist you – we just can’t see you in person. The Call Center's "new" hours are from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You can also submit non-urgent questions or concerns via our Contact Us page, and we will respond within one business day.   We appreciate your patience. The majority of SDCERS staff are still required to telecommute and our offices remain closed to members and the public.   Retirement counseling appointments are being held via phone and document signing takes place via email exchange. If you already have a retirement counseling appointment scheduled, you will be contacted in advance with details. If you have recently submitted your online application, you will be contacted soon to schedule your appointment.   If you are thinking about retiring soon, please review the fact sheets, FAQs, and videos on our website, which will help answer many of your questions in advance. Keep an eye out for retirement educational webinars, which are announced periodically via your work email. You can also estimate your future retirement benefit by using the Benefit Calculator on the Member Portal. If you have not already registered on our secure Member Portal, click on “Register” on the Member Portal page and follow the registration instructions.   Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment, you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment.  CITY RETIREE HEALTH REIMBURSEMENTS: City Retiree Health Reimbursement requests are being processed as usual. For fastest processing, submit your documents via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Do NOT use health@sandiego.gov, as this email no longer forwards to health@sdcers.org. Please ensure you have submitted complete documents – we continue to receive incomplete submissions, which cannot be processed and result in delayed reimbursements.  Note: If you are using an Apple product to send the email, in Mail, please select "Format" and click on "Make Plain Text" - we've received reports of emails not getting through our firewalls if this extra step isn't taken when using an Apple product. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101.   Learn More...

Call Center is Open, But Office Remains Closed

Date: Jul 13, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release, Retirement Resources

SDCERS staff is here to assist you – we just can’t see you in person. Our Call Center hours will be adjusted this week for training, as we seek the best ways to serve our members during this challenging time.  Tuesday, July 14             10 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Wednesday, July 15        10 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.   Beginning Thursday, July 16th, the Call Center will be open on the regular schedule, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You can also submit non-urgent questions or concerns via our Contact Us page, and we will respond within one business day.   We appreciate your patience. The majority of SDCERS staff are still required to telecommute and our offices remain closed to members and the public.   Retirement counseling appointments are being held via phone and document signing takes place via email exchange. If you already have a retirement counseling appointment scheduled, you will be contacted in advance with details. If you have recently submitted your online application, you will be contacted soon to schedule your appointment.   If you are thinking about retiring soon, please review the fact sheets, FAQs, and videos on our website, which will help answer many of your questions in advance. Keep an eye out for retirement educational webinars, which are announced periodically via your work email. You can also estimate your future retirement benefit by using the Benefit Calculator on the Member Portal. If you have not already registered on our secure Member Portal, click on “Register” on the Member Portal page and follow the registration instructions.   Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment, you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment.  CITY RETIREE HEALTH REIMBURSEMENTS: City Retiree Health Reimbursement requests are being processed as usual. For fastest processing, submit your documents via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Do NOT use health@sandiego.gov, as this email no longer forwards to health@sdcers.org. Please ensure you have submitted complete documents – we continue to receive incomplete submissions, which cannot be processed and result in delayed reimbursements.  Note: If you are using an Apple product to send the email, in Mail, please select "Format" and click on "Make Plain Text" - we've received reports of emails not getting through our firewalls if this extra step isn't taken when using an Apple product. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101. Learn More...

Retiree & Active DROP Participants - Death Benefits and Importance of Keeping Beneficiary Designations Updated

Date: Jul 10, 2020 Categories: Member Portal, News Articles, Pension

When was the last time you thought about your SDCERS beneficiary designations? Over a year ago? Five years? The day you retired or entered DROP? Maybe never? Beneficiary designations may seem like a chore you can put off or do once and forget about, but the truth is you should review your beneficiary designations at least once a year to make sure they reflect your current circumstances. For example, beneficiary designations probably aren’t the first thing on your mind when you get married or divorced, have a child, or lose a loved one, but these are all defining life events that may affect who you want to receive your pension benefits when you die. This article summarizes the death benefits provided to DROP participants and SDCERS retirees, but please review the Death Benefits Fact Sheet and Retirement Benefit Options Fact Sheet for more in-depth information. Review the full article to learn about possible death benefits such as:Continuance Benefit$2,000 Retiree Death Benefit & Other Unpaid MoniesDROP Death BenefitUpdating your beneficiary designations is quick, easy, and you can do it from home by logging in to your SDCERS Member Portal account and clicking “Beneficiary Update” from the left menu. (If you don’t already have a Member Portal account, you can register here.)   You will be able to name beneficiaries to receive different types of death benefits depending on if you are active, in DROP, or retired. You can designate both a Primary and an Alternate beneficiary for your $2,000 Retiree Death Benefit and DROP Death Benefit. When you die, your Primary is first in line to collect the death benefit, while your Alternate receives the benefit only if the Primary is already deceased. For some death benefits, you can name multiple beneficiaries and designate a specific percentage of the benefit to each person. If you choose to do this, make sure your percentages add up to 100%. Lastly, you may also designate a trust to receive any death benefit that is not a continuance or an annuity. Learn More...

Upcoming Remote Board & Committee Meetings

Date: Jul 01, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS will be holding its regularly scheduled July Board and Committee meetings; however, all meetings will continue to be held remotely for the foreseeable future. This means the meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made the meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Audit, Disability, and/or Investment Committee meetings, please click the corresponding link below prior to the start time of the meeting. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  July 8th, 9:00 a.m. PST Audit Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94776103948  July 9th, 9:00 a.m. PST Disability Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97235033506  July 9th 12:30 p.m. PST Investment Committee meeting Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91784976674   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the Business & Governance Committee meeting on July 9th at 9:15 a.m. PST and the Board meeting on July 10th at 8:30 a.m. PST. To access the live stream, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the meeting you wish to attend. This will open a new tab with the agenda for that meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. Video recordings of the meetings will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for each meeting up to an hour before the meeting begins. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting. Learn More...

SDCERS' Call Center is Now Open, But Office Remains Closed

Date: Jun 01, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

Our Call Center is now open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. However, the Call Center is not currently staffed at full capacity, which is why it is only operating during limited hours. Therefore, please be patient as call waiting times may be longer than usual. To help decrease call volume, please submit non-urgent questions or concerns via our Contact Us page, which we continue to monitor and generally respond to within one business day.   The majority of SDCERS staff are still required to telecommute, and our offices remain closed to members and the public. We will continue to conduct retirement counseling appointments via phone, which we have been doing since the statewide shelter-in-place order began in late March. The phone counseling sessions have been well-received, and document signing takes place via email exchange. If you already have a retirement counseling appointment scheduled, you will be contacted in advance with details. If you have recently submitted your online application, you will be contacted soon to schedule your appointment.   If you are thinking about retiring soon, please review the fact sheets, FAQs, and videos on our website, which will help answer many of your questions in advance. Keep an eye out for retirement educational webinars, which are announced periodically via your work email. You can also estimate your future retirement benefit by using the Benefit Calculator on the Member Portal. If you have not already registered on our secure Member Portal, click on “Register” on the Member Portal page and follow the registration instructions.   Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment, you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment.  CITY RETIREE HEALTH REIMBURSEMENTS: City Retiree Health Reimbursement requests are being processed as usual. For fastest processing, submit your documents via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Do NOT use health@sandiego.gov, as this email no longer forwards to health@sdcers.org. Please ensure you have submitted complete documents – we continue to receive incomplete submissions, which cannot be processed and result in delayed reimbursements.  Note: if you are using an Apple product to send the email, in Mail, please select "Format" and click on "Make Plain Text" - we've received reports of emails not getting through our firewalls if this extra step isn't taken when using an Apple product. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101.   Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustment ("COLA") for Fiscal Year 2021

Date: May 20, 2020 Categories: COLA, News Articles, Press Release

At its May 8, 2020 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved the Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) that will be applied to eligible SDCERS retirees’ monthly benefit amount from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. You will receive a COLA for Fiscal Year 2021 if your retirement or DROP entry date is on or before June 30, 2020. As usual, two separate COLAs were approved and differ depending on the member’s retirement date, as follows:  Members whose retirement date is before July 1, 2020 will receive a COLA increase of 2.0%, and 0.3% will be added to their COLA banks (see below for more details).  The two members who are in the 1981 retirement plan will receive a COLA increase of 1.0%.   Per San Diego Municipal Code section 24.1505 and section 1301 of the Port and Airport Plans, the COLA is calculated every year based on the change in the cost of living between the two previous January firsts, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, United States – All items. This year, the change in cost of living between January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020 was 2.3%.   However, the maximum allowable increase in any given year is 2.0%. In years where the COLA is greater than the maximum 2.0% (such as this year), the excess will be added to what is called a “COLA bank.” A retiree’s COLA bank accumulates based on their fiscal year of retirement (or DROP entry), and each annual retiree group has its own COLA bank.   If you are eligible to receive a Fiscal Year 2021 COLA, the applicable increase will be reflected in your July 2020 pension check.   Learn More...

Special Board & Investment Committee Meetings

Date: May 15, 2020 Categories: Board, Investments, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS’ Investment Committee will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 18th beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST. SDCERS’ Board of Administration will also be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, May 20th at 8:30 a.m. PST. These meetings will be held remotely and Investment Committee and Board members will attend their respective meetings telephonically. The meeting room will be closed to the public and only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend these meetings, we have made these meetings available for the public to attend remotely. To attend the Investment Committee meeting, please click the following link at or around 9:00 a.m. PST on May 18th. You will have to download the Zoom application in order to attend.  May 18th Investment Committee meeting Zoom webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/94224022615   Once you are in the meeting, you can click the “View Options” bar at the top of the screen and then “Side-by-side mode” in order to see both the presenter’s screen and the webcams of Committee members and panelists.   SDCERS will also be live streaming the entirety of the Board meeting on May 20th. To access the live stream, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the 5/20/2020 Board of Administration meeting. This will open a new tab with the agenda for the May 20th meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. A video recording of the meeting will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   Please note that members of the public will not be able to speak during these meetings. If you would like to participate in either meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting and identify to which meeting your comment is directed. We will be accepting public comments for the Investment Committee meeting up until 8:30 a.m. on May 18th, and for the special Board meeting up until 8:00 a.m. on May 20th. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Investment Committee members or Board of Administration at the corresponding meeting.   Learn More...

SDCERS’ MAY BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY – ADVANCE PUBLIC COMMENT ACCEPTED IN WRITING

Date: May 01, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles

SDCERS’ Disability, Business & Governance, and Investment Committee meetings previously scheduled for May 7th have been canceled. However, SDCERS’ Board of Administration will be holding its regularly scheduled meeting on May 8th at 8:30 a.m. PST. This Board meeting will be held remotely due to the ban on gatherings, which means Board members will attend telephonically and the meeting room will be closed to the public. Only SDCERS staff whose presence is necessary to run the meeting will be onsite.   Although the public will be unable to physically attend this meeting, SDCERS will be live streaming the entirety of the meeting so that you may attend remotely. To access the live stream, go to our Board Meeting Agendas page before the meeting starts and click on the “Agenda” link corresponding to the 5/8/2020 Board of Administration meeting. This will open a new tab with the agenda for the May 8th meeting, which includes an embedded video player that will automatically begin the live stream once the meeting starts. A video recording of the meeting will also be available on this same page the week following the meeting, as well as on our YouTube page.   If you would like to participate in this meeting, please use our Contact Us page to submit public comment in advance of the meeting. We will be accepting public comments up until the meeting starts on May 8th at 8:30 a.m. PST. Any appropriate messages timely received will be read aloud for the record and/or distributed to the Board of Administration at the meeting. Learn More...

SDCERS is Virtually Open - Here's How to Reach Us

Date: Apr 16, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most SDCERS staff members are telecommuting, and we are unable to answer phone calls via our Call Center. We have adapted and created a new process, so rest assured that we will take care of you. Please submit questions and death notifications via our Contact Us page.  RETIRED MEMBERS: We want to reassure you that pension benefits will continue to be paid on time – your benefit to be deposited into your account on the last business day of each month.  CITY RETIREE HEALTH REIMBURSEMENTS: City Retiree Health Reimbursement requests are being processed as usual. For fastest processing, submit your documents via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Do NOT use health@sandiego.gov, as this email no longer forwards to health@sdcers.org.  Note: if you are using an Apple product to send the email, in Mail, please select "Format" and click on "Make Plain Text" - we've received reports of emails not getting through our firewalls if this extra step isn't taken when using an Apple product. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101.  As a reminder to all, our physical office downtown is currently closed to our members, so you may not drop off any paperwork in person or meet with SDCERS staff. NON-RETIRED MEMBERS: If you already have a retirement counseling appointment scheduled, please assume it will be held via phone on the scheduled date and time. You will be contacted in advance with details. If you have recently submitted your online application, you will be contacted soon to schedule your appointment.   If you are thinking about retiring soon, please review the fact sheets, FAQs, and videos on our website, which will help answer many of your questions in advance. You can also estimate your future retirement benefit by using the Benefit Calculator on the Member Portal. If you have not already registered on our secure Member Portal, click on “Register” on the Member Portal page and follow the registration instructions.   Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment, you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment. Learn More...

"I want to retire/enter DROP now please!"

Date: Mar 26, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release, Retirement Resources

If this is you, we are glad that you’re ready to retire or enter DROP. However, there are a few things we want you to know right now:Before the coronavirus outbreak, our retirement counselors were booked two months in advance and our Call Center received more than 100 requests each day.Retirement appointments are now conducted via phone, and documentation is shared via email.Most of our staff is telecommuting and SDCERS' downtown office is closed to members and the public. If you want to retire now, you must submit your application online via the secure Member Portal.If you need assistance with your Member Portal account, send a message through our Contact Us page.This electronic application is not final – you will be able to make changes during your phone appointment before you sign and submit. If you want to enter DROP immediately and already had an appointment scheduled, you will be contacted.If you are just thinking about entering DROP or retiring soon and have questions, please utilize the resources on our website.We have several fact sheets as well as FAQs that will answer all of your general questions.City employees may register to attend one of our upcoming webinars. We hold at least three webinars or seminars per month. The April and May webinars are currently full, but we will be announcing additional webinars in the coming weeks.   For specific questions about your retirement account, please send us a message through our Contact Us page SDCERS cannot provide personalized benefit estimates on request – please use the Benefit Estimate Calculator tool in your Member Portal account for this.   Learn More...

MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Date: Mar 24, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

RETIRED MEMBERS: We want to reassure you that pension benefits will continue to be paid on time – you can expect your benefit to be deposited into your account on the last business day of each month. We are still processing health reimbursement requests as usual. However, due to most employees telecommuting at present, your request will likely be processed faster if you can send in the paperwork via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Note: if you are using an Apple product to send the email, in Mail, please select "Format" and click on "Make Plain Text" - we've received reports of emails not getting through our firewalls if this extra step isn't taken when using an Apple product. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101.NON-RETIRED MEMBERS: Please be advised SDCERS is currently experiencing a flood of requests for retirement counseling appointments. On top of this, we are having to reschedule many current appointments and prioritize those that are most urgent. If you are thinking about retiring soon, please review the fact sheets and FAQson our website, which may help answer many of your questions in advance. You can also utilize our Benefit Estimate Calculator by logging in to your Member Portal account. Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment, you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment. Those who have a counseling appointment already scheduled, as well as those who have recently requested an appointment, will be contacted by SDCERS staff sometime in the coming weeks. Please bear with us as we are understaffed and overwhelmed with requests for appointments. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this uncertain and confusing time.  As a reminder to all, our offices are currently closed, so you may not drop off any paperwork in person or meet with SDCERS staff. Additionally, our Call Center is closed, which means no one is available to answer our main line. Instead, please submit all inquiries through our Contact Us page and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible. Learn More...

UPDATE: SDCERS Is Temporarily Closed, March Pension Benefits WILL Be Paid On Time

Date: Mar 20, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

ATTENTION (updated as of 3/20/2020): Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain operational. However, effective today due to the statewide shelter in place order, our offices are closed until further notice. This means that all retirement counseling appointments scheduled over the next week will be rescheduled. Please note that March pension benefits will be paid on time.   You must send any paperwork (such as health reimbursement requests, for example) via email or U.S. mail. For the foreseeable future, you will not be able to drop off any paperwork at the office. Health-related paperwork can be emailed to health@sdcers.org or faxed to 858-581-5314. All documents can be mailed to our offices at 401 West A Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101. Please note that any paperwork that is faxed or sent via U.S. mail will not be processed until SDCERS' offices reopen.    The March 23rd DROP Entry Seminar is still expected to be held as an online webinar that can be attended remotely by anyone who has a computer and internet access. Those who are registered for this seminar should have received an email with further details and instructions for attending this online webinar. If you did not receive this email and believe that you should have, please email Communications Manager Jessica Maloney at maloneyj@sdcers.org.   To reiterate, there are no SDCERS staff members working at the office until further notice. This means no one is available to answer the main phone lines. Instead of calling, please use the Contact Us page on our website to submit inquiries electronically.   Please continue to take all precautions to stay healthy and remain at home whenever possible. Learn More...

SDCERS' 2nd Updated Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Date: Mar 19, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

ATTENTION (updated as of 3/19/2020): Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain operational. However, effective today, our offices are closed to non-SDCERS staff members. This means that all retirement counseling appointments will either take place over the phone or be postponed until a later date. Those who have upcoming appointments will be contacted by an SDCERS staff member to discuss how you’d like to proceed.   You must send any paperwork (such as health reimbursement requests, for example) via email or U.S. mail. For the foreseeable future, you will not be able to drop off any paperwork at the office. Health-related paperwork can be emailed to health@sdcers.org or faxed to 858-581-5314. All documents can be mailed to our offices at 401 West A Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101.   Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be held as online webinars that can be accessed remotely. Those who are registered for the March 23rd DROP Entry Seminar should have received an email with further details and instructions for attending this online webinar. If you did not receive this email and believe that you should have, please email Communications Manager Jessica Maloney at maloneyj@sdcers.org.   As always, if you have a retirement-related emergency, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. Please be advised our Call Center is extremely understaffed for the time being and call waiting times may be longer than usual. For any non-emergencies, please use the Contact Us page on our website to submit inquiries electronically.   Please continue to take all precautions to stay healthy. Learn More...

SDCERS' Updated Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Date: Mar 17, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

ATTENTION (updated as of 3/17/2020): Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain operational. However, we will be discontinuing in-office visits. This means that all retirement counseling appointments will either take place over the phone or be postponed until a later date. Those who have upcoming appointments will be contacted by an SDCERS staff member to discuss how you’d like to proceed.   We also ask that you send any paperwork (such as health reimbursement requests, for example) via email. If you do not have access to email, you may mail in your documents or, if absolutely necessary, you can drop the paperwork off at the office. However, no staff members will be available to meet with any visitors to the office in person. Health-related paperwork can be emailed to health@sdcers.org - please attach any documents as PDF's only, as our firewalls will block any emails with non-PDF attachments. If you have other documents to send in, please inquire via the Contact Us page on our website and someone will contact you about where to send your paperwork.     Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be held as online webinars that can be accessed remotely. Those who are registered for the March 23rd DROP Entry Seminar will be receiving an email with further details and instructions for attending this online webinar.   As always, if you have a retirement-related emergency, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. Please be advised our Call Center is extremely understaffed for the time being and call times may be longer than usual. For any non-emergencies, please use the Contact Us page on our website to submit inquiries electronically.   Please continue to take all precautions to stay healthy. Learn More...

SDCERS' Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Date: Mar 16, 2020 Categories: Events, News Articles, Press Release

ATTENTION: Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain open for business. This means that if you have an appointment with one of our retirement counselors, you are under the age of 65,and you are healthy, please come in on your scheduled date and time unless you have been contacted by an SDCERS representative and told otherwise. However, if you are coughing, sneezing, achy, feverish, or having difficulty breathing, please postpone your visit to SDCERS until you are healthy again. If you have a retirement-related emergency or if you’d like to reschedule your appointment, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. You may also reach us through our website's contact us submission form, here. We have a number of staff members out of the office for the foreseeable future, so if you have a non-emergency, please use our online contact us form rather than calling the Call Center in order to keep our call waiting times down at a reasonable level.   Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be turned into webinars that can be accessed remotely as long as you have computer and internet access. Those who are registered for the March 17th and March 23rd seminars will be receiving an email with further details and instructions for attending these webinars.   We at SDCERS consider the health and safety of our staff and members a top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus and are committed to being responsive as the situation evolves. In addition to following the guidelines set by the state, county, and city, SDCERS has taken the following steps towards keeping our offices a safe place for staff and members to visit:We have encouraged anyone on our staff who is feeling ill to stay home;We are encouraging members to reschedule their appointments it they are feeling ill;Our building always follows all OSHA guidelines for sterilization and cleanliness;We have taken extra steps to educate our staff on the importance of hand washing and breaking habits like touching our face, nose, and eyes; andWe are wiping down keyboards, counters, and office areas frequently throughout the day.Please take all precautions to stay healthy! Learn More...

What Can You Do With Your DROP Account?

Date: Feb 07, 2020 Categories: DROP, News Articles

If you are eligible to participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (“DROP”), you have the chance to build up a sizeable nest egg during your participation period. (See the DROP Fact Sheet for more information.) When you’re ready to exit DROP and fully retire, you’ll have to decide what you want to do with that nest egg. Here are your options:Receive the funds as a lump sum paymentRollover the funds to a qualified planAnnuitize the funds (over 20 years or life expectancy)CombinationPlease read the full article for an explanation of each option. However you decide to receive your DROP account, just make sure it’s the right choice for your financial circumstances. It doesn’t matter what anyone else does – just do what makes sense for you and your future!   Learn More...

Member Portal & Systems Restored!

Date: Feb 06, 2020 Categories: Member Portal, News Articles, Press Release

UPDATE: The Member Portal and IRIS are both back up and running as of approximately 3:00 p.m. today! You should now be able to log in to your Member Portal account. Please call SDCERS at (619) 525-3600 if you experience further difficulty or if you have any other questions regarding your SDCERS account. Thank you for your patience while we experienced technical difficulties.  ​ATTENTION: The SDCERS Member Portal is currently unavailable due to unexpected network connectivity issues. This means you will be unable to access your Member Portal account until these issues are resolved. SDCERS staff is working around the clock with our external IT vendor to fix the problem as quickly as possible. We will update this article as soon as the Member Portal is back online.   Additionally, our internal information system, IRIS, which we use to store and access member data and accounts, is also down due to the same connectivity issues. Therefore, you are welcome to contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600, but staff will not be able to access your specific account information and will be unable to immediately answer most questions until IRIS is back up and running. In the meantime, we are happy to take a message and a staff member will contact you as soon as our systems are restored.   We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience – we know many of our members rely on access to their Member Portal account and have time-sensitive issues that need to be addressed quickly and efficiently. Please know that customer service is one of SDCERS’ core values and we are doing everything we can to restore the Member Portal and our internal systems as expeditiously as possible. We will update this article periodically as we find out more information. Learn More...

SDCERS Becomes a Data Privacy Day Champion

Date: Jan 28, 2020 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

January 28th is "Data Privacy Day," the annual international effort by hundreds of organizations and individuals who collaborate to generate awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. SDCERS has announced its commitment to Data Privacy Day by signing up as a Data Privacy Day 2020 Champion.  As a Champion, SDCERS recognizes and supports the principle that all organizations share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information.   Data Privacy Day is part of a greater campaign that promotes awareness of the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information, and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business. This year, we are encouraging everyone to “Own Your Privacy” by learning more about how to help protect the valuable data that is online. One simple thing you can do is to update your privacy settings on your electronic devices. SDCERS is dedicated to safeguarding your personal information.  We also understand the importance of being transparent and are committed to letting you know how we use, collect, and store personal information.  Learn more about SDCERS’ Privacy Policy at https://www.sdcers.org/About-SDCERS/Privacy-Policy.aspx. Read the full article to learn more about Data Privacy Day and SDCERS' efforts to protect your privacy.   Learn More...

2019 1099-R Tax Forms

Date: Jan 22, 2020 Categories: 1099R, Member Portal, News Articles

IRS Form 1099-R’s were mailed on January 13th from our vendor based in Chicago. This means all SDCERS retirees and beneficiaries who received a payment from SDCERS in 2019 should be receiving their 2019 1099-R forms via U.S. mail over the next couple of weeks. To access your 1099-R form sooner, please log in to your Member Portal account, click on “1099R and W2” on the left, and select “2019 1099R” to download an electronic copy. You can also update your tax withholding preferences on your Member Portal by clicking on “Tax Withholding.” This guide explains how to update your tax withholding preferences.   For a detailed explanation of the pertinent information in your 1099-R, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding this tax form, please review our 1099-R Fact Sheet. If you have additional questions, please contact the Call Center at (619) 525-3600 or submit your questions electronically via our Contact Us web form. Learn More...

Welcome Lana Radchenko to SDCERS' Audit Committee!

Date: Jan 13, 2020 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

At its January 10, 2020 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration unanimously appointed Lana Radchenko as the newest Independent Non-Board Member of SDCERS’ Audit Committee.Lana Radchenko, Independent Non-Board Member of SDCERS’ Audit Committee. Ms. Radchenko is President of Rad On Point Consulting LLC, which focuses on helping businesses make better decisions by mitigating risks with improved controls, processes, and systems. Ms. Radchenko previously worked for Sempra Energy from 2004 to 2019 in several management positions, including corporate compliance, audit services, information technology, supply management, business controls, and accounting research. Prior to that, she spent 19 years in public practice with Deloitte & Touche and Resources Global Professionals. Ms. Radchenko holds designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.   SDCERS is extremely lucky to add Ms. Radchenko to our Audit Committee and we know we will benefit greatly from her expertise. Please join us in welcoming our newest member of the Audit Committee! Learn More...

Active Member Death Benefits and the Importance of Keeping Your Beneficiary Designations Updated

Date: Dec 11, 2019 Categories: News Articles, Pension

When was the last time you thought about your SDCERS beneficiary designations? Over a year ago? Five years? The day you enrolled in SDCERS? Maybe never? Beneficiary designations may seem like a chore you can put off or do once and forget about, but the truth is you should review your beneficiary designations at least once a year to make sure they reflect your current circumstances. For example, beneficiary designations probably aren’t the first thing on your mind when you get married or divorced, have a child, or lose a loved one, but these are all defining life events that may affect who you want to receive your pension benefits when you die. Active Members (meaning those who are actively employed by the City, Port,* or Airport and contributing to SDCERS, but are not in DROP) are eligible to leave one of three types of death benefits if they die before retiring or entering DROP, and the eligibility requirements are very specific for two of the three types. Importantly, if you die without having designated your surviving spouse as your sole pre-retirement death benefit beneficiary, then your surviving spouse will not be eligible to receive the lifetime Death While Eligible or Industrial Death Benefit, even if all other eligibility requirements are satisfied. This article contains a summary of the death benefits provided to Active Members, but please review the Death Benefits Fact Sheet for more in-depth information. *General Port employees hired or rehired on or after January 1, 2009 must complete five consecutive years of Port employment after each hire or rehire date before they become Members of SDCERS and are eligible to leave a death benefit. Learn More...

DROP Interest Rates for 2020

Date: Nov 08, 2019 Categories: DROP, News Articles, Press Release

On November 8, SDCERS’ Board of Administration voted to approve new DROP account and DROP annuity interest rates, which will be effective January 1, 2020. The rates are calculated annually using publicly available indexes as of September 30 of each year.   Therefore, effective January 1, 2020, the DROP account interest rate (compounded quarterly) will be reduced to 2.5%, compared to the current rate of 2.7%. This interest rate will be applied to active DROP participants’ accounts. This rate is subject to change annually, which means a DROP participant’s account may receive a different interest rate every year during their participation period, depending on the Board’s actions.   Also beginning January 1, 2020, the DROP annuity interest rate will be increased to 3.1%, compared to the current rate of 3.0%. This interest rate will be applied to the funds remaining in a DROP retiree’s account if the retiree chooses to annuitize their DROP account, and it will be factored into the calculation of their monthly annuity. Unlike the DROP account interest rate, the DROP annuity rate will not change for an individual member – the rate that is in effect when a member exits DROP is the rate that will be applied to their annuity, regardless of whether or not the DROP annuity rate changes in future years. Therefore, if you are close to the end of your five-year DROP participation period, your decision to exit DROP before or after the New Year may be affected by the Board’s decision to increase or decrease the DROP annuity interest rate. Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves Annual Supplemental Benefit and Corbett Settlement Increase for 2019

At its November 8, 2019 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved payment of the Annual Supplemental Benefit, also known as the “13th Check,” and the Corbett Settlement Increase (“Corbett benefit”) for eligible retirees and continuance beneficiaries. The Supplemental Benefit is paid in years when the fund’s investment earnings are sufficient to qualify, according to a set formula defined in the plan documents, and the Corbett benefit is paid in years that the Supplemental Benefit is paid. If you are eligible for one or both of these benefits, payment will be included in your November 2019 monthly pension benefit.   The eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Benefit and Corbett settlement benefits are described in our FAQsunder “Annual Supplemental Benefit ("13th Check"), Corbett, COLA, COL Annuity.” Here, you will also find a description of how these benefits are calculated.Click "Read More" to view the full article. Learn More...

SDCERS' IT Department Receives 2019 MISAC Quality IT Practices Award

Date: Nov 05, 2019 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS is proud to announce it has received the Municipal Information System Association of California (MISAC) Quality Information Technology Practices Award for the second year in a row. MISAC is a collaborative organization of California local government IT professionals with the goal of promoting leadership, information sharing, and access to resources to enhance local government services and effectiveness. Membership includes cities, towns, public safety, special districts, and other local governmental agencies/districts.    Receiving MISAC Quality IT Practices Award is an honor and tribute to the dedication and performance of SDCERS’ IT staff and contractors.Click here to read the full article and learn more about this award.   Learn More...

SDCERS Receives the 2019 Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration

Date: Oct 21, 2019 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

For the second year in a row, SDCERS has been awarded the Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration. The Public Pension Coordinating Council grants this award, which recognizes SDCERS for meeting professional standards for plan funding and administration as set forth in the Public Pension Standards.​Click "Read More" for more information about this award. Learn More...

SDCERS' 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Oct 18, 2019 Categories: Events, News Articles

This year's Annual Membership Meeting took place on October 18th. If you missed it, you can download a copy of the presentation here. The theme of the meeting was "Keeping Our Promises, So You Can Keep Yours," and the presenters did a great job of explaining what SDCERS' promises to its members are and how we plan to keep them. Here is a short synopsis of this year's presentations:Liza Crisafi, Chief Investment Officer; Anders Norrman, Senior Investment Officer; and Jamie Hamrick, Senior Investment Officer, provided a summary of SDCERS' investment performance in fiscal year 2019.Marcelle Voorhies Rossman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, explained how SDCERS protects its members' privacy and also how SDCERS funds the City, Port, and Airport's pension benefits.Gregg Rademacher, Chief Executive Officer, talked about SDCERS' core values and how these values are incorporated into SDCERS' "Retirement Promise."Cynthia Queen, Member Services Director, gave a brief overview of the Member Portal and why all of our members should have a Member Portal account. We'd like to thank the attendees at this year's meeting for being a wonderful, engaging audience. The meeting was video recorded and the video will be added to our YouTube channel as soon as it is available. We hope to see you all at next year's meeting!   Learn More...

SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting - You're Invited!

Date: Oct 16, 2019 Categories: Events, News Articles

All Members are invited to attend SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting, this Friday, October 18th, from 11:00 - noon at Balboa Park Club Ballroom. Presenters include Liza Crisafi, SDCERS' Chief Investment Officer, and other members of the Investments Team; Marcelle Voorhies Rossman, Deputy CEO; Gregg Rademacher, CEO; and Cynthia Queen, Member Services Director. We hope to see you there! (If you can't make it this year, don't worry - the meeting will be video recorded and posted to our Youtube channel next week.)   Learn More...

Meet Your SDCERS Call Center Representatives!

Date: Sep 27, 2019 Categories: News Articles

If you’ve ever called SDCERS, odds are you’ve spoken to one of our Call Center representatives. These are the people who spend all day, every day answering Members’ questions and trying to fix their problems. As anyone in customer service will likely tell you, it can sometimes be a thankless job. However, our Call Center representatives are lucky to have kind and patient Members, and our Members are equally lucky to have such passionate and caring people on the other end of the phone. At some point, almost all of our Members will talk to someone in the Call Center, so we thought you might like to know a little more about the ladies you’ll be talking to and maybe even put a face to the name of your representative. Click "Read More" below to view the full article and see individual bios for each of our Call Center staff members!From Left to Right: Sarema Valenzuela, Catherine Ayala, Andrea Valdes, Selene Rodriguez, and Victoria Fedalizo. Learn More...

SDCERS' Final Investment Return for Fiscal Year 2019

Date: Sep 20, 2019 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

At the September Board meeting, SDCERS’ Investments Team reported a final return of 7% (net of fees) for Fiscal Year 2019. As of June 30, 2019, the trust fund’s assets totaled $8.4 billion, reflecting a net increase of $370 million over the past year. SDCERS’ average rate of return over the past 20 years is 7.3%, and since its inception is 8.9%.   There are a few ways to measure an investment portfolio’s performance – after all, 7% is great if the market averaged only a 3% return for example, but 7% isn’t so good if the market averaged 10-15%. One way we measure our performance is by comparing our actual rate of return to the actuarial rate of return, which is the expected earnings rate determined by SDCERS’ actuary and used to calculate things like contribution rates. We are happy to report that our 7% return beat our actuarial rate of return of 6.5%, which indicates SDCERS is maintaining its long-term investment strategy to ensure the continued payment of promised pension benefits to its members.   Another way to measure performance is by comparing our returns to a market benchmark, which is basically how the market did if its asset allocations were invested proportionate to SDCERS’ portfolio. Unfortunately, we did not beat our market benchmark of 7.6%; this is primarily due to relative underperformance from our private equity investments. (See full article for more details.) Learn More...

SDCERS' Board Appoints New Vice President and Committee Chairs

Date: Sep 13, 2019 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

At the September 13th Board meeting, Board President Carol Broad appointed Carina Coleman to the position of Vice President. The appointment was unanimously approved by the remaining members of the Board who were present. The Vice President’s duties include acting as the Board President whenever the Board President is absent or otherwise unable to fulfill their duties, and temporarily assuming the role of Board President until an election can be scheduled in the event the current Board President’s seat becomes vacant. Ms. Coleman was additionally appointed to be the new Chair of the Investment Committee, a seat previously occupied by Board President Carol Broad.From Left to Right: Charlie Hogquist, Carina Coleman, Carol Broad, and Thanasi Preovolos The Audit Committee reappointed Roberta Spoon as its Chair, and the current Chairs of the Business and Governance Committee and Disability Committee will remain the same as well: Thanasi Preovolos and Charles Hogquist, respectively. Please join us in congratulating our new Vice President and Committee Chairs! You can watch the September 13th Board meeting by going to Board Meeting Agendas and clicking on “View Media” next to the September 13, 2019 Board of Aministration Meeting line item.   Learn More...

Annual Member Statements

Date: Aug 16, 2019 Categories: Member Portal, News Articles

Non-retired SDCERS Members will be receiving their Annual Statement of Benefits in the mail over the next several days. This statement contains detailed account information for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, which means the information is current as of July 1, 2019. The purpose of this Annual Statement of Benefits is (1) to ensure that your beneficiary designations are updated, and (2) to keep you informed of the details of your SDCERS retirement account.Please review the information on your statement carefully and contact SDCERS if you need to update your information or if you believe there is an error in your statement. A video detailing the contents of your statement is available here. If you have questions about your Annual Statement of Benefits, please visit your Payroll Specialist or call the SDCERS Call Center at 619-525-3600. And remember, your most up-to-date account information is always available on the SDCERS Member Portal. Learn More...

SDCERS' Board Welcomes Two New Members, and Carina Coleman Reappointed for Second Term

Date: Aug 05, 2019 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s appointment of two new Board Members: Clifford Schireson and Paul Kaufmann. The City Council also approved the reappointment of veteran Board Member Carina Coleman.Carina Coleman and Paul Kaufmann being sworn in at the Office of the City Clerk. We are thrilled to welcome our new Board Members, and also to have Carina Coleman back for a second term! You can see all three at our next Board meeting on September 13th at 8:30 a.m. in our Board room. If you can’t attend in person, you can tune in to the live broadcast by clicking on “Board Meeting Agendas”, following the link to the online agendas, and clicking on “Live Media” in the Board of Administration line when the meeting starts. Please read the full article for more information about these three Board Members. Learn More...

SDCERS Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Financial Officers Association (“GFOA”) has awarded SDCERS the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for SDCERS’ 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (“CAFR”) and Popular Annual Financial Report (“PAFR”). This is the 11th year in a row SDCERS has received this recognition! The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 15,000 government finance professionals. SDCERS’ CAFR and PAFR were judged by an impartial panel and deemed to have met the high standards of the certificate program, including demonstrating an effective means to disclose and clearly communicate SDCERS’ financial story and to motivate Members and the public to read the CAFR and PAFR.  This award it the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental agency and its management. SDCERS’ award-winning CAFR and PAFR are available online and can be viewed here. Learn More...

New SDCERS Board President

Date: Jul 12, 2019 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

After former Board President Val Hoy maxed out his term limit, the Board established a Nomination Committee at its May meeting to nominate a fellow Board Member for the vacant position. Today, the Nomination Committee unanimously recommended Carol Broad be elected as the new Board President, and the Board unanimously approved this recommendation. Carol has served as the Board’s Vice President since July 13, 2018 and she has acted as the interim Board President since Val Hoy vacated the office. Carol is also the Chair of the Investment Committee and has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, particularly in providing investment advice to major public and corporate pension funds. For more information about Carol’s professional background. Learn More...

New Member Contribution Rates For FY 2020

Date: Jul 01, 2019 Categories: Actuarial Valuations, Contribution Rates, News Articles

IMPORTANT: These changes only apply to (1) City of San Diego Members and (2) Port Safety Members who were hired after January 1, 2013.   New Member contribution rates went into effect on July 1, 2019 for all City of San Diego Members, and for Port Safety Members hired after January 1, 2013. If you fall into one of these categories, you can view your new contribution rates by going to “Retirement Plan Summaries” and clicking on your employer and date of hire. Most Members will only notice a minor adjustment on their first July paycheck. These Member contributions are the mandatory pre-tax deductions on a Member’s biweekly paycheck that are deposited into the SDCERS Trust Fund, where they earn interest and eventually fund each Member’s individual pension. Contributions are calculated as a percentage of the Member’s pensionable salary. The percentage is determined according to the Member’s plan tier and age of entry into SDCERS. Contribution rates are adjusted by SDCERS’ Board as needed, based on actuarial assumptions and calculations provided by SDCERS’ actuary.   Learn More...

Important Reciprocity Update

Date: Jun 24, 2019 Categories: News Articles, Reciprocity

SDCERS administers the pension plans for three plan sponsors - the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Your ability to establish reciprocity depends on which plan sponsor you intend to work for, so please review this information carefully. If you are currently working at a California government agency that participates in reciprocity, and you are considering employment with the Port or Airport, you can apply to establish reciprocity. If you are currently working at a California government agency that participates in reciprocity, and you are considering employment with the City of San Diego, please note that only sworn police officers may join the City of San Diego’s pension plan. The City’s pension plan was closed on July 20, 2012, following the passage of City Proposition B, to all new hires except sworn police officers. Learn More...

Fiscal Year 2020 COLA & City Retiree Health Open Enrollment Help Day

Date: Jun 05, 2019 Categories: Board, COLA, News Articles, Open Enrollment, Press Release

At its May 10, 2019 meeting, the Board approved two Cost of Living Adjustments (“COLA”) that will be applied to eligible retirees’ monthly benefit from July 2019 – June 2020. Members whose retirement date is before July 1, 2018 will receive a COLA increase of 2.0%. Members whose retirement date is between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 will receive a COLA increase of 1.9%.  Also, 2019-2020 Health Open Enrollment for eligible City Retirees will run from June 3 – 28, 2019. This year’s Health Open Enrollment Help Day is Friday, June 14 at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. There will be no formal presentations, but SDCERS staff and representatives from sponsored health plans will be available to answer questions from 10:00 a.m. – noon. You may also submit your enrollment forms directly to SDCERS staff at this event. Click here for more information Learn More...

SDCERS' Board Votes to Set Minimum Pension Payments

Date: Jan 17, 2019 Categories: Actuarial Valuations, Board, News Articles, Pension, Press Release

At the January meeting, SDCERS' Board of Administration took another important step toward pension stability by voting to set minimum annual pension payments of the Unfunded Actuarial Liability (UAL) for the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego. This minimum payment is also referred to as a "floor," meaning even if the required annual payment is less than the "floor," that minimum amount must be paid each year. The UAL floor payment for the City was set at $275.5 million and $13.3 million for the Port. This is based on the June 30, 2018 actuarial valuations which set the payment amount for the fiscal 2020 payment to the retirement system. The new policy increases benefit security and helps the pension fund reach full funding by 2037, several years earlier than anticipated. The Board also voted to prospectively limit the long-term impacts of changes to the assumed rate of return (discount rate), retirement rates, and life expectancy assumptions, to a 20-year period from the previous 30-year period. A video of the Board discussion and vote is available here.   Learn More...

DROP Interest Crediting Rate Change for 2019

Date: Nov 09, 2018 Categories: Board, DROP, News Articles

At its November 9, 2018 meeting, the SDCERS' Board of Administration approved staff's recommendation to change the DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) interest rates for the DROP Participation Accounts and DROP Annuities, effective January 1, 2019. The interest rate for DROP Participation Accounts was increased to 2.7 percent. DROP Participation Accounts are the accounts that Active DROP members (those still working) contribute to during their five-year-maximum participation period. The current rate is 2.0 percent, through December 2018. The interest rate for a new DROP Annuity was increased to 3.0 percent. A DROP Annuity is a payment option available to DROP participants when they retire from DROP. Under this payment option, retirees receive a monthly DROP payment (annuity) in addition to their monthly retirement benefit (pension). The current rate is 2.8 percent for anyone who enters into a DROP Annuity through December 2018. Important: This has no effect on retirees who have already entered into a DROP Annuity. The DROP Annuity rate is permanent once the annuity disbursement begins.   Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves 13th Check and Corbett Benefits for 2018

At its November 9, 2018 meeting, the SDCERS' Board of Administration approved the payment of the "13th Check" supplemental benefit and the Corbett settlement benefit for eligible retirees. Eligible retirees will receive the payment as part of their November 2018 monthly retirement benefit. The "13th Check" and Corbett settlement benefits are paid in years when the realized investment earnings of the fund are sufficient to pay them.   Learn More...

MISAC Quality in IT Practices Award

Date: Oct 31, 2018 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS is proud to announce it received the Municipal Information System Association of California (MISAC) Quality in IT Practices Award. MISAC is a collaborative organization of California local government IT professionals with the goal of promoting leadership, information sharing, and access to resources to enhance local government services and effectiveness. Membership includes cities, towns, public safety, special districts and other local governmental agencies/districts. Learn More...

SDCERS Recognized for Achieving Pension Standards

Date: Oct 08, 2018 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

The Public Pension Coordinating Council awarded the 2018 Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration to SDCERS. The award recognizes SDCERS for meeting professional standards for plan funding and administration as set forth in the Public Pension Standards. The Public Pension Coordinating Council is a confederation of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA), the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS), and the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR). Learn More...

California Supreme Court Rules on Challenge to Proposition B

Date: Aug 02, 2018 Categories: News Articles, Pension, Press Release, Proposition B

On August 2, 2018, the California Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeal's decision regarding Proposition B. The Supreme Court found that a violation of meet and confer labor laws occurred in connection with the passage of Proposition B and sent the case back to the Court of Appeal to address the appropriate remedy for the violation. The Supreme Court's decision does not require any immediate action by SDCERS. Although SDCERS is not a party to these legal proceedings, SDCERS will continue to monitor these legal proceedings and will update this website and its members when it receives additional information. Represented City of San Diego employees should contact their labor union for additional information and unrepresented City employees should contact City Human Resources.   Learn More...

SDCERS Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Acheivement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System (SDCERS) for both its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). This is the tenth consecutive year SDCERS has received this recognition. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental agency and its management. The CAFR and PAFR have been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating an effective means to disclose and clearly communicate SDCERS' financial story and to motivate members and the public to read the CAFR and PAFR. SDCERS' award-winning CAFR and PAFR are available online and copies of previous award-winners can be viewed here. The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 15,000 government finance professionals.   Learn More...

City Retiree Health Open Enrollment

Date: May 15, 2018 Categories: Health, News Articles, Open Enrollment

Health Open Enrollment ran from June 4 to June 29, 2018. Booklets containing rates and additional information were mailed. You can access an electronic copy here and the comparison charts.New for 2018: Health Net was replaced by Cigna and SCAN Health Plan.The Open Enrollment kick-off event was Wednesday, May 30. The event featured formal presentations by Kaiser, Cigna, SCAN Health Plan, Sharp and CareCounsel. Annual Help Day was held Friday, June 22, from 10a.m. to noon at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom.CareCounsel is there to help! CareCounsel Member Care Specialists are available for your healthcare inquiries and concerns. You can call them at (888) 227-3334 or e-mail staff@carecounsel.com Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. Click here for additional information. Learn More...

Hoy Reelected Board President

Date: May 11, 2018 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS' Board of Administration reelected Valentine Hoy to serve as Board President for a second one-year term at its May 11, 2018 meeting. Prior to serving as Board President, Hoy served as the Board's Vice President and as the Board's Business and Governance Committee Chair. Appointed by Mayor Sanders in 2011, Hoy has practiced law in San Diego since 1985. He is a litigation partner in the San Diego office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP. He previously served as a trustee and board president of the San Diego Museum of Man. SDCERS administers defined benefit plans for the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and provides service retirement, disability retirement, death and survivor benefits to more than 20,800 members. Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Approved by SDCERS Board of Administration

Date: May 11, 2018 Categories: Board, COLA, News Articles, Press Release

A Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) was approved by the SDCERS' Board of Administration at its May 11, 2018 meeting. The COLA will be applied to the retirement benefits of eligible SDCERS retirees effective July 1, 2018. Two separate COLAs were approved and differ depending on when the eligible member retired:-Eligible retirees who retired before July 1, 2018 will receive a COLA increase of 2.0% -Eligible retirees who are in the 1981 retirement plan will receive a COLA increase of 1.4%   Learn More...

1099Rs Mailed to Eligible Payees - Frequently Asked Questions

Date: Feb 02, 2018 Categories: 1099R, News Articles

IRS Form 1099-R’s were mailed to payees by January 30, 2018 and are now available on the Member Portal. Click here for additional information to assist in understanding the tax forms you received. If you have additional questions, please submit your questions via the Contact Us link located in the upper left of this page. Learn More...

SDCERS Names Gregg Rademacher as New Chief Executive Officer

Date: Jan 12, 2018 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

Gregg Rademacher has been selected to serve as the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System's next Chief Executive Officer, taking over for Mark Hovey, who retired this month after eight years at the helm of the public employees pension system. SDCERS manages approximately $8 billion in assets for the benefit of over 20,000 active and retired employees of the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Mr. Rademacher served for the last 20 years as an officer of the Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association, including 11 years as the Chief Executive Officer of that pension system. With over $53 billion in assets, LACERA, as it is known, is one of the largest public employee pension systems in California. For additional information, please click here. Learn More...

Annual Health Allowance Reminder

Date: Dec 15, 2017 Categories: Health, News Articles

Reminder for Annual Health Allowance: effective July 1, 2017, your healthcare allowance is being applied on an annual basis, to comply with San Diego Municipal Code requirements. This means that SDCERS will no longer divide your annual allowance into 12 payments; rather your entire annual allowance will be available to you each July 1, as explained in the 2017 Open Enrollment materials on pages 9 and 12. You can read additional information here.   Learn More...

DROP Interest Crediting Rate Change for 2018

Date: Nov 03, 2017 Categories: Board, DROP, News Articles

At its November 3, 2017 meeting, the SDCERS' Board of Administration approved staff's recommendation to change the DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) interest rates for the DROP Participation Accounts and DROP Annuities, effective January 1, 2018. Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves 13th Check and Corbett Benefits for 2017

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration approved the payment of the “13th Check” supplemental benefit and the Corbett settlement benefit for eligible retirees. Eligible retirees will receive the payment as part of their November 2017 monthly retirement benefit.   Learn More...

Annual Membership Meeting Presentation

Date: Oct 23, 2017 Categories: Events, News Articles, Press Release

Nearly 100 active and retired members attended the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting on October 20 to get an update on pension news, investments, and benefits from executive staff. If you were unable to attend, you're encouraged to view the presentation here.   Learn More...

SDCERS CEO Recruitment Bulletin

Date: Oct 17, 2017 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

The San Diego City Employees' Retirement System and the City of San Diego are accepting resumes for the unclassified position of Chief Executive Officer. The filing deadline is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For additional information, please visit: SDCERS CEO Recruitment Bulletin.   Learn More...

SDCERS Reports 13.5% Final Investment Return for Fiscal Year 2017

Date: Oct 16, 2017 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) reported a final return of 13.5% (net of fees) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Total Fund assets totaled $7.5 billion, representing growth of approximately $686 million during the fiscal year. While each asset class generated positive returns, the Fund’s double-digit return was primarily driven by public equities. Learn More...

SDCERS Board of Administration Adjusts Discount Rate to 6.5% Over Two Years

Date: Sep 15, 2017 Categories: Board, Discount Rate, News Articles, Press Release

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration voted to reduce the System’s discount rate from 7.0% to 6.75%, effective with the June 30, 2017 actuarial valuation, and from 6.75% to 6.5%, effective with the June 30, 2018 actuarial valuation, following a detailed presentation by the System’s actuary Cheiron. The Board of Administration approved the new discount rate at its meeting on September 8, 2017 by a vote of 10-2. Learn More...

Response to San Diego Union Tribune article

Date: Sep 15, 2017 Categories: News Articles

 Re: "City increases pension fund debt, but delays the financial consequences" (Sept. 9, 2017) To the Editor: As reported, San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System’s board of administration lowered the pension system’s investment return assumption from 7 percent to 6.5 percent over two years, adopting the lowest, most conservative investment return assumption of all California public pension plans. This will enhance system security and increase pension contributions required annually by employees. The board took this action despite SDCERS’ strong historical investment returns: 8.1 percent over the past 20 years.  Learn More...

Mark Hovey, SDCERS’ Chief Executive Officer, Will Step Down December 1

Date: Sep 05, 2017 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System Chief Executive Officer has informed the Board that he will step down effective December 1, 2017.  Mr. Hovey’s plans are to retire after serving for eight years as the CEO of the pension fund system that manages approximately $8 billion in assets for the benefit of over 20,000 members. Learn More...

SDCERS Reports Preliminary Return of 13.4% For Fiscal Year 2017

Date: Aug 21, 2017 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) reported a preliminary return of 13.4% (net of fees) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. Total Fund assets totaled $7.5 billion, representing growth of approximately $686 million during the fiscal year. While each asset class generated positive returns, the Fund’s double-digit return was primarily driven by public equities.   Learn More...

California Supreme Court Announces They Will Review Fourth District Court of Appeal Ruling on Proposition B

Date: Jul 27, 2017 Categories: News Articles, Proposition B

On July 27, 2017, the California Supreme Court announced they have agreed to review the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruling on Proposition B.  In 2012, Proposition B closed the defined benefit retirement plan to newly hired City of San Diego employees, other than sworn police officers. City unions challenged the legality of Proposition B on the grounds the City violated unfair labor practices by failing to meet and confer over the proposition. In April 2017, the Court of Appeal found the City did not violate unfair labor practices, thereby clearing the way for the City to continue to enforce Proposition B. Today, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s ruling.   The outcome of the California Supreme Court’s review is uncertain. SDCERS will continue to monitor developments on the issue and work with the parties involved on the outcome of any further court proceedings.   Learn More...

Contribution Rates for City Members in Effect July 1st

Date: Jul 01, 2017 Categories: Actuarial Valuations, Board, Contribution Rates, News Articles

Important: These rate changes only apply to City of San Diego members of SDCERS; Unified Port District and Airport Authority members are not affected. New contribution rates went into effect July 1, 2017 for City of San Diego members only. Most members will note only a minor adjustment on their July 28 paycheck.   Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Approved by SDCERS Board of Administration

Date: May 12, 2017 Categories: Board, COLA, News Articles

A Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) was approved by the SDCERS’ Board of Administration at its May 12, 2017 meeting. The COLA will be applied to the retirement benefits of eligible SDCERS retirees effective July 1, 2017. Two separate COLAs were approved and differ depending on when the eligible member retired.​ Learn More...

Spoon and Kenney to Serve as Mayoral Appointees on SDCERS Board of Administration

Date: May 10, 2017 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

Roberta Spoon and George Kenney have been designated by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to serve as mayoral appointees on the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration. Spoon and Kenney’s appointments were confirmed by the San Diego City Council on April 25, 2017. Learn More...

Court of Appeal Upholds Proposition B Despite PERB’s Ruling

Date: Apr 11, 2017 Categories: News Articles, Proposition B

On April 11, 2017, the Court of Appeal found the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) erred when it concluded the City of San Diego violated unfair labor practices by declining to meet and confer over Proposition B, a citizen-sponsored initiative. By annulling the PERB’s decision, the Court of Appeal cleared the way for the City to continue to enforce Proposition B. Learn More...

SDCERS Holds Two Board Elections

Date: Mar 22, 2017 Categories: Board, News Articles

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) conducted elections for two Active General Trustee seats and one Active Fire Safety Trustee seat on their Board of Administration. Learn More...

Risk-Adjusted Return Summary

Date: Feb 22, 2017 Categories: Investments, News Articles

The Investment Division recently completed a review of SDCERS’ risk-adjusted return to understand better how SDCERS is being compensated for the risk it assumes in its portfolio. Aiming for a higher return is great, but not if it comes at the cost of taking on excessive risk that threatens the portfolio’s long-term stability. Learn More...

Response to San Diego Union Tribune article

Date: Feb 04, 2017 Categories: News Articles

SDCERS response to the article "Pension boards must get real when it comes to numbers and challenges," in the San Diego Union Tribune on Friday, February 3, 2017.  Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves 13th Check and Corbett Benefits for 2016

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration approved the payment of the “13th Check” supplemental benefit and the Corbett settlement benefit for eligible retirees. Eligible retirees will receive the payment as part of their November 2016 monthly retirement benefit.   The “13th Check” and Corbett settlement benefits are paid in years when the realized investment earnings of the fund are sufficient to pay them.   Learn More...

Annual Membership Meeting Presentation

Date: Oct 15, 2016 Categories: Events, News Articles, Press Release, Retirement Resources

Nearly 125 active and retired members attended the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting on October 14 to get an update on pension news, investments and benefits from executive staff. If you were unable to attend, you're encouraged to watch the video by clicking here.   View the slide presentation here.  Learn More...

SDCERS Welcomes New Retired Board Trustee

Date: Sep 19, 2016 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) today announced the election of Charles Hogquist as the Retired Trustee to the SDCERS Board of Administration. Hogquist has been elected to serve the remaining four-year term ending March 31, 2019, left vacant by Richard Wilken. Learn More...

SDCERS Board Decision on Experience Study and Associated Actuarial Assumptions

At its September 9th meeting, the SDCERS Board of Administration discussed an experience study from the system’s actuary that covered revised economic and demographic assumptions, associated cost implications, and funding alternatives. The Board voted to accept the findings of the experience study and the actuarial assumption recommendations of the actuary. A second and separate Board vote to modify the system’s current funding methodology and to smooth the volatility of future pension contributions did not pass; the vote was 6-4 and a majority of 7 votes was required for the proposal to pass. Learn More...

SDCERS Reports Preliminary Return of 1.1% for Fiscal Year 2016

Date: Aug 26, 2016 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) reported a preliminary return of 1.1% (net of fees) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Despite the low absolute return, the performance was in the top third of the All Public Funds Universe obtained from BNY Mellon and Investment Metrics. Assets under management were $6.8 billion as of June 30, 2016. Learn More...

Contribution Rates for City Members in Effect July 1st

Contribution rates went into effect July 1, 2016 for City of San Diego members only. Most members will note only a minor adjustment. As PEPRA members, the San Diego Unified Port District and San Diego County Regional Airport Authority are not affected. Learn More...

Health Open Enrollment For City Retirees Has Begun

Date: Jun 05, 2016 Categories: Health, News Articles, Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 30. Take a look at these five facts - they’ll help you understand whether or not you need to take action during this year’s Open Enrollment period. And don't forget to join SDCERS on Tuesday, June 14th for our annual Open Enrollment Help Day from 10 a.m. to noon at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom.      Learn More...

Retired Trustee Election--Deadline Extended to July 15

Date: Jun 01, 2016 Categories: Board, News Articles

SDCERS is currently accepting nominations for an election to fill the remaining term of the vacant Retired Trustee seat on the Board of Administration. Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, July 15.    Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Approved by SDCERS Board of Administration

Date: May 27, 2016 Categories: COLA, News Articles

A Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) was approved by the SDCERS’ Board of Administration at its May 13, 2016 meeting. The COLA will be applied to the retirement benefits of eligible SDCERS retirees effective July 1, 2016.Three separate COLAs were approved and differ depending on when the eligible member retired. Learn More...

SDCERS Receives Small Public Pension of the Year Award

Date: May 23, 2016 Categories: Investments, News Articles

SDCERS’ Chief Investment Officer, Liza Crisafi, received the Institutional Investor Small Public Pension of the Year award at the 7th Annual U.S. Investment Management Awards in New York City. Learn More...

SDCERS Held Second Annual City Health Presentation

Date: Apr 08, 2016 Categories: Health, News Articles, Open Enrollment

Around 200 retirees attended SDCERS’ second annual City Retiree Health Coverage Presentation on April 8. Presenters from SDCERS, City of San Diego Risk Management, Health Net, Sharp and Kaiser shared a comprehensive overview of all health coverage services offered through SDCERS, in preparation for Open Enrollment, to be held June 6 through June 30. Don’t miss our next event, Open Enrollment Help Day, on June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. Learn More...

City of San Diego Appeals Prop B Ruling by California Public Employment Relations Board

Date: Jan 27, 2016 Categories: News Articles, Proposition B

On January 25, 2016, the City of San Diego petitioned the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal to vacate a ruling by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) that would unwind Proposition B, the 2012 pension-reform initiative. Learn More...

1099Rs Mailed to Eligible Payees - Frequently Asked Questions

Date: Jan 20, 2016 Categories: 1099R, News Articles

On February 1, 2016, 1099R’s will be mailed to eligible SDCERS payees. This notice provides payees with additional information to assist in the completion of their tax returns. Be sure to click the the title for a list of frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please call SDCERS Call Center at 619-525-3600 or submit your questions by clicking on "Contact Us."   Learn More...

Ruling by California Public Employment Relations Board Regarding Prop B

Date: Jan 11, 2016 Categories: News Articles, Proposition B

Proposition B, approved by the City of San Diego voters in 2012, closed the defined benefit retirement plan to City employees hired on or after July 20, 2012, other than for sworn police officers.  Four City unions filed a complaint with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), contending, among other things, the City failed to meet and confer with the unions prior to supporting Proposition B, in violation of the Meyers-Milias Brown Act. Learn More...

Deadline to File for a Disability Retirement Shortened

Date: Jan 11, 2016 Categories: Board, News Articles

At the January 2016 SDCERS meeting, the Board of Administration shortened the time period for an inactive or retired member to apply for a disability retirement from three years of discontinuance of active service or retirement, to two years. However, any member that is already inactive or retired as of January 8, 2016 will still have three years to apply.  Please review Board Rule 7.30 for important details (www.sdcers.org under the Resources tab, Board Rules and Policies). Learn More...

SDCERS Releases Latest Actuarial Valuations

At its January 8 meeting, the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration reviewed preliminary annual actuarial valuations as of June 30, 2015 for the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Learn More...

2016 Medicare Part B Update

Date: Dec 16, 2015 Categories: Health, News Articles

If you recently received an increase or decrease to your Medicare Part B premium, you will need to submit to SDCERS your 2016 Benefit Verification Letter from the Social Security Administration to be reimbursed for this increased or decreased amount. If you do not submit it, you will continue to receive the reimbursement amount SDCERS has on file. Click the title for more information. Learn More...

​SDCERS Board of Administration Adjusts Discount Rate to 7.125%

Date: Nov 23, 2015 Categories: Board, Discount Rate, News Articles, Press Release

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration voted to reduce the System’s discount rate to 7.125%, following a detailed presentation by the System’s actuary Cheiron. The Board of Administration approved the new discount rate at its meeting on November 13, 2015 by a vote of 7-4. The change is effective with the June 30, 2015 actuarial valuation, which determines employee and employee contributions for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. Learn More...

DROP Interest Crediting Rate Change for 2016

Date: Nov 13, 2015 Categories: Board, DROP, News Articles, Press Release

At its November 13, 2015 meeting, the SDCERS' Board of Administration approved staff's recommendation to change the DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) interest rates for the DROP Participation Accounts and DROP Annuities, effective January 1, 2016. Learn More...

SDCERS Board Approves 13th Check and Corbett Benefits for 2015

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration today approved the payment of the “13th Check” supplemental benefit and the Corbett settlement benefit for eligible retirees. Eligible retirees will receive the payment as part of their November 2015 monthly retirement benefit.   Learn More...

SDCERS Reports 3.3 Percent Final Investment Return for Fiscal Year 2015

Date: Nov 04, 2015 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) reported a final return of 3.3% (net of fees) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Assets under management grew $122 million during the fiscal year. Learn More...

SDCERS Annual Meeting Video Now Available

Date: Nov 02, 2015 Categories: News Articles

Nearly 150 active and retired members attended the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting on October 23 to get an update on pension news, investments and benefits from executive staff.   Learn More...

Annual Member Statements Coming Soon: Watch this Video!

Date: Sep 04, 2015 Categories: Member Portal, News Articles, Retirement Resources

As part of SDCERS Retirement Readiness campaign and our ongoing commitment to customer service, all members who have not yet retired will soon receive an Annual Member Statement. The purpose of the statement is to ensure that you are informed of the details of your SDCERS retirement account. Once you receive your Annual Member Statement, we encourage you to watch this video to learn all about them.   Learn More...

SDCERS Reports Preliminary Return of Three Percent for Fiscal Year 2015

Date: Aug 14, 2015 Categories: Investments, News Articles, Press Release

San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) reported a preliminary return of 3% (net of fees) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Assets under management grew $100 million during the fiscal year.   Learn More...

Arrollado Elected Board President

Date: Jul 16, 2015 Categories: Board, News Articles, Press Release

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) Board of Administration has elected Alan Arrollado to serve as Board President, effective July 10, 2015. Arrollado was elected to the Board of Administration in 2009 and re-elected for another four-year term in 2013. Learn More...

SDCERS Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) for its FY 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is the 7th consecutive year SDCERS has received this recognition. Learn More...

Cost of Living Adjustments

Date: May 04, 2015 Categories: COLA, News Articles

July 1, 2015 recommended COLAs have been determined. Click title for more information. Learn More...

CEO Mark Hovey Earns Top Honor

Date: Feb 12, 2015 Categories: News Articles, Press Release

SDCERS Chief Executive Officer Mark Hovey was honored at the San Diego Business Journal’s eighth annual Most Admired CEO ceremony held January 28. Hovey earned the top honor in the Government Category. SDCERS staff and Board Trustees are proud of this accomplishment which represents success for all our Members and the plan sponsors, as well as the public.   Learn More...

SDCERS Releases Latest Actuarial Valuations

Date: Jan 12, 2015 Categories: Actuarial Valuations, News Articles, Press Release

San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) announced that strong investment returns lowered the City of San Diego’s annual payment to the pension system by $8 million.   The SDCERS Board of Administration reviewed preliminary annual actuarial valuations as of June 30, 2014 for the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority at its January 9 meeting. All three plan sponsors showed improvements in their pension plan funding ratios.   Learn More...

SDCERS PUSHES FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY THROUGH REAL TIME BOARD STREAMING

Date: Nov 10, 2014 Categories: News Articles, Retirement Resources

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) today announced its Board of Administration and Business and Governance Committee meetings will be streamed live on its website beginning November 2014. Learn More...

Times of San Diego: Kudos to S.D. Pension Gurus: 17.3% Return

Date: Sep 10, 2014 Categories: Investments, News Articles

The San Diego City Employees' Retirement System reported Tuesday that its net investment return for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was 17.3 percent, higher than initially believed. Learn More...

IPE: San Diego City backs Europa Capital fund

Date: Aug 06, 2013 Categories: Investments, News Articles

GLOBAL – San Diego City Employees' Retirement System is to invest in Europa Capital's value-add fund, in the latest example of US institutions targeting European real estate strategies. Learn More...

Pensions and Investments: SDCERS Earns 13.9% on Investments in 2012

Date: Feb 25, 2013 Categories: Investments, News Articles

San Diego City Employees' Retirement System earned 13.9% net of fees for the year ended Dec. 31, said Elizabeth Crisafi, chief investment officer for the $5.6 billion system, in an e-mail. Learn More...