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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...

"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...

Active City Members: Register for Upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminar!

Date: Jul 31, 2019 Categories: Events, Press Release, Retirement Resources

UPDATE: THE SEPTEMBER SEMINAR IS NOW FULL. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE DATES OF FUTURE SEMINARS AS THEY ARE SCHEDULED. Attention All Active City Members:   Registration is now open for SDCERS’ upcoming pre-retirement seminar, which will be held on September 11th at 2:30 p.m. in SDCERS’ Board room (401 West A Street, Third Floor, San Diego, CA 92101). At this educational seminar, SDCERS staff will walk you through your retirement benefits and help you plan for the future.No matter how old you are, it’s never too early or too late to start thinking about your retirement goals and making plans so that you can meet those goals. Space is limited, so please call SDCERS as soon as possible to register, at (619) 525-3600.  Additional pre-retirement seminars and DROP entry seminars will be held in the future, so if you miss this one, you can plan to attend next time.   NOTE: You must attend a pre-retirement seminar before attending a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (“DROP”) entry seminar. Learn More...

Fact Check Your Future

Date: Apr 02, 2019 Categories: Retirement Resources

SDCERS administers benefits for more than 20 plan tiers, and you can learn more about YOUR plan by reading the Retirement Plan Summary that corresponds to your employer and hire date. Understand how your retirement contributions are calculated, when you are eligible for a lifetime retirement benefit, and your retirement benefit formula. Invest a few minutes in learning about your retirement future.  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...

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...

An SDCERS Retirement Ready Resolution for the New Year

Date: Dec 31, 2014 Categories: Retirement Resources

A new year is upon us. Have you considered your resolutions? Here are several quick ideas to jump start your Retirement Ready resolution.   Learn More...

Annual Member Statements Coming Soon: Watch this Video!

Date: Nov 17, 2014 Categories: 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. 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...

SDCERS Annual Meeting Video Now Available

Date: Oct 30, 2014 Categories: Events, Retirement Resources

If you were unable to attend the SDCERS Annual Membership Meeting, you're encouraged to watch the video. Learn More...

Pre-Retirement Readiness Seminars for City of San Diego Employees

Date: Oct 28, 2014 Categories: Events, Retirement Resources

SDCERS is offering members that head start opportunity with two Pre-Retirement seminars for City of San Diego employees in November and December. Learn More...

SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting - Details and Directions

Date: Oct 24, 2014 Categories: Events, Retirement Resources

SDCERS encourages you to attend the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting being held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 27 in Balboa Park. The Annual Membership Meeting is a great opportunity for Active, Retired and Deferred Vested members (and spouses) to learn about the financial health of the pension system. Learn More...

SDCERS Receives Award for Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting

SDCERS has been given the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting by the Government Financial Officers Association for its FY 2013 Popular Annual Financial Report. Learn More...

SDCERS Launches Dynamic, New Website

Date: Jul 28, 2014 Categories: Press Release, Retirement Resources

The San Diego City Employees' Retirement System (SDCERS) today launched its new website, www.sdcers.org, incorporating a new look, improved navigation and interactive tools to help members plan for and enjoy retirement. Learn More...

SDCERS' New Member Portal Now Available! Sign Up Today!

Date: Jun 06, 2014 Categories: Member Portal, Retirement Resources

SDCERS' new, enhanced Member Portal is now available! Register today to take advantage of the new tools and features available to help you prepare for and enjoy retirement. Beginning June 9th, you will simply need to re-register on the new Portal to take advantage of the latest interactive and easy-to-use online tools to manage your benefits – at the highest level of security. Learn More...

Information for SDCERS Members Receiving a Pension

Date: Apr 16, 2014 Categories: Pension, Retirement Resources

This information explains the reasons that, for some SDCERS members, the annual Form 1099-R you receive is issued as “Taxable Amount Not Determined” and the amount in Box 2a of the form is reported as $0.00 (zero). Learn More...

Pension System Actuarial and Investment Strategies Trending Favorably

Date: Mar 20, 2014 Categories: Board, Investments, Pension, Retirement Resources

There is no shortage of news media coverage focused on how public pension funds, in California and across the country, are yielding significant investment returns while simultaneously growing liabilities even faster. Learn More...

14 SDCERS Retirement Basics for (20)14

Date: Jan 07, 2014 Categories: Retirement Resources

The start of a new year is a great time to make sure you’re on track for a secure retirement. Below are 14 important terms and resources to help City of San Diego, Unified Port District and Airport Authority active, deferred members and retirees better understand their SDCERS benefits and get ready for retirement in 2014. Learn More...

Detroit's Bankruptcy Ruling and its Relevance to SDCERS

Date: Dec 05, 2013 Categories: Litigation, Retirement Resources

The recent bankruptcy ruling in Detroit has generated considerable speculation about its potential impact on pension benefits for California public employees. SDCERS expects no immediate threat to member pension benefits as a result of the Detroit ruling, nor is there any indication of such a threat in the foreseeable future. Learn More...

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts SDCERS Retirees

Date: Sep 27, 2013 Categories: Health, Retirement Resources

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010 to provide access to health care for those who are uninsured, to create a more efficient way to administer health care and to contain the growth of future health care costs.There are a number of ways that this is being done, but one in particular that directly impacts SDCERS retirees at this time. SDCERS’ retirees are required to have access to information about the new Health Insurance Marketplace in preparation for the Individual Mandate requirement of the law. Learn More...

SDCERS Urges You to Protect Yourself Against Pension Income Schemes

Date: May 13, 2013 Categories: Retirement Resources

In recent weeks, you may have seen news articles about schemes that have preyed on retiree pension checks. This practice involves selling your future stream of monthly pension checks in exchange for a lump-sum payment now. Learn More...

SDCERS Answers Member Questions

Date: May 08, 2013 Categories: Retirement Resources

Do you have a question or comment about your SDCERS retirement benefits? SDCERS' Retirement Counselors answer questions submitted through the 'Contact Us' page here daily. Learn More...

Be Retirement Ready, Know Your Tier

Date: Feb 24, 2013 Categories: Retirement Resources

SDCERS administers more than a dozen benefit tiers between its three participating plan sponsors – the City, Port and Airport. Within those tiers, members are eligible for different benefit options which affect member contribution rates, retirement eligibility and future retirement benefits. Learn More...

Five Resources to Learn More About Your SDCERS Retirement Benefits

Date: Jan 13, 2013 Categories: Member Portal, Retirement Resources

Use the following five resources to learn more about your SDCERS retirement benefits. Learn More...

13 SDCERS Retirement Basics for 2013

Date: Jan 10, 2013 Categories: Retirement Resources

The start of a new year is a great time to make sure you’re on track for a secure retirement. Below are 13 important terms and resources to help City of San Diego, Unified Port District and Airport Authority Active members and retirees better understand their SDCERS benefits and get ready for retirement in 2013. Learn More...

10% IRS Penalty for Retirees Who Return to Work

Date: Dec 20, 2012 Categories: Provisional Employment, Retirement Resources

Starting January 1, 2013, SDCERS will implement an IRS policy that impacts a retiree's ability to return to employment for the same plan sponsor after retirement. This will impact Members and retirees who perform work after January 1, 2013 from all three plan sponsors - the City of San Diego, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport) and the Unified Port of San Diego (Port). Learn More...