2021

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...

2020 1099-R Forms

Date: Feb 03, 2021 Categories: 1099R, Member Portal

IRS Form 1099-R’s were mailed on January 15th. All SDCERS retirees and beneficiaries who received a payment from SDCERS in 2020 should have received their 2020 1099-R forms via U.S. mail by now. You can also access your tax forms online by logging into your Member Portal account, clicking on “Tax Reporting” on the left, and selecting “2020 1099R,”  which will allow you 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...

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...

2020 1099-R Forms

Date: Jan 15, 2021 Categories: 1099R, Member Portal

IRS Form 1099-R’s were mailed on January 15th. This means all SDCERS retirees and beneficiaries who received a payment from SDCERS in 2020 should be receiving their 2020 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 “2020 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...

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...