2021

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...