For almost two years now I have been questioning the reported Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability UAAL for our Santa Barbara County Employees Pension System (S.B.C.E.R.S.) on my blog @ http://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com . There are several different reasons for my concerns. My most recent concern came about after I learned that the S.B.C.E.R.S pension is now reporting a 24 year compound average returns on investments. To being an outstanding rate of 8.5%, this fact can be verified in their 2011 Valuation report on page 26 @ http://sbcers-trustee.com/Documents/2011-10-26-002b-BOR-ActuarialValuationJune30,2011.pdf
Earlier this month Lee Saunders the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has voiced his similar concerns with CalPers. Mr. Saunders reports in an article dated January 2cnd 2012 that over the past 20 years, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has earned an average annual investment return of 8.4 percent. Finally someone else has done the research and checked the math and seems to agree with me. Based on these types of yearly returns it is mathematically impossible for CalPers and the S.B.C.E.R.S. to be anything but healthy and properly funded. I will spend some time this week and try to contact Mr. Saunders so that we may share our research with each other. The full article is here for your review, along with several posting links from my blog. I am hoping the data contained in my stories will grab the attention of our Union Brothers and Sisters.
California pension system not in crisis @ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/01/EDQN1MIA0B.DTL
Lee Saunders Monday, January 2, 2012
Despite those who are all-too-willing to play Chicken Little, the sky is not falling on the California pension system.
Here are the facts. Over the past 20 years, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has earned an average annual investment return of 8.4 percent, which is more than the fund needs to ensure it can pay long-term benefits. Since the market crash of 2008, CalPERS has recovered from its losses and is now funded at 75 percent, a healthy level by the mark of rating agencies.
A recent report on public pensions released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research flies in the face of these facts, favoring instead trumped-up assumptions that CalPERS earnings are much lower. For reasons unknown, or at least unsaid, the report asserts that CalPERS earnings stand at just 6.2 percent per year, a rate they suggest is breeding a growing shortfall in the fund.
That is not a fact, and SIEPR knows it. SIEPR knows that 6.2 percent isn’t the actual earnings rate. Instead, that number reflects “the long-term historical average for investors allocating capital in the same manner as pension funds.” In other words, they found investors who put money into the market in a way similar to how pension funds invest and used those results instead of CalPERS’ actual historical record.
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer resigned as an SIEPR advisory board member after the report was issued, noting tersely: “When it comes to public pensions, maybe SIEPR should stand for ‘Stanford Institute to Eviscerate People’s Retirement.’ ”
This isn’t the first time SIEPR has gotten it wrong. Last winter, they claimed that CalPERS’ actual earnings were 4.14 percent, the so-called risk-free earnings rate. That inaccuracy spurred a Little Hoover Commission report, causing public panic over a pension crisis that doesn’t exist. After catching much flak from economists, SIEPR issued the new report with its slightly higher earnings projections.
According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, pension costs are among the smallest and slowest-growing in state government, making up less than 3 percent of the total budget. All the while, public-sector unions are helping to ensure that pension funds remain stable and their benefits affordable.
That is not to say that there isn’t work to be done. While pensions account for less than 3 percent of the budget, corporate tax loopholes amount to tens of billions lost from the budget. Even after budget cuts, new loopholes rob public education and other programs of $1 billion per year, that money instead going to fill the coffers of Wall Street corporations.
Facts are facts. While we know CalPERS and the California Teachers’ Retirement System are irreplaceable sources of retirement security for hundreds of thousands of workers, the defined-contribution system favored by its critics is badly broken. According to the Wall Street Journal, the median household headed by a person aged 60 to 62 with a 401(k) has less than one-quarter of the savings needed for retirement. That’s a fact we ignore at our own peril.
Lee Saunders is the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
This article appeared on page A – 6 of the San Francisco Chronicle
I have written several blog postings over the past two years sharing both my concerns and findings in regards to the alleged S.B.C.E.R.S. Pension unfunded crisis, and what I think it’s true value should be. My blog can be found @ http://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com . Below I have listed several of these stories and each story title also has a link that will take you directly to that story’s location on the web.
Proving there is corruption and fraud with the Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement Systems Pension Fund. Based on the Data in this Story we are talking about close to a 2 BILLION Dollar Discrepancy @ http://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com/2011/12/proving-there-is-corruption-and-fraud.html
In 1991 the California State Controller Reported that the SBCERS Pensions Previous Funded Levels were as Follows: 12/86 102.0% Funded 12/88 91.0% Funded 12/90 83.0% Funded. In a 2009 Santa Barbara County Document the values have been altered, is that a crime? The 2009 Document shows that in 12/86 the SBCERS was only 67.1% Funded, in 12/88 67.2% Funded, Finally in 12/90 only 61.40% Funded, How Can There Be Such a HUGE VALUE Difference? @ http://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-1991-california-state-controller_04.html
These 3 attachments are all I need to prove fraud with the SBCERS pension fund. Simply follow my instructions and see for yourself @ http://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com/2011/08/these-3-attachments-are-all-i-need-to.html
Terrence McGuire handles 450 Billion dollars for our State and helps me uncover a Billion dollar heist by Santa Barbara (SBCERS) pension Officials
If Mr. McGuire performed his sworn duty that would be the correct title for this posting.