Two highlights from our fourth April meeting. We:
- proclaimed April 21-27, 2013 as “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” with a presentation to District Attorney Gary Lieberstein. The first declaration of Crime Victims’ Rights Week was by President Reagan in 1981; the purpose is to focus the nation’s attention on the impact of crime on victims, and the need to treat victims with dignity and respect.
- adopted a resolution making an important decision with regard to employee pensions. We elected not to phase in the cost of actuarial assumption changes and to pay the increased required CalPERS employer pension contribution rate for fiscal year 2013/14 in full. The phase-in would have provided a one-year savings, but cost both the County and employees an estimated $646,500 over the next 20 years. [Any increases or decreases in the employer contribution rate are shared by the County with the employees.]