Entries by California Policy Center

You’re No. 1! New study shows Santa Barbara County suffers state’s highest pension burden

For Immediate Release March 15, 2016 California Policy Center Contact: Will Swaim Will@CalPolicyCenter.org (949) 274-1911 Annual ranking: California’s worst counties for pension burden include Santa Barbara, Kern, Fresno SACRAMENTO — Years after the Great Recession slammed their Wall Street investments, at least four California counties have broken through the 10 percent ceiling, spending one of out of every $10 […]

Study ranks San Mateo, Merced among CA's worst counties for pension burden

For Immediate Release March 15, 2016 California Policy Center Contact: Will Swaim Will@CalPolicyCenter.org (949) 274-1911 Annual ranking: California’s best and worst counties by pension burden SACRAMENTO — Years after the Great Recession slammed their Wall Street investments, at least four California counties have broken through the 10 percent ceiling, spending one of out of every $10 to fund […]

Transparent California Releases 2014 Salary Data for California K-12 School Employees

For Immediate Release August 12, 2015 California Policy Center Contact: Robert Fellner Robert@CalPolicyCenter.org (201) 206-6469 Data: No correlation between teacher compensation and academic performance TUSTIN — K-12 employee compensation data released today by Transparent California shows there is no meaningful correlation between teacher compensation and student performance; when the compensation of all district employees is compared to […]

California Bondage: $200 Billion Education Bond Bill Buoyed by iPads, Financial Chicanery, and Conflicts of Interest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2015 California Policy Center Contact: Lee Schalk Lee@calpolicycenter.org (916) 258-2396 New study offers Californians first glimpse at total state and local education bond obligations Today the California Policy Center (CPC) released a major new report analyzing the size and scope of California’s education bond obligations. Analyzing all state and local […]

Transparent California Releases 2014 Salary Data for California State and University Employees

For Immediate Release July 14, 2015 California Policy Center Contact: Robert Fellner Robert@Calpolicycenter.org (201) 206-6469 Transparent California Releases 2014 Salary Data for California State and University Employees Average State compensation package is $110,663; Average CSU compensation is $103,864 TUSTIN — Today, TransparentCalifornia.com released previously unseen 2014 salary and benefits data for 240,531 California State and 62,540 […]

Transparent California Releases University of California’s 2014 Pension Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tustin, California July 2, 2015 Contact: Robert Fellner Robert@Calpolicycenter.org (201) 206-6469 Transparent California Releases University of California’s 2014 Pension Data Average UC pension is $91,430; UC San Francisco leads system with average pension of $102,899 TUSTIN — Today, TransparentCalifornia.com released previously unseen 2014 pension records for 49,516 University of California pensioners, data […]

Los Angeles Public vs. Charter Schools: New Study Compares Cost Per-Pupil and Educational Achievement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California June 3, 2015 Contact: Jordan Bruneau (916) 258-2396 Los Angeles Public vs. Charter Schools: New Study Compares Cost Per-Pupil and Educational Achievement California Policy Center report concludes that per-pupil costs are lower and educational achievement is higher at Los Angeles Unified School District charter schools SACRAMENTO — Today, the California […]

Transparent California Releases 2014 CalSTRS Pension Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tustin, California, April 30, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org Transparent California Releases 2014 CalSTRS Pension Data TUSTIN — Today, TransparentCalifornia.com released 2014 pension records for 256,305 CalSTRS pensioners, received through a series of public records request. Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is a project of two […]

California Policy Center Study Exposes School Bond Debt Loophole

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, March 30, 2015 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org, 916-439-2159 Stockton Unified School District Requests More Bond Indebtedness Waivers, California Policy Center Warns About Process On Tuesday, March 24, the Stockton Unified School District board of trustees held a hearing and unanimously voted to ask the State Board of Education for two waivers from bond […]

Leading Education Reformer Joins California Policy Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, February 11, 2015 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org. Former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero has joined the California Policy Center as its Director of Education Reform. Romero, founder of the California Center for Parent Empowerment, is one of the strongest Democratic voices in the country advocating for expanding educational opportunities for all […]

Transparent California Releases Compensation Data for 405 cities and 826 Special Districts Statewide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, December 22, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org; media contact Jordan Bruneau, 916-258-2396 #1 Greater Los Angeles Municipal Employees Earned Average of $119,000 in 2013 TUSTIN – Today, Transparent California released previously unseen 2013 public employee compensation data – complete with names, pay, and benefits – for 405 cities and 826 special districts statewide on TransparentCalifornia.com, […]

California Policy Center Study Ranks State's Most Financially Distressed Cities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, November 6, 2014 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org; principal author Marc Joffe, 415-578-0558 Study Ranks Atwater, Chico, Compton and Maywood Among Most Financially Distressed California Cities The California Policy Center and Civic Partner have released a list of the most financially distressed California cities and counties. The new CPC report, “California’s Most Financially […]

California Policy Center Study Reveals $11.8 Billion in New School Bonds on Nov. Ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, October 16, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org, 916-439-2159 Concerned About Debt, California Policy Center Seeks to Increase Public Awareness of How Municipal Bonds Work The California Policy Center has just released some preliminary findings from an ongoing study of school bond financing. The complete study will be released later this year. In […]

First Ever Release of Complete 2013 CalPERS Compensation Data Helps Explain California’s 140 Proposed Tax Increases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, September 30, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org, 916-258-2396 Average 2013 CalPERS Pension Payout for Career Bureaucrat is $64,448, Twice the Maximum Social Security Retirement Benefit First Ever Release of Complete 2013 CalPERS Compensation Data Helps Explain California’s 140 Proposed Tax Increases Today, the California Policy Center (CPC) released never-before-seen 2013 CalPERS base […]

First Ever Release of School District Compensation Data Uncovers Widespread Double-Dipping and Inflated Pay

For Immediate Release July 23, 2014 California Policy Center Media Contact: Jordan Bruneau (916) 258-2396 First Ever Release of School District Compensation Data Uncovers Widespread Double-Dipping and Inflated Pay California Think Tank Releases 2013 Database of School District Salaries, Calls for Legislation to End Double-Dipping TUSTIN – Today, the California Policy Center (CPC) released 2013 […]

Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chula Vista for Refusal to Comply With California Public Records Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, May 20, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org, 916-258-2396 California Think Tank Holds City Accountable for Violating State Law Today, the California Policy Center (CPC) filed a lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court against the city of Chula Vista for refusing to comply with the California Public Records Act (CPRA). CPC is seeking […]

New Study Exposes Underfunding in County Retirement Systems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, May 7, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org The California Policy Center has just published a study that compiles the total unfunded retirement liabilities for the twenty California Counties that have their own independent pension systems. These independent pension systems are frequently touted as financially sound, but when unfunded healthcare liabilities and outstanding balances […]

Even Accounting for Environmental Costs, Oil and Gas Development To Have Net Positive Impact on California Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, April 1, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org, 916-258-2396 Expansion Could Generate Nearly 300,000 New Jobs Per Year Through 2035, Between $1 and $4.5 Billion in Annual Tax Gains Today, the California Policy Center (CPC) released a new study from a University of Wyoming economist analyzing the realistic economic and environmental impacts that offshore oil drilling […]

CPC Releases Sobering Study on Sonoma County's Pension Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, January 16, 2014 Contact: press@calpolicycenter.org The California Policy Center has just published an alarming study of Sonoma County’s pension crisis. The study was written by New Sonoma, a volunteer organization of financial experts and citizens concerned about the finances and governance of Sonoma County. The study describes how the County has incurred […]

CPC Study Finds CalSTRS Contributions Grossly Inadequate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, November 12, 2013 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org Saddled with a massive debt on what is needed to meet its pension obligations the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) added more than $4.0 billion to that debt in 2012 because it chose to underfund its so-called “catch-up” payment. That is the conclusion reached […]

CPC Study Finds Orange County Pension Plan Contributions Grossly Inadequate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, September 13, 2013 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org Saddled with a massive debt on what is needed to meet its pension obligations to County workers and other participants, the Orange County Employee Retirement System (OCERS) added more than $100 million to that debt in 2012 because it chose to underfund its so-called “catch-up” […]

CPC Study Provides Tools to Estimate Pension Liabilities and Contributions Using Various Assumptions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, July 29, 2013 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org With the recent announcement that Detroit has declared bankruptcy, many wonder how their city, county, school district, or other government organization is doing. To help keep elected officials accountable, the California Policy Center has released a simple spreadsheet and tutorial that estimates the unfunded liabilities and […]

CPC Study Finds Orange County Again Confronting Bankruptcy Under New Accounting Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, June 4, 2013 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org A new study published by the California Policy Center analyzes the impact of GASB and Moody’s new – and final – rules governing financial reporting for pensions. These rules take effect next year. If Orange County had been using the just adopted GASB rulings governing […]

CPC Study Estimates California's Total State and Local Government Debt Exceeds $1.0 Trillion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, California, April 30, 2013 Contact:  press@calpolicycenter.org A new study published by the California Policy Center estimates the total state and local government debt in California between $848 billion and $1.1 trillion. The study, authored by CPPC researchers Bill Fletcher and Ed Ring, is the result of extensive interviews with state employees […]