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In the News
REAOC’s second appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal is in progress. Our attorneys filed REAOC’s opening brief on March 19th. The county will file its opposition brief on April 19th and REAOC will file a reply brief on May 3rd. Following submittal of all briefs, the Ninth Circuit will schedule a hearing. We have posted the REAOC Opening Brief for your review and highly recommend reading the entire document. The brief expertly presents comprehensive, historical facts and legal arguments.
Click here to read the REAOC Brief
For a chronological listing of the major activities and updates during the past several years regarding the litigation, please click on the "Legal Update" tab located under the American flag.
SIGNIFICENT COURT RULING
In 2008 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to appreciably cut health care benefits for retirees. Subsequently, a lawsuit was filed by 1,500 retired Sonoma County employees who said the County violated their rights when the County took this action. The district court dismissed the suit stating the County had never expressly promised to continue covering retiree’s health benefits for life. The Sonoma retirees appealed the lower court’s decision. Early this week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Sonoma retirees’ lawsuit should not have been dismissed and should be allowed to proceed in the trial court in San Francisco. In reaching that ruling, the court relied almost exclusively on the precedent established by REAOC’s victory in the California Supreme Court in November 2011. We expect this new decision will be very helpful in REAOC’s current appeal in the Ninth Circuit and also in the class action lawsuit. To review the Sonoma County Association of Retirees’ ruling, please click on the link below.
COLA APPROVED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) Board of Retirement approved the 2013 cost of living adjustment of 2 percent at its regular meeting on February 19, 2013. Retirees will see an increase on their May 1, 2013 check that reflects the Cost of Living Adjustment. To see more information on the COLA that will be granted, please click on the link below.
THE NEW GUIDE FOR SENIORS IS NOW AVAILABLE
The new guide for seniors is now available from the Orange County Council on Aging. Click on the link below to read this helpful guide. This guide lists many resources for seniors in Orange County and includes helpful Medicare comparison charts, housing alternatives, community resources, entertainment options, etc.
Senior Guide for Orange County
IN THE NEWS
Contra Costa Retirees May Have Benefits Case
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A northern California county cannot avert claims over its alleged attempt to stop providing retirees with health care, a federal judge ruled. The Retiree Support Group of Contra Costa County sufficiently alleged that a contract existed in which Contra Costa County agreed to pay 80 percent of health care benefits to retirees and their dependents associated with at least one plan for the lifetime of the retirees, according to the ruling. In a February 2012 complaint, the support group said its workers "gave up wage increases and other employment benefits in order to receive [the] health care benefits," but that the county capped contributions at a flat dollar amount in 2010 and said it would pass on the increased cost of health care to the retirees. (More)
Orange County to appeal $147 million tax ruling
Orange County will appeal a judge's ruling that it must repay 147 mln to the state in a tax fight. The Orange County Register says county supervisors made that decision Tuesday. A county judge last week ruled that the county must turn over tens of millions of dollars in property tax money it withheld for several years to cover reduced state funding from vehicle tax fees. The money would have gone into a state fund for schools and community colleges. (More)
Commentary: Orange County Supes are dismissive of Grand Jury reports
On June 30, 1982, in a letter to the Board of Supervisors , the '81-'82 Orange County Grand Jury referred to the "clanging chains" of that "bureaucracy" in reference to a broken promise made to this jury by the board concerning their lack of response to all Grand Jury final reports within a 60-day time frame. Now, when reading the many news reports over the past several years about our county's many missteps, it would seem that the supervisorial "chains" continue to "clang," and that there has been very little oversight by our elected board members, especially in the areas of conflict of interest, cover-ups, harassment and abuses of authority. (More)
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