1. November 28, 2017

    CalPERS Responds to Its Critics

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Last week, CalPERS did something unusual: It wrote a retort to its critics. In an article titled “Critics Pick Their Facts but Ignore the Truth,” CalPERS responded to two editorials in two different newspapers. CalPERS called the editorial writers “serial critics of defined benefit plans” who “selectively mine the facts so they can advance their […] more

  2. November 13, 2017

    Senate Bill 525 Amends California Public Pension Laws

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    California Senate Bill 525, concerning public pensions, was signed into law in September and will take effect on January 1, 2018. The bill changes many provisions of the Government Code. Most of these revisions are minor “housekeeping” changes. One substantial change affecting many public agencies is the amendment to Government Code section 20636, requiring public […] more

  3. October 13, 2017

    New Stanford University Study Predicts Public Pensions Costs in California to Consume 14-17.5% of Operating Expenses by the Year 2030

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    On October 2nd, Stanford University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research published a 193-page article summarizing “case studies” of 14 public entities—the State of California, three counties, six cities, three school districts, and one Special District (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The article, charting the entities’ past and predicted pension costs from fiscal years 2002-2003 to 2029-2030, […] more

  4. July 17, 2017

    Curtailing Police Pensions: Not As Simple As It May Seem

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Ill-Funded Police Pensions Put Cities in a Bind,” discusses problems cities have experienced after cutting police pensions and other benefits. According to the article, police and firefighter pensions are among the worst funded in the country, with a median of 71 cents for every dollar needed for future liabilities. […] more

  5. July 14, 2017

    Good News: CalPERS Reports an 11.2% Investment Return for the Recent Fiscal Year

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Today CalPERS reported a preliminary 11.2% net return on investments for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. This new figure brings CalPERS’ Total Fund performance to 8.8% for the past five years, 4.4% for the past ten years, and 6.6% for the past 20 years. Applying a seven percent discount rate (also known as […] more


Upcoming AALRR Events

Complimentary Breakfast Briefing: He Said/She Said/They Said: But Who to Believe?

In workplace investigations, witnesses often contradict each other on key facts or they interpret those facts differently. As an investigator, you must decide whose version or interpretation of those facts you believe. How do you make that determination? Are you confident that your approach for assessing witness credibility results in correct findings?

This breakfast briefing provides an in-depth analysis of credibility factors, including corroboration, plausibility, motivation, consistency, contradictions, and demeanor.

The briefing also explores other factors that may influence an investigator’s decision making process including implicit/unconscious bias and provides steps to reduce those concerns.

Finally, this briefing uses real world examples and fact-based hypotheticals to sharpen your skill in making credibility assessments — an indispensable tool in your investigation tool kit.

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