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Board of Retirement election: Candidate list now available
Posted April 2014

Two candidates have been verified in the General member election to fill the second seat on the Board of Retirement. Ballots will be distributed by the Registrar of Voters (ROV) at the end of April for this election.

No election will be held for Retired members, because the candidates for each seat ran unopposed. E.F. “Skip” Murphy will renew his term for the eighth seat and James W. Feeley will renew his term for the alternate eighth seat. These new terms begin July 1, 2014.

Active General (non-Safety) members will receive their ballots from the Registrar of Voters (ROV) through interoffice mail around April 24. Completed ballots must be received by the ROV through interoffice mail or at their office by 5 p.m. May 6, 2014.

Below is a list of candidates running for the second seat in the General member election. Candidate statements will be distributed with ballots.

SDCERA 2014 Board of Retirement election candidates
General second seat

Samantha Begovich
Office of the Deputy District Attorney

Vanessa Cabiling
County Technology Office

The ROV will certify the election results on May 9. The elected candidate will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014. Visit the Board of Retirement Responsibilities page to learn more about the role of the Board.

COLA effective with the April benefit payment
Posted April 2014

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be applied to April 30 retirement benefit payments to all members who retired on or before March 31, 2014. The Board of Retirement approved a 1.50% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired members at their March 6 meeting.

The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the San Diego area, which increased by 1.31% over the previous year. The COLA is determined by rounding the CPI to the nearest one-half of one percent, resulting in a 1.50% increase. Members who are already retired may receive more than a 1.50% increase, based on having a positive COLA bank.

The maximum COLA varies by membership tier – up to 3% for retired Tier I, Tier II and Tier A members, and up to 2% for retired Tier B and Tier C members. Refer to the chart below to determine your COLA amount based on your retirement date and membership tier. Members who retire after March 31, 2014, will receive any applicable COLA next year.

Retirement date COLA increase effective April 1, 2014
Tier I
and Tier A
Tier II Tier B
and Tier C
On or before March 31, 2000 3.00% 3.00% n/a
April 1, 2000 - March 31, 2001 2.92% 3.00% n/a
April 1, 2001 - March 31, 2002 1.60% 1.60% n/a
April 1, 2002 - March 31, 2010 1.50% 1.50% 1.93%
April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011 1.50% 1.50% 1.95%
April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012 1.60% 1.60% 2.00%
April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013 1.60% 1.60% 1.60%
April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%

Health insurance cards will be mailed by carriers in January
Posted December 2013

Health insurance identification cards will be mailed by insurance carriers in mid-January to retired members and their dependents who enrolled in an SDCERA-sponsored health plan for the first time in November. This year, new identification cards will also be sent to all members enrolled in HealthNet Medicare HMO and UnitedHealthcare Signature Value HMO.

If you do not receive your identification card by February 1, contact your plan carrier. Contact information for carriers can be found on Page 6 of the 2014 Health Insurance Plans booklet.

Myers and Hancock re-elected to Board of Retirement
Posted November 2013

The Registrar of Voters has certified that active Safety members have re-elected incumbents David A. Myers and Tim Hancock to the Board of Retirement. This will be Myers’ fifth term in the seventh seat on the Board, and Hancock will serve a second term in the alternate Safety seat. Their new three-year terms begin January 1, 2014.

Active Safety Member elected candidates certified Friday
Posted November 2013

The elected candidates for the active Safety member election will be certified by the Registrar of Voters on Friday, November 22.

This election also determines the Safety member appointed to the alternate seat.

Three active Safety members ran in this election: Carl H. Gregory Jr. from the Sheriff's department; Timothy Hancock from the Probation department; and David A. Myers from the Sheriff's department.

The elected candidates will serve a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2014.

SDCERA's 2013 fiscal year outperforms benchmark with 8.3% investment returns
Posted August 2013

Fund's emphasis on diversification and fiduciary prudence leads to outperformance of fund’s policy benchmark and typical public retirement plans

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA) reported today that the $9.1 billion pension fund achieved a year-end investment return of 8.3% for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013.

SDCERA's long-term investment strategy, which involves identifying assets that maintain low correlations to each other in evolving market conditions, enabled the pension fund to surpass its policy benchmark's return of 7.0% during the 2013 fiscal year.

SDCERA's portfolio generated stronger long-term results with three-year annualized returns of 11.9% as of June 30, 2013. A typical public retirement plan holding 60% of the portfolio in stocks and 40% in bonds (60/40 portfolio) earned a three-year 9.9% annualized return for the same period. A one-year comparison showed the 60/40 portfolio achieved a return of 10.6% for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013 primarily driven by short-term U.S. equity market performance.

Read more in SDCERA's press release, SDCERA's 2013 fiscal year outperforms benchmark with 8.3% investment returns.