CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"CFA-SPONSORED BILLS STILL AWAIT GOVERNOR'S ACTIONS"
2001 EDITION - Issue No. 35
OCTOBER 01, 2001

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From: GRO <gro@calfac.org>
Date: Tue Oct 2, 2001  17:08:41 US/Pacific
To: gro@calfac.org
Subject: GRO WEEKLY REPORT
Reply-To: gro@calfac.org

CFA-SPONSORED BILLS STILL AWAIT GOVERNOR'S ACTIONS

Governor Gray Davis has yet to take action on the two remaining
CFA-sponsored bills. SB 1212 (Romero) will ensure that due process
protections in state law will not be diminished, and AB 1081 (Nation) will
allow CFA to negotiate CalPERS retirement benefits for lecturers who teach
half time. The Governor has until October 14th to take action on these
bills.


GOVERNOR DAVIS CALLS SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION

In the meantime, Governor Gray Davis has called a special session of the
legislature to convene tentatively on Tuesday, October 9th to address the
issue of "investor owned utilities." (Due to today's actions by the state
Public Utilities Commission on utility rates, this date could change.)
Although the length of this special session is undetermined, it is unlikely
that the session will last more than a few days before legislators return
to their districts (however, the legislature can reconvene at a future date
at the request of the Governor and legislative leadership).

If a special session is convened on October 9th it should have little, if
any, impact on the Teach-In activities. However, since it is very difficult
to predict the legislature's schedule and many legislators have been
invited to the campuses for the Teach-Ins, it is recommended that chapters
prepare back-up plans in case the special session interferes with planned
campus activities.


CFA REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED TO KEY CALPERS COMMITTEE

CFA President Susan Meisenhelder has appointed Milt Dobkin to the CalPERS
Constituent Work Group on Health Benefits to help address the lack of HMO
coverage in rural counties. Dobkin is from Humboldt State and is CFA's
Retired Faculty Representative. He may be reached by e-mail at
<milton@humboldt1.com>.

The CalPERS board authorized HMOs to abandon rural counties for reasons
that included health care and prescription costs, and state employees such
as CSU faculty are experiencing financial and medical hardships due to this
decision. CFA is concerned about this issue and initiated efforts to work
collaboratively with the CSU Administration and other state employee groups
to help remedy this problem.  CFA is supporting legislation, SB 277
(Chesbro), that would give faculty in rural areas access to state funds to
help pay for increased health insurance costs.


GOVERNOR APPOINTS RICARDO ICAZA TO CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Governor Davis has appointed Rick Icaza to the CSU Board of Trustees. Icaza
is the President of UFCW Local 770 based in Los Angeles and has been the
President of the L.A. County Federation for nearly 14 years. His
appointment is subject to confirmation by the State Senate.


CFA MEMBER SIMON GEORGE ENDORSED FOR CALPERS BOARD

The CFA Board of Directors has endorsed long-standing CFA member Simon
George, who is running for a seat on the CalPERS Board.  Simon, who teaches
physics at Long Beach State, is also the CFA Political Action Chair for the
campus.

Ballots for the CalPERS election were mailed out to members on October 1,
2001, and need to be returned to CalPERS by November 30th. CFA encourages
you to vote for George when you receive your ballot.


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