April 12, 2016 Seventeenth Edition


  
2016 IAFF Legislative Conference


Last week CAL FIRE Local 2881 leadership attended the Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. This conference has long been the cornerstone of the IAFF's legislative efforts. The IAFF has won many significant victories over the years - from the SAFER program that promotes safe fire ground staffing, to ensuring the heroes of 9/11 receive the healthcare they deserve, to defeating legislation designed to undermine our members' defined benefit pensions - due in large measure to the work we have done at this conference.

This year we focused on the IAFF priority legislation and had the opportunity to advocate directly with legislators on key federal issues including legislation impacting our jobs, health and safety and economic security.

We all know what an important election year this is and working with the IAFF strengthens our approach for the current political landscape in the key races for Senate and Governorships, and of course the Presidential election for 2016.

CAL FIRE Local 2881

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) - IAFF Legislative Conference
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) - IAFF Legislative Conference


FRAUD ALERT!
CalPERS Issues Fraud Alert for Riverside County Members Recent reports of individuals posing as CalPERS employees SACRAMENTO, CA - Members of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) living in Riverside County, California, have recently reported that individuals posing as CalPERS employees are attempting to engage with members at their place of residence. This is to alert CalPERS members in the Riverside County area to be cautious and to prevent them from being victimized.

CalPERS members in the City of Corona in Riverside County reported to CalPERS that a well-dressed male approached their place of residence and indicated that he wanted to discuss member discounts that are now available to them.  The members were presented with information on a clipboard that accompanied an envelope that is marked with a CalPERS logo and a form of an employee badge.

It is important for members in Riverside County to know that CalPERS does not contact members by going door-to-door. CalPERS members are advised to be cautious if they are contacted by any door-to-door individual and that they should get any identifying information, vehicles, business cards, names, etc., of the person representing themselves as CalPERS employees/representatives, and immediately contact the Riverside Police Department and notify CalPERS at 1-888-CalPERS (225-7377).

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.8 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for nearly 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS' total fund market value currently stands at nearly $290 billion. For more information, visit  www.calpers.ca.gov.

IN THE NEWS
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CAL FIRE EXPECTS TO BUY UP TO 12 NEW HELICOPTERS
FIRE AVIATION, 3/25/2016
 
It's not often that we see a federal or state agency with wildland fire responsibilities purchase a fleet of brand new aircraft. More typically they are forced to dig through the boneyard of discarded war birds in the Arizona desert hoping to cobble something together that won't kill their pilots and firefighters.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE, hopes to create a new paradigm with a fleet of helicopters right off the assembly line. The agency issued a solicitation to buy nine helicopters - about three a year for three years, with an option to spring for an even dozen.   READ FULL STORY
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EL DORADO FOREST SEES REBIRTH AFTER DEVASTATING KING FIRE
SAC BEE, 4/9/2016
 
The day after an arsonist  pleaded guilty to setting the massive King Fire in September 2014, dozens of volunteers gathered Saturday near Stumpy Meadows Lake to help bring the forest back to life.

The volunteers ranged from children to senior citizens. They were members of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Auburn Kiwanis Club and an off-road-vehicle club, among others. They planted hundreds of pine seedlings in the popular Black Oak Campground, which was singed by the King Fire.  READ FULL STORY
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VOLUNTEERS PLANT POTTED WILD FLOWERS, SEEDS TO HELP BEAUTIFY BUTTE FIRE BURN AREA
FOX 40, 4/2/2016
 
MOUNTAIN RANCH -- Hundreds of volunteers gathered in Mountain Ranch Saturday to put a little color back into Calaveras County where the Butte Fire scorched tens of thousands of acres of land last September.

Depending on where you look in the county, you can either see lush greenery or charred, black skeletons of trees. As a small step in rebuilding the area, 200 volunteers planted countless potted wild flowers and seeds in the burn scar.

"Just understanding the appreciation people have for simple flowers. When you have nothing that is something," event organizer Katie Clark told FOX40.   READ FULL STORY
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DID THE CALIFORNIA UNION FEE CASE GO AS YOU'D HOPED?
SAC BEE, 4/2/2016
 
With the U.S. Supreme Court  splitting 4-4 on whether California teachers must pay their union for non-political services, public-sector unions will continue to charge so-called "fare share" fees.

A loss would have drained their treasuries and likely forced them to reconsider what services they could provide. Union leaders in California and elsewhere also feared axing the fees would weaken their organizations' clout while, they said, business interests and anti-labor forces are  gaining political momentum.   READ FULL STORY
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PRESIDENTS 
MESSAGE
 
Presidents Message 4/5/2016
 
April 2016

UPCOMING EVENTS

CPF CONVENTION
April 19 - 22

LEADERSHIP/NEW OFFICER TRAINING
April 26 - 28

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
May 10 - 12

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT/FAMILY LIAISON TRAINING
MAY 17 - 19

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No One Left Behind
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Benevolent Fund
We provide funds for immediate life sustaining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

4th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament

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CAL FIRE Local 2881 likes to stay connected with our membership.  We want to make sure every member has an updated mailing address.

Below is a list of both Active and Retired members that have bad addresses.  If your name is on the list or you have recently moved,  please contact Danielle at (916) 277-9885 or  dkelsch@L2881.org to update your address.





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