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Charter Amendment LA-B
Fire and Police Pension Plan
City of Los Angeles
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
UNOFFICIAL results as of March 6, 2:00 p.m.
Pass: 145721 / 58.0% Yes votes ...... 105386 / 42.0% No votes
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Shall the Charter be amended to authorize the City Council to allow sworn police personnel who are transferred from the Department of General Services to the Police Department to purchase, at their own expense, retirement credit for prior sworn City service after they become members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan?
FIRE AND POLICE PENSION PLAN: COST NEUTRAL PURCHASES OF RETIREMENT CREDIT BY CERTAIN MEMBERS
Transferred officers who subsequently switch to a regular police position may opt to become members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan.
A YES VOTE MEANS:
A NO VOTE MEANS:
Since 1979, GSD has had the responsibility to secure and patrol City buildings, facilities, shops, yards, and warehouses. GSD police personnel are police officers with limited peace officer status under State law and are trained and certified through the LAPD Police Academy under the same standards as LAPD officers.
In order to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs, in 2012, the City approved the consolidation of GSD police officers into the LAPD. The consolidation is underway and should be completed in 2013. Some GSD police officers will receive re-training and certification, as necessary, to become LAPD officers. However, GSD police officers and LAPD officers are members of different retirement systems. This measure would allow GSD police officers who become LAPD officers to transfer benefits to a sworn employee retirement system.
GSD police officers are members of the City's civilian retirement plan, the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System (LACERS). LAPD officers and Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters and paramedics are members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan (FPPP). As part of the consolidation, the City enacted an ordinance to allow GSD police officers whose current positions are transferred to the LAPD to continue as members of LACERS or, within two years of being appointed as LAPD officers, elect to transfer retirement membership from LACERS to FPPP. This Charter Amendment would give the transferring employees the option to purchase retirement credit for prior sworn city services after becoming a member of the FPPP. However, without a Charter amendment, the transfer of benefits cannot be finalized.
Under this Charter Amendment, fonner GSD police officers who choose to transfer to the sworn retirement system will be placed in 'Tier 6' of the FPPP, which is the same retirement benefit package as any other new police officer who joined the LAPD after July 1, 2011. The proposed Charter Amendment requires that the transfer between retirement plans be cost neutral. The transferring employee will be required to pay the full actuarial cost of the service to be transferred.
This Charter Amendment will become effective if approved by a majority of voters.
|Arguments For Charter Amendment LA-B|
Vote YES on Charter Amendment B, and protect those who protect
As part of the City's cost cutting efforts Los Angeles' sworn General Services Police Officers, who take on the same responsibility and risk of all police officers, are being consolidated into the Los Angeles Police Department. This action will save tax dollars, improve public safety and free up vital resources for core City services.
Charter Amendment B will simply allow transferred General Service Police Officers an option to access benefits similar to their counter parts in LAPD. This is a critical tool for LAPD to retain the best and brightest General Service Officers who have kept our libraries, civic buildings, and parks safe.
Charter Amendment B is cost neutral! The benefits will be entirely funded at the expense of the brave men and women of our General Services Police. This measure will neither increase taxes nor extract additional money from the City's General Fund.
Join law enforcement officers across Los Angeles and at no cost to the City or taxpayers, protect those who protect us!
Vote YES on Charter Amendment B!
Mitchell Englander Los Angeles City Councilmember
Wendy Greuel Los Angeles City Controller
Tyler Izen President, Los Angeles Police Protective League
Joe Buscaino Los Angeles City Councilmember
Charlie Beck Chief of Police
Michael Robertson President, Los Angeles General Services Police Officers Association
Dennis P. Zine Los Angeles City Councilmember
Frank Lima President, UFLAC - United Firefighters of Los Angeles City
(No arguments against Charter Amendment LA-B were submitted)