Mountain Views News, Combined edition

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News & Notices:

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side

SM Community Calendar:
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Pasadena – Altadena:

Local City News:

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
L.A. Covid-19 Update

Education & Youth:
Newspaper Fun!

Support Your Local Businesses:

The Good Life:
Family Matters
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Best Friends:
Christopher Nyerges
Pet of the Week
Katnip News!

Opinion … Left/Right/Center:
Christine Flowers
Dick Polman
Stuart Tolchin On …
The Funnies

Legal Notices:

F. Y. I. :

Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

Recent Issues:
Issue 16
Issue 15
Issue 14
Issue 13
Issue 12
Issue 11
Issue 10
Issue 9
Issue 8
Issue 7
Issue 6

MVNews Archive:  Page 1

MVNews this week:  Page 1

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Over the past few years, the City of Sierra Madre has seen pension 
costs rise and, as a result, has been in search of viable options to help 
stabilize and reduce them, while protecting future benefits for past, 
present and future employees. 

In a presentation to the Council during the regular meeting on 
April 13, Hillary Guirola-Leon, Finance Director, and Sophia 
Kownatzki, Management Analyst, summarized their recommended 
plan of making an Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL) prepayment 
to CalPERS in the amount of $1.5 million. This prepayment plan is 
estimated to result in an 88.1% funded ratio for the Miscellaneous 
Plan and 88.9% in Safety, while generating savings in an estimated 
amount of $1.9 million. 

As of June 30, 2019, the CalPERS valuation indicates the miscellaneous 
plan is funded at 79.6% and the Safety plan is funded at 83.4%. The 
total UAL across all pension plans is $10,064,397. This valuation does 
not include current year returns. The most recent returns reported byCalPERS for FY 2019-2020 were 4.7%, which is substantially less than 
the 7% return target established by CalPERS. In total, Sierra Madre’s 
liability increased by approximately $600,000 due to returns that were 
so far below the projection by CalPERS. 

In addition to the prepayment option, the City Council will establish 
a trust fund under California Employers’ Pension Prefunding Trust 
(CEPPT). The Section 115 fund is expected to grow assets for future 
pension contributions and create a contingency reserve for those 
future payments.
Back on July 24, 2018, City Council authorized the creation of the 
Section 115 trust fund. This fund, when created, would allow the City 

This move will protect the pensions of city employees who work 

hard taking care of Sierra Madre without adding any financial 

burdens on the city. 

to invest assets to fund future pensions and Other Post-Employment 
Benefits’ (OPEB) contributions over a shorter period than a regular 
pension fund. There is also a chance for better yields than other 
alternatives, such as the Local Agency Investment Fund. 

Staff found that CalPERS provided the most cost-effective option 
providing the City with the best value. The CEPPT plan is a self-
funding, not-for-profit trust in which employers pay for all expenses 
through a participation fee equivalent to $2,500 for each $1 million 
in managed assets. In addition, the CEPPT option does not have a 
minimum contribution or required annual contribution amount, 
though it recommends a contribution of $500,000, which City Council 
agreed to pay for a one-time fee. Furthermore, the agreement includes 
annual funding of up to $100,000 for the next five fiscal years. 

The CEPPT option is also a less risky option and less expensive than 
the PARS Pension Rate Stabilization Program that was also considered. 

“The plan that we have been doing has been great,” said Council 
Member Edward Garcia. “We are in a position unlike and municipalityin our area. I want our community to rest assured that this plan is a 
good plan, the way we’ve been paying this down. We are not askingfor debt like some of our neighboring communities. We are doing it in 
a responsible manner thanks to our city management,” Garcia stated. 

The $1.5M additional prepayment will be funded as follows: 

General Fund: $1,150,000

Water fund: $140,000

Sewer Fund: $112,000

ISF Personnel and Risk: $98,000.
The $500,000 initial funding of CEPPT will be funding as follows: 

General Fund: $425,000

Water fund: $30,000

Sewer Fund: $24,000

ISF Personnel and Risk: $21,000Total All Funds 

General Fund: $1,575,000

Water Fund: $ 170,000

Sewer Fund: $ 136,000

ISF Personnel and Risk: $ 119,000. 

Despite the extra prepayment of $1.5 million, the city is expected to 
end the year with a budget surplus. 

The motion to make the prepayment and join CEPPT carried 
unanimously and with broad enthusiasm from Council Members. 
Congratulations were given to the city's finance staff and the CityManager for their excellent management of the city's finances. 

Copies of the report can be accessed on the City’s website at 

Kevin McGuire/MVNews 

VOLUME 15 NO. 17 


Mayor Rachelle Arizmendi wasn't the only one excited about city 
services reopening on Monday. Rexy might have been the first 
one to bring her book to the counter for check out. Library hours 
for the public are now Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm;
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The library is closed on Sunday. 
(Note: Rexy, like the Mayor is wearing a mask which is required, 
but she had to move it in order to check out!) 


After a thorough safety review by 
the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA) and the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC), 
they determined that the pause in 
the use of the Janssen (Johnson 
& Johnson) vaccine can be lifted 
and that use of the vaccine should 
resume. Vaccine providers in LA 
County with doses of the Janssen 
vaccine can resume administration 
of the vaccine tomorrow, provided 
they distribute the updated Janssen 
fact sheets to any recipients of 
the vaccine. Public Health will be 
posting updated safety information 
about the Janssen vaccine shortly.

As for the City of Sierra Madre,
According to City Manager Gabe 
Engeland says, "Sierra Madre will 
work with the county to try to get 
more vaccination clinics scheduled". 

The decision comes after CDC’s independent 
Advisory Committee on 
Immunization Practices reviewed 

data related to the recent reports 
of a rare and severe type of blood 
clot that occurred in individuals 
after receiving the vaccine. Based 
on their review of all available data,
both the CDC and the FDA determined 
that the vaccine is safe and 
effective in preventing COVID-19. 
We are grateful to the scientists and 
clinicians conducting this thorough 
review and are confident movingforward in distributing and administering 
the vaccine. 

The three vaccines that are currently 
available through the FDA’s EmergencyUse Authorization (EUA) remain the 
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and death, and eventually ending the 
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