Despite the suspension of California's open meetings law, many of the state's public pension systems appear to be adhering to its spirit.
In June, the state Legislature quietly suspended portions of the Ralph M. Brown Act, a nearly 60-year-old law that requires state and municipal meetings to be conducted in public, including posting agendas and minutes of meetings involving the public's business.
Under the change, governing boards of municipalities no longer have to post agendas or briefly describe closed-session items at least 72 hours before a meeting, for example.
But some pension plan boards are continuing to post agendas and board materials as usual.
The $5.1 billion San Diego City Employees' Retirement System, for instance, is continuing to post agendas and materials for board and committee meetings.
“SDCERS' commitment to transparency is documented in SDCERS' Vision Statement, which states that SDCERS' vision is to be an independent, leading edge, actuarially and financially sound and transparent pension plan,” according to a statement posted this month on the pension plan's website. “SDCERS will continue to voluntarily comply with all aspects of the Brown Act.”