During this season of new beginnings and the welcoming of the new year, one often reflects on the moments of the past year for which they are most thankful. Friends and family always come to mind, but all of us on the Board of the Retired Los Angeles City Employees, Inc. (RLACEI) are reminded of how thankful we are for our members and our partnerships with the Employees Club of California and the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS). Because of these partnerships, RLACEI was able to achieve significant results in increasing membership and providing information to our members. We express our gratitude to LACERS for allowing the mailing of our information sheet to all retirees. Our membership increased by almost 800 new members as a result. Our partnership with the Employees Club not only provides free Club membership to all RLACEI members, it also allows us the opportunity to publish relevant articles in the ALIVE! monthly publication and the Club contributes the majority of the prizes awarded at our events!
In addition to our membership drive, we held the “Refer a Friend” campaign which awarded a $25 Target gift card to any current RLACEI member that referred a fellow City of Los Angeles retiree to join. While this campaign is now over, we thank those who participated, and we encourage you to continue to refer fellow retirees as there is strength in numbers!
Member participation was at an all-
50 years ago, this June, a group of civic minded City of Los Angeles retirees formed and incorporated RLACEI. Most of them served many years on the Board and we have lost a great number of them. In their memory and to continue the spirit of fellowship and advocacy they established; we will host a grand 50th anniversary celebration this year. Further information will be posted in future editions of the ALIVE!, the RLACEI website and Facebook page. We hope you will join us to celebrate our continued efforts of camaraderie with our fellow retirees.
In the furthering of our mission statement, this past year, RLACEI joined the Alliance for Public Retirees in an attempt to affect change to the Windfall Elimination Provisions (WEP) which unfairly impacts those retirees who contributed enough quarters into the Social Security system by greatly reducing or eliminating the amount of Social Security Benefits received. Together with other retiree organizations across the nation, we hope to advance federal legislation aimed at reforming both the WEP and the Government Pensions Offset (GPO) laws which impact many of our members. The GPO can reduce the amount of Social Security spousal or survivor benefits by as much as two-
RLACEI delivered public comment before LACERS Health Benefits Committee and the LACERS Board of Administration in support of an actuarial study to reimburse not only the base amount of the Medicare cost paid by retirees, but also the additional Income Related Monthly Adjusted Amount (IRMAA) imposed by the Social Security Administration for those retirees making over $91,000 annually. The motion was passed, and we look forward to providing additional information on this matter once the study has been completed. We thank all those members that submitted public comments and emails to the LACERS Board in support. Your support, trust, and cooperation are the indispensable factors that help us achieve our success and affirm our strong position in continuing to advocate for the protection of our benefits and voicing our support or protest when they are being impacted.
In closing, we express our heartfelt sympathy and send our condolences to the families of our 283 members who passed away this year. We hope fond memories of them bring you comfort and peace.
With our utmost respect and gratitude, we look forward to your continued support and wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!
2023 RLACEI Board
Beverly Anderson, Lucy Artinian, Mark Blunk, Beverly Clark, Nancy Hammoudian, Vicki Keoseian, Tom Moutes, Ruth Perry, Ann Seales, Elizabeth Torres
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