Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations

The Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Policy Committee reviews issues related to transparency, technology (open data), healthcare, elections, and political reform. Additionally, the committee oversees pensions and workers compensation reform, as well as other labor-related issues. 


Retirement System Sustainability
Established in 1932, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is a defined benefit system. Members include employees of state agencies, cities, schools, and other local public agencies. Visit the retirement system sustainability page for an overview of the pension system, as well as related news articles, educational resources, and tools.

California Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is your one destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies. 

Policy Committee


Committee Members
The committee's membership is comprised of representatives from each of the Cal Cities professional departments and regional divisions. 

Committee Officers 

Chair - Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch
Vice Chair - Rick Bonilla, Council Member, San Mateo
Meeting Agendas and Highlights
The 2021 Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Policy Committee will meet virtually this year on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, January 15, from 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 4, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CalPERS Update: How We Got Here and What’s Next

October 14, 2021 1:00 PM — 2:30 PM


For many cities, pension costs are the second-largest budget line item after salaries. CalPERS is currently considering a possible adjustment to the discount rate, which will impact city budgets. This webinar will educate city officials in preparation for the important decisions being made by the CalPERS Board of Administration and bring them up to speed on what is taking place at CalPERS.

CalPERS Chief Executive Officer Marcie Frost, with CalPERS Board Member, League of California Cities Board Member, and Palm Springs City Council Member Lisa Middleton, will give a historical perspective about how we got here and what big issues and decisions are facing the CalPERS system.

Join this webinar to learn about where we were in 2000, the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act, the performance of the investment fund, the recently triggered Funding Risk Mitigation Policy, the ongoing Asset Liability Management Review (conducted every four years by the board), possibilities for further adjusting the discount rate, potential increases for PEPRA member contributions, and a look at the impacts on future employer rates. 

Leyne Milstein – Assistant City Manager, City of Sacramento

Marcie Frost – CalPERS Chief Executive Officer 
Lisa Middleton – Mayor Pro Tem, City of Palm Springs, CalPERS Board of Administration

This webinar is complimentary to Cal Cities Members and League Partners. Non-member cities and all others will be charged $100. Register by October 13.

For questions about how to register for the webinar, please contact Megan Dunn at For all other questions, please contact Christina George at

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Pina, Johnnie
Johnnie Piña
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