The “California Public Pension Solutions Conference,” hosted at the Hoover Institution on October 9, brought together Hoover fellows, scholars from across the country, former and current California and out-of-state policy leaders, and pension reform specialists to discuss in-depth solutions to California’s public pension challenges: one of the state’s most daunting policy problems. Cochaired by Hoover senior fellow Joshua Rauh, Stanford lecturer David Crane, and Stanford professor of public policy Joe Nation, the conference is part of the Hoover Institution’s Leadership Forum program, which seeks to engage influential policy leaders with the Institution, its scholars, and its supporters.
To conclude the conference, Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose addressed the conference participants and invited Hoover guests on turning pension solutions into action. Reed has been at the forefront of pension solutions during his mayoral tenure in San Jose, successfully passing a comprehensive pension reform, Measure B, in 2012 with almost 70 percent of the vote. Measure B will protect the long-term health of San Jose’s retirement plans and generate the savings necessary to restore core city services. Recently Reed embarked on a statewide endeavor to bolster California cities’ ability to enact pension solutions.
Mayor Reed’s keynote address