The Tri-Valley's representatives in the State Legislature, State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), are set to kick off their 2018 Bipartisan Speaker Series with a discussion on pension reform Monday evening in San Ramon.
Glazer and Baker will talk about tackling the state's growing pension liability during the joint presentation at San Ramon City Hall.
"As pension liabilities continue to soar, California faces a looming fiscal crisis that could cripple California’s ability to offer basic services," Glazer said. "This is the sleeper issue of our time, and if we don’t act on it, we will be forced to make budgetary decisions that will create extreme hardships on families across the state."
The event will be take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chamber at San Ramon City Hall at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
Glazer and Baker will be joined by David Crane, a pension expert and president of Govern for California, a group that supports legislators in confronting difficult fiscal issues. At Monday's event, Crane will talk about how growing pension liabilities stress the California economy.
The two local politicians have held over a dozen bipartisan town hall meetings over the last two years, aiming to break down partisan divides in confronting California's problems.
"Our pension system is already crowding out essential government services, and threatening our future financial health," Baker said. "It is our duty to put politics aside, and find a long-term solution while economic times are better. We should not kick the can down the road, and wait until economic times are worse, and the crisis deeper."