Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Carmel Art Association Presents SOLO SHOW JUSTIN WARD: ‘CARMEL MEMORIES’ & RETROSPECTIVE MARY BURR (1922-2016) ‘A LIFE IN ART’


Mission Statement: 
The Association exists to provide its members with a permanent art gallery, to advance knowledge of, and interest in the arts, and to create a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among artists and the community. 

A Proud Heritage: 
The legendary Carmel Art Association was formed on August 8, 1927 by a small group of artists who gathered at “Gray Gables,” the modest home/studio of Josephine Culbertson and Ida Johnson at the corner of Seventh and Lincoln in Carmel-by-the-Sea. These nineteen “pioneers”—who grew up in the 19th century and individually found their respective paths to Carmel from all corners of the world—each desired a greater sense of community, a spirit of collaboration, and a place to show their work. Before the meeting concluded, they had established an association with a mission “to advance art and cooperation among artists, secure a permanent exhibition space, and promote greater fellowship between artists and the public.” 

W/s Dolores St. between 5th Av. & 6th Av.
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Daily
Open to the Public at No Charge

For more information, Online or (831) 624-6176.

Thursday, February 2 – Tuesday, February 28, 2017


SOLO SHOW JUSTIN WARD: “CARMEL MEMORIES”
Etcher Justin Ward exhibits “Carmel Memories” representing a curated selection of Ward’s numerous limited edition etchings of Carmel and the surrounding coastal areas. View seventeen limited edition etching images including “Abode Rose Garden,” “Sherman’s Adobe,” “Returning Fishermen,” “Tor House Carmel,” “Carmel Mission,” “Customs House,” “Sherman’s Quarters Old Mty,” “Fallen Cypress Carmel,” “Big Sur Coastline,” “Coming Home-Fishermans Wharf,” “San Carlos Cathedral,” “Monterey Bay, “ “Monterey Past, Present & Future,” “Monterey Bay Boats,” “Storm-Driven-After Armin Hansen,” “Lone Cypress-Pebble Beach” and “Venice Doorway.”

Justin Ward - Etcher

RETROSPECTIVE MARY BURR (1922-2016) “A LIFE IN ART”

Painter/Sculptor Mary Burr's passion for art was developed simultaneously while dancing with the San Franciso Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Broadway musicals as a soloist and principal dancer. View six oil and mixed media painting images including “Julia,” “Memory House,” “Unlocked,” “Untitled,” “Untitled” and “Broken Promise.”

SPECIAL EVENT
FOR THE LOVE OF ART: HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS COMPETITION/EXHIBITION
February 2 - !5, 2017
Monterey County-wide competition and exhibition for 78 high school juniors and seniors from 18 schools and arts organizations.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

ADDENDUM:
Carmel Art Association on facebook

Saturday, January 28, 2017

City Administrator Chip Rerig: FRIDAY LETTER, January 27, 2017

FRIDAY LETTER January 27, 2017
Time Capsule Send Off
Fire Apparatus Numbering
Barking and Calling (verbal soliciting)
Coastal Living - Happiest Seaside Town
Happening at Sunset
Post-Storm Repairs
Carmel Chamber of Commerce - New Offices
Community Promotions Fund Grants for Special Events
City Council Discretionary Fund Grants

Monday, January 23, 2017

CORRRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS: Taxpayers stuck with $72,000 retirement bill, By MARY SCHLEY, The Carmel Pine Cone, December 2, 2016, 1A & 27A

 RE: A CHANGE that was to save the city tens of thousands of dollars by having employees contribute more of their own money toward their retirements was approved by the workers and the city council more than a year ago. But the change was never implemented, human resources manager Maxine Gullo discovered during an examination of city records. Gullo, who was hired six months ago, also found that the city was behind on its payments to the union’s separate pension plan.

“I was going through our contracts, making sure we were current and in compliance,” she told The Pine Cone. “When I realized those deductions were not being held back, that was when I backed up to figure out why, and it was because the CalPERS paperwork had not been completed.”

“Although employees in this bargaining unit agreed to pay, staff failed to process the required CalPERS documents, and employees have not been required to pay the additional member contribution,” Gullo said in her report to the council.

The state requires that certain procedures be followed in order to impose such amendments, including the council adopting a resolution of intent, the employees voting in a “secret ballot election,” the city certifying that the future annual costs were made public, and then the council adopting an ordinance on first and second reading.

SOURCE: Taxpayers stuck with $72,000 retirement bill, By MARY SCHLEY, The Carmel Pine Cone, December 2, 2016, 1A & 27A

However, e-mail correspondence per public records act requests demonstrates that contrary to the aforementioned reporting by The Carmel Pine Cone that Human Resources Manager Maxine Gullo “discovered” CalPERS cost sharing had not been implemented, Public Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun, attorney Samantha Zutler, Finance Manager Paul Wood and Finance Specialist Deanna Allen knew prior to Human Resources Manager Maxine Gullo’s “discovery” that CalPERS cost sharing had not been implemented. To wit, in a December 2, 2015 e-mail to staff, then-Interim City Administrator/Public Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun wrote “At the December 1st Council meeting, Council approved the LiUNA General & Management MOU to increase salaries recognized by the MOU by 3% effective 7/1/2014. The second 3% salary increase will take effect January 1, 2016. The PERS pension cost sharing by employees will commence at a date yet to be determine. This will be determined after the PERS contract is amended.”  Furthermore, even though Public Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun wrote to Human Resources Manager Maxine Gullo “I spoke with Deana specifically to work on the PERS contract amendment and it was my understanding that she started the process since both POA and LIUNA agreements were approved by council,” there is no written documentation that Public Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun communicated to Finance Specialist Deanna Allen “specifically to work on the PERS contract amendment” and followed up on the PERS contract amendment matter. Moreover, Interim City Administrator/Public Safety Director /Police Chief Mike Calhoun and later City Administrator Chip Rerig had the authority to direct only Finance Manager Paul Wood, not Finance Specialist Deanna Allen, to proceed with the CalPERS contract amendment. In fact, work on the CalPERS contract amendment commenced in July 2016 when Human Resources Manager Maxine Gullo contacted a CalPERS representative regarding the CalPERS Employee Cost Sharing amendment. To wit, in a July 15, 2016 e-mail, Human Resources Manager Maxine Gullo wrote to Public Safety Director Mike Calhoun and attorney attorney Samantha Zutler, “I made contact with a live CaiPERS representative (yah!) and she has provided me the first step to kick off this employee cost sharing amendment.

And importantly, Finance Specialist Deanna Allen, in a September 29, 2015 e-mail to Paul Wood stated that “We are waiting too long to start the process…I will wait…. But it only makes the effective date farther out.”

In sum, prior to City Administrator Chip Rerig hiring Maxine Gullo as the City’s human resources manager in June 2016, Finance Manager Paul Wood and Finance Specialist Deanna Allen advocated for “starting the process” in September 2015, but Public Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun did not specifically direct the finance manager to start the process. Notably, not only did Mike Calhoun benefit from additional compensation due to continuing payments as if he were still acting interim city administrator/public safety director/police chief between March 2016 and September 2016, but Calhoun also benefited due to the fact that implementation of CalPERS cost sharing begins in January 2017, after Calhoun’s retirement date of December 30, 2016.

Bottom Line: In September 2015, Finance Manager Paul Wood and Finance Specialist Deanna Allen advocated for starting the CalPERS cost sharing process, but Public Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun and later City Administrator Chip Rerig stalled the process until City Administrator Chip Rerig hired Human Resources Manager Maxine Gullo in July 2016. Importantly then, City Administrator Chip Rerig, Safety Director/Police Chief Mike Calhoun and Human Resources Manager Maxine ensured that implementation of CalPERS cost sharing would occur in January 2017, post-Mike Calhoun’s retirement from the city.

REFERENCES:
From: Deanna Allen
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:25 PM
To: Maxine Gullo <mgullo@ci.carmel.ca.us>
Subject: FW: LIUNA Contract
Maxine,
I did find this email stating PERS cost sharing was to be done at a later date, to be determined.
Thanks.
Deanna Allen
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

From: Mike Calhoun
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 2:31 PM
To: Rob Mullane ; Sharon Friedrichsen ; Janet Bombard
; Marc Wiener
Cc: Mike Branson ; Rob Culver ; Margi Perotti ; Deanna Allen
Subject: LlUNA Contract

Department Directors: This message is intended for LiUNA General & Management Employees. To avoid any miscommunication, please distribute to your staff.

At the December 1st Council meeting, Council approved the LiUNA General & Management MOU to increase salaries recognized by the MOU by 3% effective 7/1/2014. The second 3% salary increase will take effect January 1, 2016. The PERS pension cost sharing by employees will commence at a date yet to be determine. This will be determined after the PERS contract is amended. You will be notified in advance of this payment obligation.

This increase in salaries (hourly rates) will be seen on this week's payroll (for pay period November 16-30th- payroll date December 4th).

The retro pay earnings due from July 1st, 2014 to November 15th, 2015 will be distributed to your Supervisor no later than December 31st, 2015.

All retro payments will be issued in the form of a check, not direct deposit.

If you have any questions, please see me.

Thanks,

Mike

Michael Calhoun
Director of Public Safety/ Chief of Police
Carmel Police Department City of Carmel-by- the Sea
Po Box 600 Carmel Ca, 93921
(831) 620-2029



From: Deanna Allen
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:53 AM
To: Paul Wood
Subject: RE: MOU

But I have to give Calpers the heads up.
We are waiting too long to start the process.
And shouldn’t we be making sure this implement will be correct?

I need some direction. This is not how we have done it in the past.

I will wait…. But it only makes the effective date farther out.

Deanna Allen
Finance Specialist/Deputy City Clerk
City of CarmelbytheSea

From: Zutler, Samantha W. [mailto: ]
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:49 AM
To: Paul Wood <pwood@ci.carmel.ca.us>
Cc: Mike Calhoun <mcalhoun@ci.carmel.ca.us>
Subject: RE: MOU
I don’t think that’s necessary at this point (when the MOU is a draft, and certainly not if it’s going to slow down the process). I’d suggest we finalize it and then deal with CalPers.

From: Paul Wood [mailto:pwood@ci.carmel.ca.us]
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:47 AM
To: Zutler, Samantha W.
Cc: Mike Calhoun
Subject: RE: MOU

Sam,

Can I give a copy of this DRAFT to Deanna to forward to CalPERS so they can advise us on when/how to implement some of this (most particularly the –EE pmt of –ER contributions)?

Paul

From: Mike Calhoun
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 12:23 PM
To:Maxine Gullo
Subject: FW: llUNA Contract

Here's the information I sent to all the Directors. I spoke with Deana specifically to work on the PERS contract amendment and it was my understanding that she started the process since both POA and LIUNA agreements were approved by council. I'm still looking but can't find an email to Deanna regarding this subject. Mike

Director of Public Safety/ Chief of Police
Carmel Police Department City of Carmel-by- the Sea
Po Box 600 Carmel Ca, 93921
(831) 620-2029

California Public Employees' Retirement System Pensions, Employer City of Carmel-by-the-Sea: Names, Monthly Annuity Amounts & Yearly Amounts (2015)

ABSTRACT: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is an agency in the California executive branch that "manages pension and health benefits for more than 1.6 million California public employees, retirees, and their families".[1][2] In fiscal year 2012–13, CalPERS paid over $12.7 billion in retirement benefits,[3] and in fiscal year 2013 it is estimated that CalPERS will pay over $7.5 billion in health benefits.[4]
As of June 30, 2014, CalPERS managed the largest public pension fund in the United States, with $300.3 billion in assets[1]
References
1.      "Facts at a Glance" (PDF). CALPERS. October 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
2.      CalPERS. Facts at a glance: general. January 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
3.      CalPERS. CalPERS at a glance: pension program. December 2014. Retrieved December 09, 2014.
4.      CalPERS. Facts at a glance: CalPERS HEALTH PROGRAM. December 2014. Retrieved December 09, 2014.
SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

For the Year 2015, California Public Employees' Retirement System Pensions, Employer City of Carmel-by-the-Sea MONTHLY ANNUITY AMOUNTS and YEARLY AMOUNTS TOTALS $297,285.59 and $3,567,427.08, respectively. Five former city employees received over $100,000/year, namely George Rawson @ $135,201.48, Rich Guillen @ $116,131.56, Donald Fuselier @ $104,633.16, Bill Hill @ $103,796.04 and Greg D’Ambriosio @ $102,931.32.

California Public Employees' Retirement System Pensions, Employer City of Carmel-by-the-Sea: Names & Monthly Annuity Amounts (2015)

2015

NAME
MONTHLY ANNUITY AMOUNTS
YEARLY AMOUNTS
Rawson George E
$11,266.79
$135,201.48
Guillen Richard I
$  9,677.63
$116,131.56
Fuselier Donald P
$  8,719.43
$104,633.16
Hill Bill
$  8,649.67
$103,796.04
Dambrosio Gregory
$  8,577.61
$102,931.32
Mukai Melvin
$  8,109.69
97,316.28
Rana Joseph S
$  7,360.03
88,320.36
Kastros Mitchell A
$  7,188.72
86,264.64
Pelikan Margaret A
$  7,097.23
85,166.76
August Anthony C
$  6,970.52
83,646.24
Paul Susan L
$  6,582.31
78,987.72
Poitras Jr Warren E
$  6,473.23
77,678.76
Askew Jr William L
$  6,424.22
77,090.64
Martino Bernard J
$  6,397.79
76,773.48
Juarez Jesse
$  6,297.94
75,575.28
Chandler Terry L
$  6,190.13
74,281.56
Love Karen M
$  6,090.60
73,087.20
Spicer Ronald V
$  5,927.93
71,135.16
Kelly Gary P
$   5,642.97
67,715.64
Meroney Timothy J
$  5,527.53
66,330.36
Leidig Ronald L
$  5,415.09
64,981.08
Willett John A
$  4,953.46
59,441.52
Cullem James M
$  4,532.02
54,384.24
Pullen Gerald E
$  4,531.35
54,376.20
Hanson John A
$  4,404.63
52,855.56
Donoghue Brian P
$  4,389.45
52,673.40
Uretsky William B
$  4,371.32
52,455.84
Yeoman Dianne H
$  4,327.13
51,925.56
Roseth Brian L
$  4,232.49
50,789.88
Brehmer W Jeanne
$  4,082.07
48,984.84
Pearce Stephanie K
$  3,715.82
44,589.84
Duke Kent F
$  3,701.69
44,420.28
Clark Daniel R
$  3,653.46
43,841.52
Updike Robert A
$  3,651.94
43,823.28
Scott William F
$  3,381.83
40,581.96
Jacoby John
$  3,259.49
39,113.88
Sheppard Marcia M L
$  3,258.91
39,106.92
Nash Philip C
$  3,240.96
38,891.52
Miller Jane K
$  3,233.45
38,801.40
Bagley Larry M
$  3,222.24
38,666.88
Bowman Jon S
$  3,129.30
37,551.60
Elkins Larry L
$  3,100.93
37,211.16
Farrell Sandra L
$  2,783.65
33,403.80
Titus Nancy M
$  2,714.51
32,574.12
Hawthorne Gary L
$  2,646.56
31,758.72
Dambrosio Sandra L
$  2,623.02
31,476.24
Coelho Daniel G
$  2,611.50
31,338.00
Cox Lynn W
$  2,569.69
30,836.28
Raynor Catherine
$  2,509.88
30,118.56
Martinez Diane F
$  2,381.00
28,572.00
Lacoma Terrence J
$  2,290.15
27,481.80
Engstrom Marion D
$  2,270.93
27,251.16
Wermuth Delbert S
$  2,185.84
26,230.08
Morris Anne L
$  1,914.24
22,970.88
Black Arthur H
$  1,846.16
22,153.92
Hess Arlene D
$  1,759.80
21,117.60
Hidalgo Deborah A
$  1,743.84
20,926.08
Jones Lois J
$  1,725.44
20,705.28
Miller Christie L
$  1,646.92
19,763.04
Riddle Robert C
$  1,586.42
19,037.04
Hatch Clifford E
$  1,545.31
18,543.72
Laughlin Moira A
$  1,472.69
17,672.28
Williams Terrell R
$  1,399.69
16,796.28
Ransome William A
$  1,358.28
16,299.36
Fernandes Anita O
$  1,339.53
$ 16,074.36
Maschmeyer Dave H
$  1,326.68
15,920.16
Kushlan Diane T
$  1,293.61
15,523.32
Weston Jana
$  1,239.58
14,874.96
Prieto Ronald M
$  1,222.24
14,666.88
Peiken Judy A
$  1,165.06
13,980.72
Jahr Purvis Mary J
$  1,126.12
13,513.44
Lopez-frincke Cynthia
$    981.55
11,778.60
Crouch Karen E
$    927.62
11,131.44
Panattoni Cheryl E
$    829.80
$    9,957.60
Farris Joyce M
$    819.93
$    9,839.16
Cowen Jr Ralph E
$    794.84
$    9,538.08
Gibson Hresanthy
$    768.01
$    9,216.12
Ragghianti Rhonda L
$    746.92
$    8,963.04
Sallee Denise
$    685.76
$    8,229.12
Pullen Thomas J
$672.22
$    8,066.64
Grimshaw Dorothy L
$657.94
$    7,895.28
Warren Ronald L
$656.58
$    7,878.96
Brehmer George W
$644.43
$    7,733.16
Banks Leo J
$643.20
$    7,718.40
Mathis Kathryn
$587.35
$    7,048.20
Merrick Kathy M
$571.07
$    6,852.84
Connell Timothy W
$494.38
$    5,932.56
Dixon Carol A
$312.24
$    3,746.88
Wermuth Janice M
$232.41
$    2,788.92
TOTALS
$297,285.59
$3,567,427.08

SOURCE: OPEN THE BOOKS