Retired Public Employees Association Santa Cruz RPEA

Retired Public Employees Assocation Santa Cruz RPEA

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RPEA Chapter 9 Surf City- Santa Cruz has been serving retired public employees since 1958.

LAO and IEC


The Legislative Action Organization (LAO) is a voluntary, unincorporated, non-profit political action committee. Its purpose is to protect our pensions and other benefits by educating the public and legislators about issues of concern. It raises and disburses funds to help elect candidates to the California Legislature and State constitutional offices that are likely to be favorable to the legislative goals of RPEA


The Independent Expenditure Committee (IEC) is a voluntary, unincorporated, non-profit committee authorized by Proposition 208 (1996) and Proposition 34 (2000). It raises and disburses funds to either support or oppose associations, coalitions, initiatives, constitutional amendments or other legal actions that would affect our members’ benefits.


These committees are supported by voluntary contributions.  If you authorize CalPERS to withhold a regular donation from your monthly CalPERS pension check, it must be $2.00 or greater.  LAO and IEC are two separate deductions.  Individual checks may also be sent to Headquarters payable to either the LAO or IEC, or individual checks to both.  Contributing individually to the LAO and IEC is a powerful way you can help elect candidates and protect our pensions and benefits.


Neither committee is affiliated with any political party. These committees are wholly responsible to the interests of RPEA. Funds are managed by trustees in accordance with the LAO and IEC Bylaws. No RPEA dues money is used by LAO. Funds are kept in separate accounts and are not comingled with general RPEA money


From the Bylaws of the Legislative Action Organization


The purposes of the LAO are to:


  1. Further the common good and general welfare of members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the University of California Retirement System (UCRS) by protecting our pensions and other benefits and educating the public and Legislature about issues of concern. 
  2. Promote the maintenance and improvement of benefits provided to members in CalPERS and UCRP.
  3. Promote the welfare of active and retired public employees and their families.
  4. Promote and strive for improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating members and others to take a more active and effective part in government affairs. 


Contributions to the LAO-RPEA shall be strictly voluntary. Request for funds from members may be made by the RPEA Newsletter or methods deemed appropriate by the trustees. There shall be no intermingling of funds or expense accounts between LAO and any other entity within RPEA. 



From the bylaws of the Independent Expenditure Committee


The purposes of the IEC are to:


  • Raise and disburse funds in compliance with the requirement of Proposition 208 and by Proposition 34 passed by the voters of California in General Election of 2000 to elect candidates to the California Legislature and State Constitutional Officers who have been supportive and are likely to be favorable to the legislative goals of the Retired Public Employees’ Association of California. 
  • Work with RPEA members at the Chapter level to involve them in activities to raise money and disseminate information that might affect the electoral process. 

Contributions to the RPEA-IEC shall be strictly voluntary.  Requests for contributions from members may be made by use of RPEA Newsletter or other methods deemed appropriate by the Trustees. There shall be no intermingling of funds or expense accounts between IEC and any other entity within RPEA.