City of San Diego Retired Employees Association
April 9, 2019
General Meeting Minutes

The minutes for the March 2019 meeting were approved.

Gregg Rademacher, substituting for Cynthia Queen, gave us some SDCERS updates. First, Cynthia could not be present because she is interviewing replacements for Jessica Packard who made a career move to Sempra Energy. He reminded members of the upcoming healthcare events, with open enrollment between June 3 and June 28. A cost-of-living adjustment is in process. Wells Fargo is selling our 401(k) account to Principal Financial Group. Finally, Prop B proponent April Boling has requested a rehearing at the Appellate Court.

Jonathan Hayes reminded members that REA is part of PEBA, which provides alternative and supplemental insurance plans, and invited members to visit the PEBA table for more information.

++Dave Twomey informed members that the Lunch Bunch – our lunchtime volunteers – now have spiffy new aprons. He again encouraged members to volunteer for the Lunch Bunch: it’s set-up, laying out the catered lunch, and clean-up, with no heavy lifting. And a free lunch! Members (or non-members) should contact Dave at [email protected] to volunteer.

Mike Bresnahan updated members on the “meet and greet” meetings that he and other Advocacy Committee members have had with City Council members and that all meetings have gone well.


The program was our own Charlie Hogquist, who gave a presentation on San Diego’s military history, which began with the first Spanish explorers. He spoke about both Spanish and Mexican military influence in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and the Battle of San Pasqual. He informed us about the development of NAS North Island (the Navy’s first flight school); Camp Pendleton (and who Pendleton was); the now-defunct Camp Elliott; and the equally-defunct Camp Matthews (now UCSD). Amid all that, Charlie gave us some interesting bits of trivia about the various military persons whose names are prominent around San Diego.