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2012 Pension Reform and ACERA Members

Many of our members may be considering retiring prior to the above-mentioned suit being decided. Any member who is considering retiring in the next year should read and understand this information. Ventura Benefits and Pension Reform

Before and After Pension Reform – Side by Side Comparison

This guide provides a graphical view of some of the key ways that the new law will affect ACERA members before and after the law takes effect.  Pension Reform Side by Side Comparison

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Pension Reform

ACERA has compiled the numerous questions we’ve received from members on the effects of the new pension reform law.  Prior to calling or emailing ACERA, please see if your question is answered in this FAQ.  Pension Reform FAQ

Pension Reform Summary

This summary was originally published on www.acera.org on September 28, 2012 and explains the key ways in which the new law will affect ACERA members.  2012 Pension Reform Summary

For More Information

More information about ACERA benefits can be found in our Benefits Section.  If you can’t find the answer to your question in the documents above, feel free to email ACERA or call us at 510-628-3000 or toll free at 1-800-838-1932.

Get an Instant Retirement Estimate: The most efficient way to get estimates of your retirement allowance before and after the pension reform law takes effect is through ACERA’s Web Member Services app on our website.  See the Ventura Benefits and Pension Reform document above for instructions.

Pre-Retirement Seminar: If you’re considering retiring in the next 4 years, and you’ve never attended an ACERA pre-retirement seminar, consider signing up for one.  It’s a 3-hour presentation that discusses the retirement formula, vested and non-vested benefits, the 5 retirement options, the retirement process, and much more.  Simply email us at, or call us at one of the numbers above. 

Counseling Sessions: Group counseling sessions are conducted by ACERA Retirement Specialists, and focus on the documents and forms you need to complete to process your retirement.  Most of the information covered in the Pre-Retirement Seminar WILL NOT BE COVERED in the counseling session.  To sign up, simply email us at, or call us at one of the numbers above.

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