California readers: Please come to our CalPERS hearing or encourage CalPERS retirees in the Bay Area to attend. It’s today, May 2, 2014, 9:30 a.m., Superior Court of California, Department 302. That’s on the third floor of 400 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map). The hearing is scheduled to last an hour and the judge has said all systems go. The notice:
Case Number: CPF14513523
Case Title: AURORA ADVISORS INCORPORATED, A NEW YORK CORPORA VS. CALIFORNIA PUIBLIC EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEMS
Court Date: MAY-02-2014 09:30 AM
Calendar Matter: Notice Of Hearing For Writ Of Mandate Under The California Public Records Act
Rulings: Matter on calendar for Friday, May 2, 2014, Line 3, PETITIONER AURORA ADVISORS INCORPORATED’s Hearing For Writ Of Mandate Under The California Public Records Act. Hearing required. =(302/MJM)
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