President’s Message – June 2018

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My humble apologies! I was totally remiss in not wishing all of our fire family mothers a “Happy Mother’s Day” in my message last month. With that being said, a “Happy Father’s Day” goes out as this month’s shout out!

Thank you to Keith Bandy and the host of volunteers that made this year’s Lane Kemper Softball Classic yet another success. Many thanks to Val Lawrence for all her hard work in securing donations and her awesome team that helped support her the day of the event.

LAFRA’s Pechanga Reunion just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. This is another great event for camaraderie. Huge props go to Tim Larson and Steve Domanski for providing the logistics and muscle in putting this event all together again.

Our next big event is right around the corner. I hope to see you all in DTLA for Hope for Firefighters on Thursday, June 7th. This time around we’ll have more than 30 fire station crews cooking up their specialties for you. Rumor has it that the “Best Theme” competition is getting bumped up a notch or two – think Back to the Future, Bay Watch and Purple Rain from year’s past.

And don’t forget that on July 14th, you can join the Fire Hogs for their 20th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event is for everyone, whether you ride or not. It starts with a ceremony at the LAFD Museum in Hollywood and finishes with a luncheon at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas.

Most of you should have heard by now about the non-Medicare health subsidy increase for retirees. On May 3rd, the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners approved just a 6% increase to the non-Medicare health subsidy. The new subsidy maximum is $1725.39 per month, effective July 1, 2018.

The upper limit of the Board’s authority is to increase the non-Medicare subsidy to the lesser of 7% or the Board-approved medical trend rate (which was also 7%). But just like last year, after tumultuous debate, the Board only approved a 6% increase. The tally was divided along the usual lines, with the mayor appointed commissioners voting for the 6%, and the firefighter and police elected commissioners pushing for the actual medical trend rate.

Stayed tuned for more news from Pensions concerning your healthcare options. We are doing what we can to maintain the status quo. I will keep you updated as things unfold. Remember also, that pension issues are not just issues for retirees – everyone of us, active and retired, is affected in some way by the changes that occur today.

Complacency can sometimes even get to the best of us, whether it is on the “taking care of business” side or the “taking care of your personal health” side. Close calls at incidents, injuries from routine duties, and illnesses resulting from working environments materialize on a constant basis. Whether you are active or retired, please don’t wait too long to get checked out for “something that just does feel right.” Maybe it is nothing – but all too often it is something. We all have the ability to see a professional healthcare provider, so ask yourself, “What’s the hold-up?”

Save the dates.

June 2nd – LAPD/LAFRA Car Show and Safety Fair
June 7th – Hope for Firefighters
July 14th – Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes Memorial Run
Sept 24th – LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament

Be safe and be kind to each other!

Robert D. “SteinTalker” Steinbacher
president@lafra.org
323.259.5200

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