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California Government Tries To Hide Real Estate Deal Information AB 382

California Government Tries To Hide Real Estate Deal Information AB 382

calpersIf you work for the politically connected CalPERS or other California pension funds and investment vehicles, you would love for all your mistakes to be hidden from your investor’s view. And by having the elected officials in your hip pocket, your wish is now coming true.

But newly proposed legislation would make such real estate records confidential in the future, requiring public agencies to disclose gains or losses on a project but not documents that could show why a deal was made, risks involved, marketing strategy or partnership terms.

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin said his Assembly Bill 382 is designed to strike a balance between open government and the need to protect public investments from competitive disadvantage. via the Sacramento Bee

The newly proposed law is in response to Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard ruling that public scrutiny is needed for large investments of public funds. With the fear of crony capitalism, back scratching, and other nefarious concerns that have infected the California state pension system, the full disclosure of investments to the pension holders is paramount to protecting their investment.

Peter Scheer, director of the First Amendment Coalition, which sued CalPERS in the East Palo Alto case, said the pension agency has been involved in large real estate deals that went sour.

AB 382 would “increase the chances that mistakes will be made in real estate investments” because critics would be deprived of documents that could prompt them to raise red flags, Scheer said.

“I think public pensioners and the taxpayers generally benefit from as much transparency as possible,” he said

But the collusion between big pensions and big government in California will continue, and be given a hand going forward if Assembly Bill 382 is passed. Whatever risk of a more expensive deal for the pensions if the facts are disclosed ahead of time will be sure to be less than the risk of bad, unethical decisions being made in the future.

 

7 comments

  1. Leave it to California to do this! Good on those who caught this!

  2. If you're investing public funds, the public has a right to know where its money is going!

  3. Seems like there may be some validity, but I am sure at the heart of it is someone covering their butt. I work in the California RE CE business where just about everyone needs to take an Ethics course, but I guess it's one thing to take a course and another to live the values.

  4. Wow doesn't surprise me that this would happen but I can see some benefit in this for some realters but it also raises more questions. How does everyone else feel about this? Against it I suppose?

  5. If you are going to invest on public related funds, the public have a idea to understand where the money is going..

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  7. Unbelievable. Or maybe it's not. I wonder when pension fund and investment vehicles will get it into their collective heads and change the paradigm to include transparency. Ultimately, I think investors will be so moved/impressed (though unnerved) by honesty, they may in turn try to work proactively to propose and possibly legislate solutions which work honestly and effectively from everyone. By shutting out the public, the potential to farm dynamic solutions is also cut off. But maybe I'm an idealist and I should go back to bed with Sleeping Beauty.

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