As we observe Veterans Day today, I want all of us to recognize and remember the sacrifices of the men and women of our armed services throughout the history of our great country.  CAL FIRE Local 2881 has many members who have served either in the past or present branches of the military. These individuals are an exclusive group of people who should truly be honored for all their sacrifices.


Please take a moment today and thank all veterans who have served, especially those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


To all veterans, we say Thank You!


Mike Lopez


CAL FIRE Local 2881


On Saturday Oct. 15th, the California Fire Foundation hosted the annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Capitol Park, the historic grounds of California’s State Capitol in Sacramento.. The annual ceremony honors individuals whose names are being added to the Memorial Wall – either from the previous year, or from earlier years. This year 29 names were etched into the Wall. As it did when the Memorial was unveiled, the ceremony features a solemn procession from the Capitol steps to the Memorial site. Every California governor, from Gray Davis to Jerry Brown, has participated in Memorial ceremonies.

Changes to the plan administrator for Savings Plus Program

Dear Savings Plus Participants:


As you may be aware, the Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has changed the plan administrator for the Savings Plus Program from AON Hewitt to Nationwide Insurance.  During this transition, some beneficiary information was not transferred. Having a designated beneficiary is an important part of retirement planning.  Please review your account today to ensure we have your beneficiary information.


Use one of these simple ways to update your beneficiary information:


  1. Log in to your account at and select “Beneficiaries.” Or, you can print the form from the “Forms/Publications/Support” tab.


  1. Call 1-855-616-4776 to request the beneficiary form by mail, email or sent via DocuSign (our electronic signature service).


  1. Visit our Walk-in Service Center in Sacramento at 1810 16th Street, Suite 108, in Sacramento and complete the form in person.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete this conversion.


Sara Thomas, Riverside

Please support our CALFIRE Firefighter Sara Thomas!  Click here to donate.

With 15 years under her belt with Cal Fire Riverside, Firefighter Sara Thomas is now battling a personal fight against cancer.

Diagnosed with cancer after the discovery of a tumor, the disease has now spread to her lungs and liver. The 41-year-old firefighter has opted to treat her cancer with alternative medicines that are not currently covered by insurance. Sara has twin 6 ½-year-old girls, Mira and Olivia, who will be rooting for their mom and their collective future.

Spanish Ranch Memorial

On behalf of the volunteers working on the Spanish Ranch Memorial, we wanted to give an update.


The group has been meeting for over two years and we are very close to seeing our efforts realized. The simple memorial has two purposes. One is to honor the four men who died as a result of the 1979 Spanish Ranch Fire and the other is to provide a place for firefighters to learn fire safety.  To those ends we now have the plaque that will sit on top of the simple memorial foundation (attached photos). This plaque will sit on a simple stone pedestal at the entrance to Chimineas Road off Hwy 166 where you can see or access the hill where the firefighters were overtaken. We have been working closely with Bob Stafford from the State Dept. Fish and Wildlife who manages the land where the memorial will be. This project will also improve the access and parking to this public land, both goals of the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. We have been fortunate to have John Wallace, who was once a Hot Shot firefighter, to donate his engineering services to make sure that we are addressing any access issues off the State Highway. Fortunately, between our Forester Alan Peters, John Wallace and Bob Stafford we are able to make sure all the environmental reviews are addressed and no impact occurs to any biological and cultural resources. As we get closer to the time to install the memorial we will need some volunteers to help build it, plant a few oak trees, build a wooden kiosk, maybe a bench and install some barbwire fence around the parking area. While the plaque was already purchased by the donations of a few of us, we could use a few dollars to purchase some concrete, stone, trees and fencing material to complete the memorial and parking area.


If you would like to help with this, simply send a check to Captain Jason Potts at the SLO County Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund noting it is for the Spanish Ranch memorial. Once we have the memorial completed, we will hold a memorial unveiling event at the site and invite the families of the four firefighters who died and all of you who want to join us in keeping their memory alive.


SLO COUNTY Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund, C/O Capt. Jason Potts, 635 North Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo, 93405, designate that it is for “Spanish Ranch Memorial”.

Attention: CAL FIRE Local 2881 Retirees

If you have received a denial of a request for medical treatment (i.e. UR denial) and/or denial of  your appeal, your appeal to IMR to review that treatment request, please forward a copy of the actual UR and IMR denial letter(s)  to reference by April 26,2016.

Copies should be emailed to: or fax Attention Sam Davis 916-608-8711.



CalPERS Issues Fraud Alert for Riverside County Members

CalPERS Issues Fraud Alert for Riverside County Members Recent reports of individuals posing as CalPERS employees


SACRAMENTO, CA – Members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) living in Riverside County, California, have recently reported that individuals posing as CalPERS employees are attempting to engage with members at their place of residence. This is to alert CalPERS members in the Riverside County area to be cautious and to prevent them from being victimized.


CalPERS members in the City of Corona in Riverside County reported to CalPERS that a well-dressed male approached their place of residence and indicated that he wanted to discuss member discounts that are now available to them.  The members were presented with information on a clipboard that accompanied an envelope that is marked with a CalPERS logo and a form of an employee badge.


It is important for members in Riverside County to know that CalPERS does not contact members by going door-to-door. CalPERS members are advised to be cautious if they are contacted by any door-to-door individual and that they should get any identifying information, vehicles, business cards, names, etc., of the person representing themselves as CalPERS employees/representatives, and immediately contact the Riverside Police Department and notify CalPERS at 1-888-CalPERS (225-7377).


For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.8 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for nearly 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS’ total fund market value currently stands at nearly $290 billion. For more information, visit