California Court of Appeal Ruling Protects Oakland Retirees

In City of Oakland v. Oakland Police and Fire Retirement System (link:, the California Court of Appeal held that retired Oakland police officers and widows of deceased officers must continue to receive holiday premium pay as part of their pensions, as they have since 1971.  The Court of Appeal reversed a trial court decision that would have reduced the pensions of more than 600 retired officers and widows by over 10% per year, and required them each to repay tens of thousands of dollars in pension payments retroactively.  DCB represented the Retired Oakland Police Officers’ Association, which intervened in the case and successfully prosecuted the appeal after the Oakland Police and Fire Retirement Board abandoned the case.