By Beverly J. Clark, Publicity Director
Retirees on the Move
Meet Lupe Ortiz
Lupe Ortiz retired on May 8, 2021, after more than 36 years with the City. She worked in various departments, including Public Works/Sanitation and /Street Services, Economic and Workforce Development, Housing, Rec and Parks, Police Commission, Fire Commission, Library, Transportation and Personnel. During her City career she held several positions, including Clerk Typist, Sr. Clerk Typist, Commission Executive Assistant, Management Analyst, Sr. Personnel Analyst and Personnel Director. Lupe says, “The ability to move around and work for so many departments not only gave me the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience but make life-long friends.”
How are you enjoying retirement?
“While I truly enjoyed my City career and the opportunities that were afforded me, I can truly say that I love being Retired. Since retiring in May, I have spent time traveling with my husband, family and friends. My husband Bill and I have been married 10 years, and one of our future goals is to ride our Harley across the United States after he retires in June. The best part of retirement, though, is being able to wake up at any time and lay around the house doing nothing, if I choose.”
How did the pandemic affect your lifestyle?
“During the pandemic, I stayed at home like a lot of people. But now that it’s safer to venture out, I plan to attend art shows, read more and spend more time with Mom shopping. I am also looking forward to enrolling in photography and flower arrangement classes.”
Words of wisdom?
“My advice to newly hired employees is to make a commitment to contribute into Deferred Compensation. It was the best thing I did toward my retirement. For those thinking of retirement, attend a LACERS retirement seminar as soon as possible and consult with your financial planner to make sure that you will be financially secure.”