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The following words and phrases as used in this section, unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context, shall have the following meaning:
"Retirement allowance," or "allowance," shall mean equal monthly payments, beginning to accrue upon the date of retirement, and continuing for life unless a different term of payment is definitely provided by the context.
"Compensation," as distinguished from benefits under the workers' compensation laws of the State of California shall mean all remuneration whether in cash or by other allowances made by the City and County, for service qualifying for credit under this section, but excluding remuneration for overtime.
"Compensation earnable" shall mean the compensation as determined by the retirement board, which would have been earned by the member had he worked, throughout the period under consideration, the average number of days ordinarily worked by persons in the same grade or class of positions as the positions held by him during such period and at the rate of pay attached to such positions, it being assumed that during any absence, he was in the position held by him at the beginning of the absence, and that prior to entering City service, he was in the position first held by him in City service.
"Benefit" shall include "allowance," "retirement allowance," and "death benefit."
"Average final compensation" shall mean the average monthly compensation earned by a member during any three consecutive years of credited service in the Retirement System in which his average final compensation is the highest.
For the purposes of the Retirement System and of this section, Section 8.584 and Sections 8.584-2 through 8.584-12, the terms "miscellaneous officer or employee," or "member," shall mean any officer or employee employed after November 1, 1976 who is not a member of the police or fire departments as defined in the Charter for the purposes of the Retirement System, provided that said terms shall not include those persons who become members under the Public Employees' Retirement System of the State of California pursuant to Section 8.506 of this Charter or members of State Teachers' Retirement System of the State of California pursuant to Section 8.506- 1 of this Charter.
"Retirement system" or "system" shall mean San Francisco City and County Employees' Retirement System as created in Section 8.500 of the Charter.
"Retirement board" shall mean "retirement board" as created in Section 3.670 of the Charter.
"Charter" shall mean the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco.
Words used in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter genders, and singular numbers shall include the plural and the plural the singular.
"Interest" shall mean interest at the rate adopted by the retirement board.