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I think there may be a misunderstanding here.
Foremost, you typically cannot collect benefits when you retire because in order to be eligible for benefits you must be "actively seeking work." Obviously, this requirement is opposite to the very definition of retirement. Secondly, you can typically only receive benefits if you lost your job "through no fault of your own." You cannot generally leave your position by choice and then collect benefits because the EDD regards XXXXX XXXXX as voluntary (again, part of the definition of retirement).
I think the confusion in your case may lie in the fact that, under certain circumstances, receipt of a pension will not qualify as "income" and therefore not DISQUALIFY someone from receiving benefits. That section is UE Code 1255.3 and is explained thoroughly on this page of the EDD's website: http://www.edd.ca.gov/uibdg/Total_and_Partial_Unemployment_TPU_46055.htm
It is important to understand that section 1255.3 does not CREATE entitlement to receive benefits, it simply permits certain pension recipients who are OTHERWISE entitled to receive UE benefits to receive them. I suspect this is where the confusion is coming from.
Put another way, your pension may be not disqualifying
you from receiving benefits, but you still need to meet all of the other eligibility requirements, which include being physically able and available to immediately accept work, actively seeking work, and unemployed through no fault of your own.
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