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City’s pension troubles continue

The legal costs of the city's pension problems are growing. The city council will decide next week whether to pay the legal bills of at least eight former elected officials, including two mayors, who want to defend their pension benefits against the city attorney's challenges. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Former mayors Dick Murphy and Susan Golding are among past elected officials asking the city to cover their legal bills to defend their own benefits, approved in 1996 or 2000. City attorney Mike Aguirre is suing to roll back some benefits, though he has not named individuals. Attorney Steve Strauss represents former city councilwoman Judy MCarty

Steve Strauss: "No one is representing the interests of your former colleagues the former council members and mayors and other who have served this city with distinction over the years, the purposed of this tender is to provide such a defense so that those interest can be fully and fairly represented."

Council president Scott Peters says it will save money to retain one attorney to represent all former elected officials.
But Aguirre argues that labor unions also fighting to keep their benefits have not asked the city to foot their bills. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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