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Mayor urged to reconsider pension benefit rollbacks

San Diego City Council president Scott Peters has asked Mayor Jerry Sanders to reconsider the cost effectiveness of trying to roll back benefits increases, that the city attorney says were illegally granted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego city council President Scott Peters says the money the city would save from benefit rollbacks, is much less originally estimated. Aguirre says 700 million dollars are at stake. Peters says he believes only about 48 million dollars would be affected, out of a deficit of 1.7 billion.

Peters: "And the question we need to consider when we plan our budget and our expenses and our strategy is it worth all the pain we are putting ourselves through and the legal expense when that's all we can recover?"

City Attorney Mike Aguirre disputes Peters' estimate and says this is simply an attempt to put the brakes on law suits that potentially involve elected officials, including Peters himself.
Peters' question to the mayor comes at a time when the city attorney and the mayor are at odds over the question of using pension obligation bonds. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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