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Judge to give preview ruling on pension case

A San Diego Superior Court Judge will issue a tentative summary judgment today on whether the city of San Diego pension benefits should be rolled back. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Many protagonists in the city of San Diego's ongoing pension drama are on tenterhooks, waiting to hear Judge Jeffrey Barton's initial reaction to arguments that benefit increases should be rolled back. Judie Italiano is president of the city's white collar workers union, one of four municipal unions that don't want the benefits rescinded.

Italiano: "We're hoping the judge will have sorted things out to where either we're going to go ahead with a trial on this hearing or if he's got something that will point us in a different direction, so we're quite anxious to hear what he has to say."

City Attorney Mike Aguirre hopes the judge will accept his case that the benefits were illegally granted in 1996 and 2002 and therefore should be rolled back. His move to ask for a summary judgment is an attempt to could avoid a lengthy trial. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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