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Council votes to guarantee pension board legal protection

The San Diego City Council has finally reached agreement on whether the city should be responsible for the legal bills of pension board members indicted on conflict of interest charges. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The council voted unanimously to stand by its decision, made in 2002, to guarantee extra legal protections for the pension board. But the council says it wont offer that legal protection for any actions taken by board members from now on. Councilman Jim Madaffer proposed the motion.

Madaffer: "We would honor the promises that this council made, but going forward the indemnity would cease."

This means the City of San Diego is potentially still on the hook for legal bills of defendants in the ongoing battles over whether pension increases were illegally granted in 2002.

The District Attorney has indicted six former pension board members. Their attorneys have postponed their arraignments twice, but a Superior Court Judge is scheduled to charge them with conflict of interest on Wednesday morning. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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