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Mayor Sanders Asks Council to Put New Pension Plan on Ballot

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders revealed the reformed pension plan he will ask the city council to put on the November ballot. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

According to the mayor, his proposed reform to a hybrid pension plan for future non public safety city employees would save the city 25 million dollars a year.

Sanders: Of all the issues in city government that I have reformed, I believe this to be the most important, the current pension system is simply not sustainable over the long term for future employees.

Sanders' plan would set a precedent by moving away from guaranteed benefits to benefits dependent on investment returns.

The mayor will take the proposal to the council next month, but in the mean time he will continue to negotiate. 

Labor leaders say they are willing to negotiate, but the pension offers on the table are too low, leaving some long time blue collar workers to retire on less than $20,000 a year.

If no compromise is reached, city council will meet in early July to consider putting the matter to the voters.

 

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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