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Chula Vista Looks To Prop. H And Union Concessions To Avoid Deeper Cuts

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Aired 10/15/10

Chula Vista, San Diego’s second largest city, is looking at more major cuts to public services in the next budget. Much depends on the result of labor negotiations and a utility tax increase on next month’s ballot.

Chula Vista, San Diego’s second largest city, is looking at more major cuts to public services in the next budget. Much depends on the result of labor negotiations and a utility tax increase on next month’s ballot.

Chula Vista’s City Manager Jim Sandoval says unless city employee unions agree to pay their full share of pension contributions, accept a two tier pension system for new hires and forgo pay raises, the city will have to cut services and lay off an additional 70 people.

More than 100 employees have already lost their jobs as a result of the budget cuts, and city staff now number under 1,000.

Chula Vista failed to get voter support for a sales tax increase last year that would have raised $20 million a year. This year, voters are being asked to approve a telecommunications tax worth up to $6 million annually.

The city argues Proposition H simply updates a utility tax that’s been collected for 40 years. Opponents say the measure extends the scope of the tax, and wireless customers will see increases of up to 5 percent on their bills.

In the worst case scenario -- if Prop. H fails and labor groups don’t make concessions -- Sandoval says Chula Vista may have to lay off 150 more staff, and close the Eastlake Library, Parkway Pool, Memorial Bowl and two recreation centers.

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DumpPublicEmployeePensions | October 17, 2010 at 4:28 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Politicians and City (Union) Employees in Chula Vista – like everywhere else, want us to continue to believe that there is a “Budget Crisis” in funding services for the citizens (i.e. fire, police, Rec Centers, etc, etc). Citizens of Chula Vista and the rest of the USA – WAKE UP!!!...the problem is the impunity in which all of these Elected Officials and City Employees operate in approving for themselves INCREDIBLE Pension BENEFITS that WE THE PEOPLE do NOT get in the private sector. We need to have (new) elected representatives that will revise and ELIMINATE these Extremely Generous PENSION BENEFITS!!! Eliminate these exuberant costs to the Citizens of Chula Vista and we WILL have our services. Do you ever notice how SMUG city employees are – why? because they know they are getting away with these generous benefits and they could care less about “customer service” to its citizens because they are protected by the Unions and cannot get fired!!! And Yes - the Unions help keep the Politicians in-check by supporting candidates that will support their HIGH PENSIONS!

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