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Roundtable: Pension Board, Chargers Miseries, Clipped Wings

Aired 12/2/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests: Graig Gustafson, reporter, San Diego union Tribune

Jay Paris, sports columnist, North County Times

Kelly Bennett, arts reporter,


Jay Paris joins us to talk about the Chargers.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

The legal dictionary defines the term "indemnify" as a guarantee against any loss which another may suffer. But apparently that guarantee does not extend to millions in legal fees, at least according to one San Diego judge, who ruled against members of the former pension board. Meanwhile, the Chargers' slide just gets worse and worse, while the "Wings of Freedom" sculpture proposed for Navy Pier, is beginning a slide of its own.

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HarryStreet | December 2, 2011 at 2:54 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

They can pay for their own legal fees. The guaranteed pensions from the days of Pete Wilson or whoever authorized them should be revoked. Making such a guarantee that would cost taxpayers millions for life is not something any politician has a right to offer. Giving city workers such a deal should've gone to the voters to see if we'd want to foot that bill. We all know the answer, which is why we never saw it on the table. That being the case, these guaranteed pensions should be wiped clean and they get switched to the same retirement plan they've made for the rest of us. 401k and mutual funds.

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DonWood | December 2, 2011 at 5:04 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Politicians reneging on a promise to city employees and commissioners? Isn't this how we got into this mess in the first place? The reason the employees and commissioners wanted indemnification was because the city was asking them to do something ethically, if not legally questionable. Now its all blowing back on them, but the former mayor and city council members who pushed them into this debacle, like Scott Peters, walked away without a scratch, or paying any costs. Just the employees get stuck with those.

What continues to be ignored in discussions of Navy Pier is that it includes a proposal to build a new two story high parking garage covering the entire pier, blocking public views and access from Harbor Drive to San Diego Bay. All the hubub about the proposed giant structure (variously called wings, sails, bunny ears, a titanium tapon) missed the point that the Navy Pier would become another two story high brick in the waterfront wall separating downtown from its harbor, even without the huge bandshell and the proposed sculpture blocking public views. When the coastal commission approved a coastal development permit allowing the Midway to be berthed here, special conditions, which were proposed by the Midway promoters, and adopted as a special priority by the port, was to preserve public views over the Broadway Pier, and build a new public park on the existing deck of Navy Pier. The Port and the Midway already partially reneged on those committments when the Port blocked views over Broadway Pier with a new cruise ship terminal, and the Midway's new proposal would only further exacerbate this violation of the public trust. The Port has to hold the Midway Museum to the committments it made to the public and the Coastal Commission regarding Navy Pier.

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