SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The need for employee pension cuts was expected to be one of the main topics of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s State of the City speech Thursday night. The mayor was also expected to propose huge layoffs.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

With the city facing a projected $110 million deficit, up to one quarter of the city’s police and firefighters could be laid off.

”In the worst case scenario 349 officers could potentially be impacted by layoffs,” said San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore.

He said that would mean half of the patrol force would be gone, and those roles would have to be filled by officers from other units, including investigations.

Police and fire can now retire with full benefits at age 50, but the mayor is expected to propose tonight that the age be raised to full social security retirement age.

”We are looking at a record number of layoffs throughout the organization, just simply to be able to pay the bills that we have,” said San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant.

City workers who aren’t laid off are expected to be asked to take a 10 percent wage cut.

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  1. RealityCheck says:

    You want city employees to take a permanent 10% pay cut because the fiscal mismanagement of the city leaders is their fault. Sure thing Chuck. How about all the City department heads take a 25% pay cut and you and the City Administrator take a 30% pay cut. That would make the employees feel a LOT better about their 10% cut. And your idea to have cops and firemen working until age 67 is great. I don’t know about you, since you are older than hell, but personally I don’t want a senior citizen coming to save me because they’re physically incapable of doing the job!!!! That is why cops and firemen can retire at age 50-55, because they need to go while they can still do the job.

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