SJ Mayor Seeks To Amend State Constitution To Attain Pension Reform

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, who drew national attention as a result of his successful pension reform campaign, is in the spotlight again. This time his proposal is to amend the California constitution to further those goals.

The mayor, who became the poster child for pension reform following the passage of Measure B, is now leading a campaign for a statewide ballot initiative for the November 14th election.

San Jose Mayor Seeks To Amend State Constitution To Attain Pension Reform Goals

“In order to give cities clear authority to change future benefit accrual rates, I think we need a constitutional amendment to amend the California constitution to change the rules to make sure that it’s clear that local governments and the state government too, can solve its pension problems without having to go into bankruptcy.”

Reed added the campaign would be joined by other California mayors.

“I’ve been talking to mayors because we’re on the front line. We’re the ones who see the services that get cut with skyrocketing costs,” he said.

San Jose police officers have been quitting ever since the passage of pension reform.

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