A new lawsuit challenging San Jose’s voter-approved Measure B pension reform proposition has been filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by the city’s Police Officers’ Association.
A controversial pension reform measure passed by San Jose voters last June has been cleared to go to the courts, after a decision made by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
In a memo to San Jose’s mayor and to the city council, the city’s police chief acknowledged that the department is not able to maintain adequate staffing levels due to “unanticipated resignations”.
Monday, the city kicked off an experiment to put revenue from last year’s one-percent sales tax hike in the hands of its residents.
The San Jose City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will implement a second tier pension plan for new employees.
The California State Auditor has released a new report showing San Jose officials likely overstated future pension costs by millions of dollars, with the higher figures used in the lead-up to June’s controversial pension reform measure.
Rising pension costs are decimating essential city services, according to a grand jury report issued Wednesday.
Decisive victories for ballot proposals cutting retirement benefits for government workers in two of the largest cities in the U.S. emboldened advocates seeking to curb pensions in state capitols and city halls across the nation.
Less than 24 hours after San Jose voters approved an overhaul of city employee pensions, unions representing police officers and firefighters filed suit.
San Jose’s much-debated pension reform Measure B passed with 70 percent approval on Tuesday, marking a major victory for Mayor Chuck Reed, who has been watched nationally for his attempts to rein in retirement costs.