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.
Barry Garner has already implemented changes to the procedures including an election manual and training for poll employees.
San Jose’s pension reform measure is still heading to the June ballot, but with slightly revised wording after a three judge panel decided the ballot language was biased.
Elections workers will be burning in the midnight oil for the next several days according to Solano County’s Assistant Registrar.
The defeat of several parcel tax measures has forced educators in Pleasanton, Rodeo and Union City to weigh how many more programs can be reduced or eliminated, and just how big class sizes will become.
City voters unhappy with public transit took their anger out their frustration with Muni at the ballot box, approving a measure that eliminates salary guarantees for drivers and train operators.