City’s Defense of Landmark Pension Reform Crumbled at Supreme Court; 1000s of Employees Face Uncertainty

Backers of a measure to give most new city workers a 401(k) rather than a pension announced the proposal at a press conference in April 2011. / Photo by Sam Hodgson

Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wanted credit for the 2012 ballot measure that eliminated guaranteed pensions for future city employees along with other changes to how the city compensated its workers.

It was Proposition B, the coda to the pension crisis, the last act of the drama that consumed city politics for a decade. While the new system was actually not that much cheaper than the comparably low pensions city employees had already negotiated, it was the kind of grand, loud reform that could finally put the issue to rest in the minds of the public. It became a proud line of legacy on the resumes for conservative elected officials like Sanders, Carl DeMaio, the former City Councilman, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Now, six…

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